I've not really been on a blog-cation, more like a life-cation-- yep, that's when life takes over social media for a time. hehe. Came back today and noticed announcements for my blogging friend Carol Kilgore's new release. Exciting things happening Under the Tiki Hut! Yay Carol! This one's going on my to-read list.
I get frustrated trying to keep up with everybody's books and stuff. After three years blogging with other writers, progress happens and people get contracts, or agents, or make new decisions about how to get their books out there and the books come faster than I can follow.
This speed of publishing (ha, whoever thought we'd see speed and publishing in the same sentence) is a new trend. Compared to the old days, it is super warp speed. More books coming out faster boom boom boom.
How to keep up with it all? How to find one's audience in the midst of this publishing boom? How to stand out above the crowd and get noticed? That's a lot of pressure on authors as well as publishers and everyone in the industry.
As my own new novel is preparing for release in September I think about it. When I'm writing I don't think about it, except as a general concept. But then it comes time to put your own baby out there, it's no longer general but extremely personal.
I feel a headache coming on.
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf