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What is it Like to be an Author?

Updated on June 16, 2014

Only the Facts, Folks

I don’t believe in sugarcoating. Never have. Straight from the hip I like to shoot, and if my eyes are clear and the wind is gentle, I usually hit what I aim at.

And today I’m aiming at all the authors and author-wannabes in the world.

Those who have been through the process of writing a book already understand that there are no guarantees in this business. They feel a special kinship to Stephen King, John D. MacDonald, and J.K. Rowlings, writers who labored for years without recognition. Those writing legends wrote for the joy of writing, and hoped against hope that one day, their damned ship would arrive at port.

We are talking years, folks. We are talking those who wrote before the internet, before ebooks, and before instant gratification. They had an idea, they wrote for ten, twelve, fourteen hours per day, week in, week out, and when their book was completed they sent out hundreds of query letters to publishers and felt the lash of rejection’s whip over and over again.

And what was their response to that rejection?

They sat down and wrote again.

So today I’m going to treat you to a reality check. At the risk of seeming self-serving, I’m going to use my recently released novel, Resurrecting Tobias, as an example of what you face as an author. I do not mean to discourage you, but I do mean to open your eyes to the reality of this business.

If I haven’t scared you off yet then let us begin.

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The Beginning of the Process

Yes, writing is only the beginning of the process, if your goal is to be published.

So sit down and find an idea, then outline that idea, and then flesh out the characters. Develop a writing schedule and stick to it. Allow the characters to tell the story. Write three, four, or more days a week, and keep your vision on the goal.

Resurrecting Tobias began seven months ago. It took a little over five months to write. Is that good? I have no idea. I’ve known writers who wrote an entire novel in a month. I’ve known others who took years. It takes what it takes. You should never rush the process. Rushing, or putting deadlines on yourself, will only stifle the creativity and, ultimately, cheat the story.

And then, one day, you are done. You type “The End” on your manuscript, you take a deep breath, maybe you crack open a beer and enjoy the moment, and then….you move on to the next step in the process.

Editing and Cutting Your Heart Out

They are basically the same thing.

After spending such a long time on one project, trust me when I tell you that your book becomes your child. You are protective of your child. You love your child. You will let nothing harm your child.

And then along comes the editing process, a torture exercise akin to lopping off the arm of your child with a dull knife.

It is painful and it is absolutely crucial.

At the risk of offending a few of you, let me say what I consider to be a truth: if you do not have someone else edit your book then you are a fool. You are too close to your baby to do an adequate job of editing, so don’t even try. Either pay a professional editor, or beg your friends to do the job for you, but for the love of all that is holy, have someone edit your book.

Have them not only edit for grammar, but also have them edit for flow, for consistency, and for rhythm, and ask them to be harsh in doing so.

The editing process for Resurrecting Tobias took six weeks. After I completed the manuscript, I did a quick edit myself. Then I asked friends to read it and give me their impressions. Finally, I had a professional editor tackle it, and when she was all done I made the suggested corrections.

Six weeks!

Self-publishing offers mixed results
Self-publishing offers mixed results | Source

And Now We Publish?

Not so fast my friends. We aren’t ready yet.

Your book needs a cover….and you need a website….and you need a synopsis of the book, and a tagline for the book, and the odds and ends pile up until another week or so has passed.

And then you have a decision to make.

How are you going to publish your book?

Most writers simply opt for publishing an ebook, and that means formatting the book for Kindle, and that means another week or two of formatting and downloading to the Kindle site. Some will do that plus download at a site like CreateSpace, and have them make a paperback of their book….add another few days to the process.

But finally that is all done, and the book is published as an ebook, and it is even available as a paperback through Lulu or some other site, and now your work is all done…..NOT!

This is the stage I am now at with Resurrecting Tobias. I feel deflated. The book is available and I have my next book screaming at me from the recesses of my mind, but my work is not done.

What next you ask?

Do You Want to Be Published the Traditional Way?

Well, do you? Do you want Random House or Simon and Schuster to publish your book? If so, the fun really begins at this point. Now you need to craft the perfect query letter, then start researching agents and publishing companies, then send out hundreds of query letters…and then wallpaper your study with the rejection letters.

And keep doing that until you run out of agents and publishing houses.

And while you are doing that you need to….

Making videos is part of marketing

Market Your Book

Hey, you wrote it, so go sell it.

If you do not have an agent then you are your agent. If you do not have a publishing house then you are the marketing team.

Of course, that means you need to carry on a social media campaign. Of course, that means you need to contact bookstores and arrange for placement of your book, and then see if you can’t get a book signing scheduled and maybe a reading. Don’t forget the library, and you might want to make some videos about your book, and when you’ve done all of that get out of bed and do it all over again.

Or….

You can just publish your book as an ebook and forget about it.

It’s your choice.

Sit down and do it all over again
Sit down and do it all over again | Source

Now Here Is the Really Fun Part of This Entire Process

There are absolutely no guarantees.

The reality is this: I am a lone piece of flotsam in an ocean of writers. After my friends and family buy the book, it all becomes a crapshoot. It may languish in obscurity, a footnote in my biography, or it may take off and sell thousands of copies. Everyone who has read Resurrecting Tobias loved it. They laughed, they cried, and they celebrated one man’s triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds….but….there are no guarantees.

And so I do the only thing I know to do….I continue to write. I send out my query letters each day, I market the book as best I can with a limited budget, I begin my next project, A Season for Killing, and I hope.

Does that discourage some of you? Well, it should. I am talking about working long hours for months without any promise of a financial payback.

And I am also talking about the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from accomplishing something few can, or will, do.

Writing a book is huge. It may never be read, but you will always know that you met the challenge, and you can spend the rest of your lives patting yourselves on the back for a job well-done.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Trisha Roberts 3 years ago from Rensselaer, New York

      Bill... You always are so helpful in your hubs! Thank you so much for this! I have been sitting here thinking about what I am working on and the "publishing" part has always had me stumped. This is a great view of it all. Once I have everything I want, I do plan on having my friend look over for me. Thanks again so much! I wish I could bookmark your hubs on here into a "favorite" or something. You are such a great writer. I still can't wait to get your book!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trisha, thank you for your kind words. I'm just trying to pass on lessons I was taught freely....if they help you then fantastic..

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      So, so proud of you Bill and seriously am downloading later on today and need some quiet time now in my crazy home to read your new book. You are amazing Bill and don't ever change. Plus, thank you for sharing your thoughts and the process you went through to get here with us today. Happy Monday to you now!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Janine! It may not be a bestseller, but it is my baby and I'm proud of her. Sending a hug your way; have a great Monday.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      It sounds like an exhausting process, Bill. Much different from what I went through when I self-published my poetry book. Poetry is a completely different animal anyway. Each page is a story in and of itself, so there's no need to keep the characters in line and ensure flow.

      Thank you for laying out the novel writing process. It'll come in handy one day.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      This realistic account of all the effort, trials, setbacks and rejections should be made clear to all aspiring authors. As you say, so many think that a book can be written and published easily before it flies off the shelves and there's a millionaire in the making. I wish! Your no-nonsense approach should give courage, though, as you've done it and you've succeeded - only the final response is out of your hands.

      I can only echo Trisha above - you are always so helpful!

      I wish you all the luck in the world for the promotion and sale of your book. I'm going to read it (sorry, still haven't finished the 'shuttle' but will do soon).

      Have a great week, bill. Will visit again soon.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No doubt, Sha, you have a book in you. I hope it sees the light of day one day. Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Ann, put the Shuttle aside and read this one. It is a much better book...much more mainstream.

      I appreciate your kind words my friend. The week lies before us, filled with unlimited possibilities. Let's get crackin'

      bill

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Sadly, you are so right. There isn't any guarantee, not just for a novel, but for any writing, really. We write from our heart and take it as it comes. Such are the rigors!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed, MIchelle. It is no business for the weak of heart. :) Thank you!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      "And keep doing that until you run out of agents and publishing houses."

      and, for some of us like me-- walls to paste the rejection letters---smiles---so excited for you--one day I hope to get going with that nagging plotline that keeps begging me to get started...best always and V+ per usual--kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Kim. I must be a masochist, because I'm starting a new novel today. Writing is what I do my friend. There is no sense in pretending otherwise. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I admire you for SO many reasons, Bill. I've always thought your day must certainly have more than my 24 hours; otherwise how could you accomplish all that you do??

      I don't think I would have the tenacity to ever write a book! My daughter wrote a book about barbering, but she has never tried to market it very hard.

      Congrats! I hope your book becomes a best seller. I do intend to read it, I promise!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for your kind words, Mary. I do appreciate them. I don't know my friend...let's just say I'm driven and leave it at that. :)

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      Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

      After reading the process, I'm exhausted already. lol

      Obviously there are many steps to this "writing" job and surely not for the faint of heart. Ebooks are gaining in popularity over paper copy, but there is just something about having that paper copy of your very own book on your shelf that makes it all worthwhile. So that's my goal. I'll practice with ebooks, then shoot for the paper copy that will get the place of honor on my best bookshelf.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I did the same thing, Rachael, and I agree with you, there is nothing like holding that book and turning pages...ebooks will never satisfy me.

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Thank you for walking us through the process billybuc. You did a good job highlighting all the options. At the end of the day even if an author has to self publish and get family and friends to buy every copy, there will still be a sense of accomplishment. I really enjoyed you video. I really hope that Tobias becomes a best seller!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Geesh, and here I thought writing was different than other matters.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Naw, Eric, it's all the same, buddy. :) Thanks my friend and have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Cecile....it is a huge accomplishment, sales or no sales. Very few people can do what we do...take pride in that fact.

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Bill,

      This is a great tutorial on the sequence of writing and marketing one’s book. And, I have to tell you I cannot get Kindle to work way out here---in the country---and if you did it in paperback or hardcopy let me know where I can buy it.

      As soon as my rehab is over and I can walk again---I will start my book in between taking care of my husband, Sweetie Angel and KeeKee. Then I will surely have questions for you.

      Please let me know about the book---I know my 89 year Aunt will enjoy reading it.

      Best Success in the World,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You should be proud of this fantastic accomplishment Bill, whether or not it sells thousands of copies. I am buying the paperback because as you say ebooks just don't measure up to a physical book and I can say my friend wrote it. One day I hope to be able to utilise this advice and follow in your footsteps. Well done.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Bobbi, and I hope that rehab goes smoothly...the book is available in paperback...just follow the link I gave in this article, on the right where it says "buy resurrecting tobias"

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I am proud of it, and thank you so much for buying it. Anyone who writes a full-length book should be proud.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A great process and you have shared such wonderful moments with us of your life.

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Congrats again for getting your novel finished and published! I've got it and its been bumped to the top of my list, so I just have to finish my "Picture of Dorian Gray", which to be honest is a bit of a struggle for me...I love suspense and horror, but this Oscar Wilde novel isn't quite the usual "thriller" that I'm used to! Sorry, I digress...I can't wait to read your book and I'm really hopeful that one day we will be adding your name to that list of authors who saw their fair share of rejections but persevered and eventually became very famous.

      I like the title of your next book already. Give us the scoop on that one also. Its never too early to start marketing. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, DDE!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Melissa, for buying my book. I think you'll like it, and I would love to get your honest opinion of it. I can take criticism, so please, when you finish, drop me a line if you will.

      I appreciate you.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Congratulations on the publishing of your book. Well done and very well written. That is quite an odessy (sp?) Tobias goes on through his life. I finished the book over the weekend. I am glad it had a happy ending. I loved the character Pete as still waters run deep. Had Maria made different decisions also regarding Tobias, his life (and hers) could have been much different. Because of that, sometimes incidents in our lives are not all our decision, but the result of decisions of others. Had Maria not put off Tobias the times she did, perhaps Tobias would not have had the drinking problems he did. Sometimes problems can be the result of omission and not commission. Whatever, the novel is engaging and I enjoyed reading it. A little heavy on the pontificating by Tobias, but it is very good nonetheless.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, I am impressed that you read it already. Thank you so much for your thoughts....and I appreciate your honest feedback at the end.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Way to go, Bill...Congrats on finishing your book! I wish you much success with your child! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Linda. This is the direction I will be taking from now on. I need to start cutting back on articles and spend more time following my dream.

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      M. T. Dremer 3 years ago from United States

      It's hard to sugar-coat writing as a career. I spent eight years writing and editing my first novel (an epic fantasy). Only to spend an extra year getting rejected by literary agents. After that, I decided to split the story in half and self publish it as an ebook. To this day I know of one person who has read it and enjoyed it (other than my editors). And that person was my father.

      I've also discovered that I hate marketing myself. I'm a crippling introvert so when an opportunity presents itself for me to tell people that I wrote a book, I think 'they don't want to hear about that' and I let the opportunity pass me by.

      Honestly, the best thing to come out of self publishing my book is that it allowed me to let it go. For so long I was hung up on that one story, trying to get it off the ground, that I neglected most other writing projects. Putting it out there has been a weight off my shoulders and now I can go back to doing what I love most, which is writing. I have no idea if the two books I'm working on now will do any better with literary agents, but I think it's vital that authors keep trying.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Who knows what one can accomplish in a lifetime? If a person has the desire to write a book and if they listen to all your helpful advice, they should go for it. I hope you sell so many books and become super wealthy, then you give to the needy in this world. Talk about feeling good, that will do it. The little i give makes me a happy camper. I bought your book and i will read it. Thank you for being you. I watched your self video and your look-back to dark times made me sad. You never really need to look back, that's in the past, bury it. You are a dear friend....

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      Grey Temples 3 years ago

      Thank you Bill for a very useful and interesting guide to writing a book and the process it takes from beginning to end. I am at the beginning part lol maybe I can beg you to be my editor? lol.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Well done, you did it Bill, and you are amazing! loved the video too! its all down to hard work and determination, something a hell of a lot of us just don't have, putting aside that time to write, edit and so on, takes a strong character, and however well the book does you should be really proud of yourself, voted up and shared all over!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      M.T. thank you for a wonderful comment. Your words are so important, and I believe you speak for a great many writers. There are no guarantees in this business, and laboring for eight years on a book and receiving next to nothing for it is admirable...and now it is done and you can be proud of it. Bravo to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, a dear friend you are. What lovely words. Thank you my dear, and I hope you enjoy the book. I think you will. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Grey Temples, best wishes on that book. I don't do editing any longer, but I know a good one who has reasonable rates if you should ever need her. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am proud for those reasons, Nell, and I thank you. If fame doesn't arrive I will still know I answered the bell and came out fighting.

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      April Garner 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Loved this article. Since I have a half-finished novel on my computer, the publishing process, while not imminent, is of great interest to me. It does take an awful lot of fortitude to sit down and write on a regular basis and actually finish a book. Congratulations!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, congratulations, you've done it again, well done. Thank you for sharing the process with us, very valuable information. Good luck with the book, can't wait to get my copy. I was about to tell you to get some rest, you've earned it, but now the work of promoting begins. Take care and my best to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, April, and best wishes on that half-finished novel. If I can be of any assistance to you, let me know.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Jo, and you are right, there is no rest. I took four days off and now I've begun the new novel...while promoting this one...and sending out queries...it never ends my friend.

      blessings to you now and always

      bill

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billy buc: Yes, you DO shoot straight from the hip! After reading your manuscript and looking forward to reading the book I ordered, especially to see what you did with Maria, I feel like I am reading, from you, a suspense story!

      Rejections! Mystery: Will an agent take a look? If he/she does, will they be interested? Tense. Waiting, waiting, waiting, to hear! Rejection!

      BUT, MORE suspense, as there are agents out there you have NOT heard from.

      I know in my heart you will get a bite, and, in the meantime, you can focus on your next masterpiece. This is an excellent true blue informative piece of advice, with a warning attached: Beware: it is NOT easy, but the positive is the feeling of accomplishment and mystery as you start your next venture. Thanks for the coat without the sugar. That makes you genuine. God bless, Sparklea :) KEEP US POSTED....WE CARE :) PS voted up and awesome

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You have much to be proud of and I know we all see you as a real go getter. You deserve the best and here's hoping you get it!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, I always smile at your comments. You just naturally make people feel good after being in contact with you. That is a gift my friend. Thank you so much.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jackie. I'm learning to be comfortable in that pride,as long as it doesn't grow too large. :)

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      Philip Cooper 3 years ago from Olney

      Thanks Bill....more words of wisdom which will come in handy when I have completed my own book. I'll make sure to download yours ASAP I'm looking forward to reading it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you one2get2no...greatly appreciated.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      First of all, BIG congrats and much success on your new book!

      Next, you're right, the "fun" begins when it's done and you have to market your book. Interestingly, even if a traditional publisher has published your book, YOU have to market your book. That's a publishing reality many authors are not prepared for (but I think you are).

      We'll be looking for more hubs documenting your new book adventure!

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      You do deserve a pat on the back and I want to read your book! Congratulations. Voted up and awesome.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Well stated, Bill. And, I do love the warm and fuzzy feeling when something good has been accomplished. Congratulations, and thank you! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, as always, you are right on. Agents and publishers demand action from writers...no getting around that fact. I'll happily help a publisher out if I can find one willing. Thanks for your expertise my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you breakfastpop...I appreciate your support.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. it is a good feeling and now it's on to the next project.

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      Lena Kovadlo 3 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      I completely agree with not rushing the writing of the novel. Let it take as long as it needs to take to come to an end. And you can do that if you are self-publishing. If you already happen to find a publisher for your story idea you can't take all the time in the world though because most likely you will be dropped. There are deadlines you have to meet...

      In my opinion it doesn't matter how or with who a book is published. What really matters is how effectively you can market it. Personally, I prefer to self-publish because there is no need to face rejection after rejection and worry about whether your book will get published or not, and trying to find someone who will want to publish it.

      Of course, then the marketing falls on your shoulders and if you are not great at it then you have a set-back there... You can always hire a marketing guru but that will probably be pricey. In this case, having a traditional publisher is a huge plus because they have marketing experts do it for you and you don't have to spend a penny.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      WOW-EE--WoW-WOW! How totally exciting to SEE your book...all created, Titled, Covered Done!...with YOUR NAME on the cover (too much pride & excitement for one person!) Bravo, bill....and congratulations on this great achievement.

      Your detailed account of what all goes into the final product made me dizzy....OK, dizzier. But, OMG. This is what I call a project of blood, sweat and tears. Oh, but bill...how wonderful.

      You deserve to be proud.....I know Bev & your families must be too. (that includes me!).......

      I really appreciate this hub and of course the genetic "shoot-from-the-hip" delivery. Is there another way? Sugar-coating has always made me ill.

      The very best of luck to you!....So, we just go to Amazon and order or what? Then to get a signed copy...we have to mail it to you w/ P&H for return? How does this work new AUTHOR?.....Fondest regards!

      Yipee......UP+++pinned tweeted.....Paula

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      A valid, strong case for the challenges to be overcome. Missing was the outright theft of the finished book, and that can happen too. I know from personal experience (another story for another time.) AT least one famous modern writer says that he still types everything on on his typewriter. His reason? "Typewriters can't be hacked." (Last name Forsythe as I recall, and it sounds as if he is exercising foresight.)

      Great effort here on this latest HP. Good advertising, too. The British and Canadians, as well as 50 Americans, a British destroyer, and 32 (?) Royal Air Force planes, were lost in the 1942 (?) Dieppe Raid which taught them a lot of lessons that helped with the success at Normandy in 1944.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Congratulations on your first but I imagine not your last. It really is lots of work and you finished. I am excited to read the pontificating, waiting on my order for a bit but you are on my reading list kind sir. Thank you for your support and being you. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lena, you make very valid points all the way through your comment. My dream is to be picked up by a major publisher, so I'll keep shooting for that. In the meantime, self-publishing is the only option. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Sis, how ya doing? Good to see you poke your head out and drop by. :) Well, you can order from CreateSpace, and the link is on that hub on the right side. If you wanted a signed copy, then it gets a little more difficult of course....I'll have some copies at my house. I guess you could send me a check and I'll sign a copy and send it to you....that's about the only option that I can think of. I promise to do an extra special job of signing it if you do. :)

      Thank you, Paula. You've always been here for me.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Perspycaciou, I love your take on it all...especially the last paragraph. :) Thank you so much for the comment and kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie, thank you very much. I really do appreciate your support. I hope those chickens are getting fat and happy. :)

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I just can't imagine going through this process and writing a book. It is so much more involved than most people think. I can only sit back and admire your efforts and persistence. Congratulations .

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your accomplishment. I'll go back to this when I need it. Great information!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on this achievement. You sure haven't sugarcoated it here but no one would have expected that of you anyhow. I hope it does well for you.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      sounds like a plan....jotting down on my enormous list of things to do....I could do it the way you suggested OR Western Union.....OR, what about PAYPAL? Whatever. I'll work it out. I definitely want a signed copy...are you kidding me?

      When you get a minute...privately email me your home address....thanks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. Now that I have two under my belt it is much easier...hopefully it stays that way.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Barbara. I appreciate it greatly.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish. I just don't want anyone to have misconceptions about the process.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Paula...we can do Paypal...that works for me. I will email you.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      It is huge--I suspect that the whole issue of getting a name brand publishing house to publish is also a crap shoot in some ways--the interesting question for me is say you publish now and say Random House picks it up--do you go through that whole editing process over again?? I suspect you do--and I suspect that is the way of it-so market it, keep sending out inquiry letters, start the next one ---and hang in there --ordering your book today--and whether it is this one or the next one--someone will pick you up --it will already be so interesting to see how much the book has changed and matured --best--Audrey

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      I remember the first time my art was critiqued, I was in tears. A friend of mine who had been an artist for about a decade already told me that if I couldn't take hearing "that sucks, throw it away and start over" that I needed to find a new profession. I didn't want to find a new profession, so I found a new attitude. Today, I realize others will have their opinions, but they are just that, opinions. Today I can take them with a grain of salt and am much better off for it. Excellent hub Bill!

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      LDThornton 3 years ago from Australia

      As always billybuc, inspiring and brutally honest. That's how I like it, in your face reality and not some fairy fantasy land. I know I'm in for a treat as was JK Rowling (I heard she had 100 rejections before anything significant happened for her). We write for the joy of it, and because we must.. a life unexamined ain't worth living right?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, again, thank you so much for your help on this project. I have no intention of quitting the fight. If I never get picked up by a publisher, I'll at least know that I tried and went down fighting. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathleen, thanks for a great comment, and you are very correct. It is hard to hear that some people don't like our work, but oh well. I have never liked Shakespeare, but that didn't seem to hurt his popularity any. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LD, thanks my friend, and I happen to love that quote about a life unexamined. Let's live life balls to the wall and see what happens.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Woo, hoo, Bill! The day has arrived and on my payday : ) I look forward to reading your baby. I believe I like the idea of the paperback, so I can hold on to it and say my friend, Bill, the author, wrote this book! Then, if I ever make it across the US, I will bring my copy and stop for a visit for your signature.

      You are already successful in having finished what you started out to do, and that is what matters most. I believe you may have a shot at an acting career too, after viewing your video. Oh, how awesome would it be for your novel to also be made into a movie ...

      Hugs and blessings to you, a successful writer and friend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The phrase "Live and learn" should be reversed in the case of writers, to read "Learn and live!"

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “Have them not only edit for grammar, but also have them edit for flow, for consistency, and for rhythm, and ask them to be harsh in doing so.” Exactly. I was just talking about this the other day. “Tell me where I screwed up, and please, be candid.” I love constructive, knowledgeable criticism. To me, it’s like oxygen, and just as invaluable. Loved this hub, and I’m looking forward to reading your book. :-)

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Congratulations on publishing your book and wishing you great success in all that you do. Your hub is an eye opener, publishing a book is difficult but having published a book gives you a great sense of accomplishment! You must be on top of the world!!

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Many congratulations, what a feeling to hold your own book. And yes, the hard work begins again with publicising, marketing etc. Are the characters from your next book challenging you yet? Very well done and I look forward to reading Tobias very soon. Thank you for all the advice.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, what a great example you have been, sharing your effort and accomplishment! Sincere wishes for the success of your book. You have my support.

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      daborn7 3 years ago from California

      Very good, and honest advice. I wrote a book a few years ago. The unedited manuscript is still sitting in a box in my dads garage back home. I would really like to finish it. I know a little more about the next step now! Thanks for the tips!

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      Tammy 3 years ago from USA

      I remember nearly five years ago the fear I felt when I published my first hub. I had thoughts of publishing a book, (and many are still shoved in a drawer) but the idea was terrifying. Then I meet other writers, like you, that have inspired me along the way. Your hubs have been very helpful. (I still think they would be a success as a book. :) ) You have pointed out things I didn't think of or know at the time. Thank you for taking the time to teach us through your hubs.

      I wish you the greatest success in your book. It is such a thrill to add it to my collection-with the bragging rights- that I knew this author way back when. Good luck and God bless.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I just came back to let you know I ordered your book yesterday, and I'm looking forward to reading it!

      I hope it becomes a best seller, Congrats again, Mary

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      Rebecka Vigus 3 years ago from Johns Island, SC

      Always good to see a realistic look at being an author. And yet we keep writing because it's something we have to do. I may never sell a million copies of one of my books, but if someone buys one, reads it, and find some enjoyment. I have succeeded.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, thank you so much my friend. I hope you enjoy the book, and you can bet I will sign it when we finally meet.

      blessings and a hug coming your way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Perspycacious, I like the way your mind works.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Genna. At the risk of sounded egotistic, I can get real tired of being told how great my writing is. If it were all that great I'd be sitting on top of the best seller lists....tell me what is wrong with it so I can learn.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Vellur. I do feel good about it, and now it is time to start a new one. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Travmaj, the book arrived yesterday, and it was lovely holding it. I only have two characters for the new book right now, but I'll work on that today. Thank you very much my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora. Your support means a great deal to me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      daborn, I hope you do finish that book. Even if it does not sell, you know you did it, and that is a huge boost to any writer.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tipoague, thank you for your kind words. I know you can do the same thing...belief and hard work, and I know you have both in you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, i appreciate you buying it and coming back to tell me. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Duchess, you just said a mouthful. I don't care about the sales on this one. I know I did my best and I'm proud of it. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Zachary Brown 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thank you for sharing this post Bill. As a neophyte in the world of indie writing I found your insight wonderfully useful. If your goal was to discourage...you failed. You inspired me, more than anything you helped to stoke the fire that will focus my efforts on my upcoming project. I look forward to reading more from you here at HP and Resurrecting Tobias soon.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zachary, I'm glad you found this useful. Discourage? No! A reality check? Yes! Thank you and best wishes on that project.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      How exciting that your book is out! The process does sound long and never-ending, like you said, even after it's out, it's important to market it and let people know you wrote it. I think summer is actually a good time for its release - at least, I know, I tend to do more reading in the summer. I look forward to reading it soon and best wishes on it; having it published is already a big accomplishment on its own.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you BNadyn. I appreciate the kind words of encouragement. If you do read it I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it.

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      Gail Sobotkin 3 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Bill,

      As you know I already ordered "Resurrecting Tobias" and though I am only part way through it I have already fallen in love with several of the characters, laughed, cried and am savoring every minute of this wonderful book.

      I know there are no guarantees, but your hard work, dedication, gift for writing riveting stories and determination to promote your book are all the ingredients necessary for your "baby" taking off and I pray that it becomes the best seller it deserves to be.

      Am voting this up across the board except for funny. Am also sharing this hub and will be writing an Amazon review after I finish the book.

      You've done an awesome job!!!

      Your Loyal, Admiring Fan,

      Gail

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, you just made this writer very happy. Thank you so much. It may not sell, but I know I gave it my best. I so appreciate the support of friends like you. Thank you and hugs are coming your way.

      bill

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks so much for the insight to what it's like to be an author, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Congratulations Bill. It has been really interesting watching your novel's, conception, gestation and beautiful birth, all on Hub Pages. Now we will wait for the pending success story. :)

      I have downloaded and I will be reading when I get the chance.

      Anna

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, thank you for your kindness. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. :)

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And not only have you done it once. Congratulations for a job well done, and I hope to see the next one, too.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb. I'm working on it.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I appreciate your sharing from experience the life of an author and the process of book writing. I am keeping all your advice in mind as I write this summer. Congrats on your book, Bill. I expect to receive my copy of if this week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, you have been a constant visitor today and I appreciate it. I hope you enjoy the book.

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Bill,

      I am sharing this on my: Sharing Great Writings of Friends. And, since I traveled down your hubs to get to this one---a thought crossed my mind. Do you talk as endlessly as you write? Just teasing!

      Have a wonderful sunshine day. It is raining in Florida---I cannot go to the beach---so I am waiting for the sunshine.

      Your friend,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, it's raining here as well, but there is no beach for me to go to. :) Actually, to answer your question, I don't talk much at all. I'm still the quiet kid in the corner listening to everyone else. :)

      Have a great Thursday and thank you, my friend.

      bill

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      As I mentioned in your other hub, I think that Shadows Kills should be on your website.

      If you have the book cover Art finalized, it should go there as well.

      On the Resurrecting Tobias stuff put a link to a new page about Shadows Kill. Put in the key words that identify its story like Redemption categorized Tobias.

      I noticed some preview comments from viewers on your hub, and maybe there description or summary go find its way to the website. Getting people to link to your website from their will also increase googlebility.

      The search using Resurrecting Tobia was good, but couldn't find it with key word searchs if I didn't know the name. In any case, anyone finding Tobia on your website then could go to your Shadows kill page.

      It seems to me that which ever publishing route you choose, it can only help to have google or search presence.

      just a thought

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again, Brad. It may be just a thought, but it's a worthy one.

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