Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Read all about it!

Time for IWSG February installment. I'm really struggling to figure out what to do about my books. I'm trying to stay positive that my 6th book will be published SOON, but it's very difficult when so many of my compadres are in sour spirits!

Then finally, I got some GOOD NEWS!

Firstly, I went ahead and commissioned the new cover for WINDY HOLLOW myself with the same artist who creatively crafted the covers of the first two books in the series. He's fabulous! He already sent me a terrific sketch and he captured the image I pictured perfectly. Can't wait to share it (and hopefully set a release date SOON!)

Good news #2 - I entered another Janet Reid Flash Contest--and I came in the top five, with some much needed positive feedback! And I also won a book--Yay! It was great to see Madeline Mora-Summonte got honorable mention in the contest too!

Then I realized that Ms. Reid is the best at giving authors cold hard facts and solid advice that works! So I sent her a question as I debate what my next step will be with my books... Basically, I asked if another publisher might be willing to pick up my series. I have a feeling that since my sales are but a trickle, it would probably be a No. But I look forward to her advice--Here's what she said...


So my dear IWSGers, the writing business has its ups and downs and we just have to deal with it and keep going. There are times when things get downright depressing. Then there are the moments of wonderful and surprising uplifts, so don't give up!

Keep Writing!

21 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you got the same artist to do your book cover. Hope you get a release date soon.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congrats on the contest, Tara! I wondered if that was you.... :)

And thanks for the shout out here!

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Thanks for sharing all this, Tara. I went and read Janet's answer. Kind of sucks, but at least it's an answer that can help put an author on a new road. Might be hard, but it's there. <3

Rena said...

Congrats on the contest! It's always great to get some validation. Getting a commission sounds exciting! I haven't wandered down that path yet, but SOON!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's wonderful you'll have a cover soon and could tap the artist you did the other books.

Carrie-Anne said...

Congratulations on your contest results and cover! I hope you find some solution for the dilemma with your publishing house.

Christine Rains said...

Congrats on being in the top five and getting a new cover commissioned! Hopefully things will clear up soon with your publisher. Fingers crossed!

Chrys Fey said...

Congratulations on making it in the top 5. And way to go to Madeline for her honorable mention.

Your situation is a tough one, and many authors, sadly, have to face this. You're right that we should keep on going and not give up.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congratulations on making it to the top five. 6th book is a HUGE achievement.

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine said...

Congrats on being in the top 5.
Her advice is sound at least. May not be the best to hear, but when is that ever the case really?

M.J. Fifield said...

Hooray for the Top 5! That's great (and congrats to Madeline, too!)

I'm glad you were able to commission the original cover artist for Windy Hollow.

cleemckenzie said...

Coming in the top 5 is a wonderful accomplishment, Tara. Congratulations to you.

I hope your next cover wows you. I'm sure it will.

Anstice Brown said...

Glad you are getting your book cover sorted and I hope your book is released soon. It sounds very stressful, but hopefully things will work out okay. Well done for coming in the top 5 of that contest-that's great!

Loni Townsend said...

Sorry to hear you're having a rough time with your publisher, but YAY for covers and WOOT for coming in the top 5 in the contest! Good to stay on the bright side.

Diane Burton said...

Congrats on getting the perfect cover. Best wishes.

Rhonda Albom said...

Great news that you love your cover (and the artist). I can't wait to see it. Congrats on the contest,.

Heather R. Holden said...

Shame your publisher is having such a rough time that you had to commission the cover out of your own pocket. Glad you were able to get the same artist, though, and that you're back on track to getting this book released! Best of luck with everything!

Deb Renee said...

Congratulations on your placing, at least, and the feedback!

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Honest, and tough, feedback. But you're in this for the long haul, so I'm sure you'll figure out your path going forward. Good luck!

Ronel visiting for Feb's IWSG Day Being an Insecure Writer -- And Happy About It

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Congrats on the cover!

What a great answer. Honest about the down side, but still offering hope. It's uplifting to know there are options.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara - well done getting the cover sorted ... and you've got your answer - great she answered it and letting you know other ideas. Good luck and glad your short story was commended ... cheers Hilary