Snow, Stories, and one very Ticked-Off Cat…

Since everyone’s probably tired of hearing about (and seeing) snow, I’ll make this quick. We had over a foot of snow. That’s crazy for us. We usually get this shadow effect from the mountains around us and don’t get the strong weather. It caught up to us this winter. Wow.

I had a book release this past month, the first in the Earth Legacy series and the first in the fantasy genre for me. It’s been a long time coming, since I grew up reading the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, Terry Brooks, and so many more. I loved disappearing into these rich imagined worlds, so releasing something in this genre is like the culmination of a lifetime of loving these stories.

It’s been an exciting and nerve-wracking time, waiting for reviews to come in and trying to find ways to market. Marketing is tough. It’s hard for me to promote myself. I’m better at promoting others. I’m trying to get better at it, but it’s not easy. And with millions upon millions of books for sale, especially on Amazon, getting noticed isn’t easy.

Even with all the hard work it takes to get a book put out there for sale, I still love what I do. I just typed “The End” on another romance first draft, and I actually felt lost afterwards, like “What do I do now?” I like putting words on a page, fleshing out characters, throwing the proverbial book at them so they come fully into who they should be. I can tear up just thinking about not writing.

So, for the next few weeks, all my efforts will revolve around edits, covers, publishing, and promotion. I will miss the actual writing. Or will I? I have an idea for a short story I hope to offer for free. Maybe it’s time to work on that, just so I get to keep putting words to page…

Anyhow, I mostly wanted to say thank you to anyone who reads books, whether they are mine or someone else’s. You are a huge part of the reason books get published. I am an author, but first and foremost, I’m a book lover. There are very few worlds I don’t want to immerse myself in, and I hope your winter (and coming Spring) are full of those same distractions.

One final note. Dude is more than ready for Spring. He’s getting very, very tired of all the white stuff that’s fallen here this past month. We open the door to let him out and he hisses and growls and goes back to bed. Poor kitty. I keep telling him it won’t last, but I don’t think he believes me. 🙂

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10 responses to “Snow, Stories, and one very Ticked-Off Cat…

  1. Dude mirrors a lot of our ‘being fed up’ I’m thinking I need to head back to Arizona. It’s snowing here as I write this and I can’t seem to get warm. The fireplace is going and just the ambience helps, a little.

    I just finished Survival (The first of your Earth Legacy Series). WOW! Loved it.

    Springs coming, the calendar says so.

    • Arizona weather is definitely milder than here right now. But fireplaces are nice, too. I think I finally see the intelligence of those who snowbird, though. 🙂 Thanks for the compliment on Survival. It’s very much appreciated. 🙂

  2. I understand Dude’s upset. Miss Penny was none too happy either. Yeah, snowed here again today. Survival is a great book, I really enjoyed it.

    • I can bet Miss Penny isn’t happy. We got another quick hit this morning, but only for a few minutes. Thank you for your kind comments on Survival. I’ve been angsting over it, as you probably know. 🙂

  3. So sorry about poor Dude, if only he could realize that spring will be here soon 🙂
    I loved Survival, and I wish you mega sales, Laurie. This is such a great series and I can’t wait for the next story!
    And thanks for the reminder of WHY we write. While sales are nice (understatement), the sheer joy of writing is what it’s all about.

    • You’re welcome (for that writing reminder.) It was the first time in a while that I actually felt bereft. Part of it is that I’m done with the fantasy series and even though I have more stories planned in that world, not all of those characters will be in them. Plus, there’s a horse in the romance I just finished and I love horses. Thank you for the Survival love. I am hoping the series takes off and people enjoy the stories.

  4. Poor Dude. I feel for him. And I also feel your pain on the marketing. It’s hard for me too. And discouraging trying to get traction with book sales. I’m thrilled you wrote what you love with the fantasy and I admire that. Those are hard. I am with you on needing that joy of writing. I just wish there was joy in marketing. Lol. Jillian.

    • You’ve been there (in the joy market.) And I suspect you’ll be there again. However, I didn’t even start writing until I retired, so I admire that you’ve been writing such cool stories and doing the day+ job for all this time!

  5. I love this post :). And that is a CRAZY amount of snow!!

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