OK – 55 year old fledgling author is getting ready to try to self-publish her first novel in the e-reader environment and as part of that endeavour she’s going to go way out on a limb to write a blog that shares her highs and lows as a new author reflecting on the writing experience and her tentative steps into the self-publishing world. Is there anyone out there who wants to read this? I guess we’ll see.
My novel’s title is “Disappearing in Plain Sight” and it’s basically a love story – hopefully a step up from the Harlequin Romance genre but I’m way too subjective about my own work to be much more than hopeful on that score. The setting is a semi-isolated Lake on Northern Vancouver Island where a small group of people begin to come out of mourning the loss of someone who had been instrumental in all their lives. Two characters that come suddenly on the scene act as catalysts for a movement back into the main stream of life for everyone. I try to demonstrate the complex nature of human emotions such as grief, guilt, and desire – nothing is black and white – only shades of grey. Trying to distill four hundred plus pages into a couple of lines is quite the challenge.
I’m currently editing the 9th draft for various punctuation glitches. I’ve had six close friends or relatives read various drafts so far and the 8th draft is out there with three new readers. If I ever get through the 9th draft edits, I’ll print yet another hardcopy for a couple of additional readers, then hopefully, final revisions. I’m seriously considering using an e-book design shop to do the actual work of formatting the finished work to the e-reader world. I’m starting to think about cover art – maybe a photo of the Lake looking down to mountains sheathed in clouds with an image of a certain statue – one mentioned in the novel – faded out and superimposed in the sky. We’ll see. I’ve also got to deal with how to cite and acknowledge various quotes and music lyrics I used within the body of the novel.
Before I finish this first blog entry I want to share an experience I had the other day. I have had two opportunities lately to announce to the world that I am a writer. I can only describe this as a terrifying exhilarating experience. I was in the doctor’s office the other day and ran into an old friend I hadn’t seen forever. Naturally she asked me what I’m doing now and I replied, “I’m writing a novel – well I’ve written a novel!” What a rush. After we had chatted for a bit I went to sit down in the waiting area and a woman appeared out of a nearby office and came right over to introduce herself and say, “I heard you say you’re a writer. I write screenplays and really want to transfer one of them to a novel format.” We began to talk with great animation and excitement, as if we had known each other forever. Moral of the story and of my entry into the blog world – get out there and own what you’re doing.