Let’s welcome Trin Carl as this month’s featured Author. Trin is currently working on a YA Novel, Oh Brother, about a foster child who comes to stay with the Radtke family. Their adopted children, Zion and Amelia, will do anything to make sure this new kid doesn’t change their families’ lives. She plans to publish later this year, so keep your eye out for it. Ever ambitious she’s also starting a Youtube channel where she will post book reviews.
For me, writing is my break. Most of the time, anyway. I retreat from pretty much everything else that I have to do into my writing. The stories are where I make the world make sense.
As a full time Independent Author, you are going to be taking on multiple full time jobs. You will not only write full time, but also edit all of them, design the interiors and exteriors, and market them. That’s several full time positions at any major publishing house. Granted a publishing house will be dealing with multiple authors and you only have to worry about you. Still you can expect to spend upwards of sixty hours per week on all of this.
There are so many jokes about authors and cats. About people who have cats in general. It almost feels like a cliche to point out that I, too, have cats. And yet, when I think about it, only about half, maybe less, of my friends and acquaintances have cats, but well over 75% of my writer friends have or want cats. There must be something to it.
It’s such a cliché to start a blog on January 1st with resolutions. Yeah, should probably resolve to use fewer clichés in my writing. I’ll get to that later. For now, I’m just happy to be back, after more than a year of no blogging. I could give you all manner of excuses about why I let the blog go, but the truth is a few bumps in my life and the habit died. I kept meaning to get back to it (insert cliché about good intentions and Hell). Ultimately it came down to “It was too much like work and I didn’t have the time.”
There is a lot of advice out there for writers. Almost everyone who is a writer has advice for other writers. Me included. One thing that isn’t said often enough is that you have to be careful about what advice you follow. I don’t mean that some advice is bad in general, rather that not all of it will apply to you.