Thursday, December 13, 2018

"That wasn't so bad." "That was morphine."

 Wherein Jack might be eating sushi.

 Not the typical way either. I once owned a pet fish. I cleaned its tank with one of those pasta strainers. So I bought another to strain my pasta. When tie fish died I mixed up which strainer was for the fish and which for the pasta. 

 Also who let the dyslexic Author loose on the blog at five in the morning? With all those misspelled words did that last post even make any sense?

 Moving on.

 Keturah asked me about my self publishing journey so I thought I would share. Proof I read comments even if I am rubbish at replying sometimes. What can I say, I get side tracked by food....mostly cookies.

 Some of you were here for the whole Haphazard journey so you will remember the hours I spent editing and wielding a sword at the capitol with the help of faithful comrades to get the cover picture.

 I don't even know where it started though, what first made me get the idea to set my book in print and set out on this wild journey. I think it began with another book, before I even became Jack. (Yes, it's true. I've not always been Jack. I have been given many nick names throughout my life span. Jack just stuck and was one of the less odder ones so I embraced it.)

 Haphazard came into existence about the same time as Jack. Before that I knew nothing of Steampunk and Peter Jones was nowhere close to being in my life, though it often seems he has been apart of my whole life, as if I have also always been Jack. Maybe you've had like experience. Where you met someone and it seems as if they have always been part of your life because they help make you whole.

 Anyway, that is how it was with Peter. I was at the library one day and happened across a book with a cool cover, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. It had gears and googles and what more could I ask for? So I took it home, and devoured it, and basically went, WOW! Steampunk! And never looked back. 

 Now, this leads me back to Peter. I've always loved the name Peter but was saving it for an extra special character. Then this short, Scottish, Steampunk pilot appeared to me and I knew he was the one. Snarky, done with everyone, a gentleman and endearing and he won me over. I sat down and pounded out four books in the span of a month per book.

 There was something about this series that I wanted to share. So I sent it off to readers who fell in love with Peter and his madcap companions and I realized I couldn't stuff his book to grow moldy in some document like so many others before him.

 But what to do? What I always do. RESEARCH! At the time self publishing was the new big thing. I did submit my book to publishers, but in the end I decided to self publish. Why? Why does Jack do anything she does?  Okay, honestly, I never thought I'd stand a chance to get published. I guess I was kind of giving up on myself. Maybe. See, all this happened in the midst of a great upheaval in my life. So while I was doubting myself, I was also under the belief I had what it took to publish my book by myself. I studied how to format, how to market, and scoured books to get an idea for the ideal cover. I put hours and hours into this book.

 At the same time I came up with my marketing scheme which has now become my, just being Jack ploy. I hid my real name, did all the work under my penname, and hid my face. Now I do it because I like trolling everyone, or whatever that is called.

 Of course, as years passed I learned more about writing and myself. When Brothers-in-Arms was ready to be published I decided to send it to a publisher until I got one snagged. (As you know, I succeeded.) And now, looking back, I can see the mistakes in Haphazard, hence the rewrite.

 But do I regret self publishing? Not for one minute. Would I do it again? Yep. Because that journey got me where I am today. It made me many friends and got me through a dark time in my life. And hey, I got to meet Peter Jones and write his story. So while I am delighted to have a publisher, I look back on my self publishing days with fond memories and much learned and gained.

 Do I still read and support self published books? For sure! Some of my favorite books are self published. It is not an easy road to go down and I don't think it is a cop out for publishing. In fact, in many ways I think it is even harder to self publish. It's not for everyone, but for those it is for they do a ton of hard work. That can be said of all Authors, writing is HARD. Publishing is hard. Putting up with cranky Air Pirates is hard. But it is well worth it.

 Basically, if an Author self publishes, publishes, or hides books in moldy documents they need support and chocolate. You never know when they are being hounded by angry characters or eating sushi out of a pasta strainer. 



  1. Ooooohhh, I love your story and thanks for answering my questions!

    For some reason I've never doubted you don't read my comments like some bloggers that don't reply. To be honest, if I thought you didn't read them I'd probably have stopped commenting long ago. Normally it annoys me when someone doesn't reply on a regular basis and I'll unfollow the blog, but it's part of your glamour I think. Trolling, as you put it. We all know you're watching. We're just not sure where from ;D

    Also, remind me to never have pasta or sushi if I ever meet you in real life. (But what if I have met you in real life and don't know it - isn't that a thought!)

    Love your blog and writing and enjoying "Through a Glass Darkly". Keep up the good work!

  2. This was so fun to read! I started following your blog a little after you had self-published, so I never knew the full story. Thank you for sharing! :D

    And Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld was an AWESOME book, yes! Huzzah for steampunk!

  3. Thanks for sharing! This was fantastic. I think I found your blog shortly after you'd published Haphazardly, (I still love that story, by the by) and I know you were re-writing it (and I dropped the ball majorly on helping you edit through it), but is that still in the works? I

  4. This was so neat! I agree writers need chocolate.

  5. This was great to read! Also, so much love for Peter Jones!!


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