It’s baaaa-aaaak! After a short hiatus I am bringing back Welcome Wednesday! My first guest after the break is Bridget Straub from her self-titled blog bridgetstraub.com. Bridget was awesome enough to contact me about participating in Welcome Wednesday and I am so glad she did!
In December Bridget was lucky enough to publish her first book called Searching for my Wand. I’ve read an excerpt of it and I can’t wait to read more! In fact I just bought it for my Kindle! LOL You can also watch the book trailer here. So be sure to go and check out her blog, her book, and her book trailer, but first read her guest post below!
I have to say, I sometimes astound even myself. In preparation for the release of my first novel, “Searching for My Wand”, I have done things I never would have thought I was capable of. Less than a year ago I launched my blog, bridgetstraub.com, with the intention of building an audience for the four novels I had written in a period of ridiculous productivity. I also loosely held onto the fantasy that perhaps some agent or publisher would stumble by and discover me. I say loosely because the fact that it has yet to happen really doesn’t surprise me. I also haven’t won the lottery, and I figure my odds are about the same.
Next, I joined the new millennium and got myself a Facebook page. Later, I even caved and became a twitter tweep or whatever you want to call it. I have joined a variety of writing groups and written guest posts for other bloggers, all the while keeping an eye on how rapidly the world of publishing is changing. More and more, the idea of waiting to be discovered or spending months, or even years querying agents who often don’t look at unsolicited material, began to weigh on me. I have four novels completed, and loving to write as I do, I am working on another. I want to generate an income with my writing sooner rather than later, if for no other reason than to be able to concentrate on the writing itself. Which is why I began reading everything I could on the pros and cons of self-publishing.
The more I read, the more I became convinced that I had nothing to lose by self-publishing at least one of my books, if not more. Many traditionally published authors discuss how shocked they are to discover how much of their own marketing they are expected to do, and that, along with the time delay, left me wondering how worthwhile traditional publishing would be for me. Now don’t get me wrong, if some publisher said today they’d give me a big old advance and place my books in Target, I would run to sign that contract, but as I said before, that is a loosely held fantasy. Thus, my decision was made and once it was, it only made sense to try and get the book out in time for the holidays.
“Searching for My Wand” is set for a mid-December release, and so today, with the help of my daughter’s more tech savvy friend, I have begun working on my book trailer. I have written the copy, handed her the pictures and chosen the music. I’ve told her what order the pictures should go in and she has somehow magically put it into the makings of a book trailer that I won’t be embarrassed to show. It’s amazing. I have designed the cover of the book with the help of a wonderful blogger I met online. That same blogger volunteered to format the book for me, and I then managed to upload it and send it off to the publisher. Somehow I am managing to do this, and it blows my mind.
If I were lucky enough to get published it would blow my mind too! I’m so happy for you Bridget! Congrats on being published, I’m so happy for you!!! Good luck with your blog, I am rooting for you! Also, thanks for being a part of Welcome Wednesday!
If you are interested in participating in Welcome Wednesday, please contact me! I am currently booking in February!