For any aspiring author waiting in the wings, there is more to publication than writing. The moment the contract arrives, the learning curves line up and make themselves known. I’ll talk about a couple,
Do you have a blog spot? You don’t? Then go get one! Oh! And a website. Did I hear you say you’d knock something up on a freebie?
You need your NAME out there. You know, so your readers and those legions of fans waiting to read your books can find you.
But that’s not enough!
You have to design and create a presence that wows them and draws them back, again and again.
Yipes! How do I do that? I hear you cry.
Well, that’s one of the most awesome things about the world of authors and readers.
The writing ‘net world is cram-packed-full of wonderful people willing to share their experiences, while others have already posted helpful information out there.
And then there are the gems you meet along the way, which but for chance, you may never have encountered.
My debut novel, THE BRAT, released in October 2010 and on my journey to publication I have encountered many people I call Earth Angels.
They arrived in my life when I needed them, and sometimes before I realised how much I needed them.
For example, take my blog and website. But for one such Angel, I’d still be wandering around in a maze of confusion, with little or no passing ‘traffic’. I am not at all ‘web-savvy’.
She turned up in my life and offered advice and her experience, unconditionally.
But I didn’t meet this Earth Angel, until a friend, I hadn’t heard from for ages, asked whether I’d joined a certain writer’s online conference. I hadn’t, but for some unknown reason, I felt compelled to, even though it was half way through its programme.
That chance comment by a friend opened doors I didn’t even know were there for me.
Links and circles connect when you least expect them to. It puts me in mind of two of Reverend Charles Kingsley characters in his book The Water Babies. Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby and Mrs Doasyouwouldbedid. They are spiritual guides to a small boy who drowned and required guidance to redeem himself.
When people unexpectedly enter your lives at the right time it always reminds me of the many claimed piece called “Reason, season or lifetime”.
Reason, season or lifetime
People always come into your life for a reason, a season and a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.
When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, or to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or even spiritually. They may seem like a godsend too you, and they are.
They are there for a reason, you need them to be. Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die, Sometimes they just walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.
When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season. And like Spring turns to Summer and Summer to Fall, the season eventually ends.
LIFETIME, relationships teach you a lifetime of lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person/people (anyway);, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas in your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. Thank you for being part of my life.....
© Credits to the original writer
And so, I take this opportunity to thank this particular Earth Angel, and hope that you are all fortunate enough to recognise yours when they turn up.
© Sherry Gloag
Author: Sherry Gloag
Publisher details: The Wild Rose Press
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Welcome to the world of publishing Sherry and I wish you every success.…..