We all know publishing is a business. Writing the book is just the beginning. And yet the writing itself is why we as authors are first drawn to the field. Telling stories from our hearts. Creating characters from thin air and weaving plots that keep the pages turning can feel like having a superpower. But all superpowers have their kryptonite.
Until a thoughtless comment or bad review slows you down, like kryptonite.
..and fell woefully behind schedule with my fiction writing. I’m also a technical writer at my day job, and it was all I could handle to get that work done before icing my wrist down at night and self-medicating with a glass or two of wine. The book that I’d promised my readers fell by the wayside, the “coming soon” date on my website mocking me.
Early this year, I started writing again, determined to finish it by “Summer 2017,” an amorphous enough date that I don’t feel hemmed in… And then a terrible review hit me like kryptonite. The manuscript languished, I despaired of my choice to write fiction at all. Fan letters followed, readers eager for the next installment in my series… but still I clung to the harsh words from the bad review, choosing to let one bitter reader ruin it for the rest.
With a conscious effort to choose love and support over those who would tear you down. Even Superman needed Lois Lane. You have your writing group, your author friends, your family… listen to them. The good reviews, the emails and Facebook messages from readers who take the time to reach out and tell you they appreciate your books… listen to them.
Writing is subjective. Not everyone will like yours. But don’t let their kryptonite stop you.
Summer is prime “event” season, lots of fairs and outdoor events with opportunities for authors. Always-Always-Always remember to smile – a smile is an open invitation to start a conversation. And besides, you never know when someone is taking a photo these days. Better to be the one smiling than the one with the scowl.
Shea MacNamara’s life just got complicated. When a freak tornado devastates his Oklahoma farm, fifteen-year-old Shea moves to Cape Cod to live with a grandmother he’s never met. Struggling to make sense of his new surroundings, he meets a girl along the shore who changes his life forever.
Kae belongs to an undersea world hidden from humans, where bloody war rages between opposing clans. A fragile peace accord hinges on marriage between the royal families, but treachery and magick lurk in every shadow.
With Kae’s help, Shea discovers his true heritage and finds that his destiny lies somewhere far below the ocean’s surface.
Katie O’Sullivan lives on Cape Cod, drinking way too much coffee and inventing new excuses not to dust. Living next to the Atlantic influences everything she writes, from her YA series about mermaids to her contemporary romances for The Wild Rose Press. A recovering English major, she earned her degree at Colgate University and now writes romance and adventure for young adults, and something steamier for the young at heart.