Deadly Ever After

The Writing Adventures of The Undead Duo–Julie Hutchings and Kristen Strassel

Books Are Love, Yo.

Today’s Brew:  Resisting the urge for more coffee until Julie and Sara arrive for writing shenanigans.

by Kristen

First, the good NEWS!!  The Night Songs Trilogy will be available on Audible!  Jessica Almasy, who has narrated several of Gena Showalter’s books, will be reading BECAUSE THE NIGHT, NIGHT MOVES, and WE OWN THE NIGHT. I can’t wait to hear my stories come to life!  Aaaah! Just writing that made it a little more real.

This was pretty happening, too:

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I never thought my self-published books would make it into Publishers Marketplace, but someone left the door unlocked. 🙂

NIGHT MOVES COVER

A week ago today, NIGHT MOVES made it’s debut in the world. As I mentioned in my pre-release day jitters post, sometimes I feel like I want to duck for cover after I make these things available. Once it’s out, it’s OUT. And that’s the scary part. I want people to read it, so that’s the first battle. Will they? And then once they do, what will they think? So far, the reviews on the book have been overwhelmingly positive. Overwhelmingly might be an understatement. More like I can’t believe how much people are enjoying it. I’m so humbled by the response and the reactions to the book. If you love it, I love you. It’s pretty simple. Thank you for reading, loving, and sharing. Consider this a big virtual bear hug that lasts just a hair too long and borders on awkward.

And that leads me to my thought for the day. If you’re a published author, why did you make the decision to put your books out in the world? What made you go from a hobby to a job, or even a career? Once you ask for money in return, you’re an author and it’s a job.

I like to dream big. Who doesn’t dream of waking up on release day to confetti cannons of fanfare and best seller lists?  I’m going extreme with my example, but come on, you’d love it and so wouldn’t I. If you say otherwise, I don’t believe you.

I’m a new, independent author. As Julie likes to put it, I have a cult following. There’s a small group of people right now who are in the know. So am I going to knock JR Ward off the top of the vampire heap? Highly unlikely. But she was new once, too.

But I want people to read my books.

I talked to another author yesterday who said she’s just thrilled any time anyone buys her book, that she didn’t expect to have one sale.  Some authors aren’t comfortable with promotion. And I totally understand why. Promotion can be like going into the locker room of a high school gym naked. People are looking. Some people aren’t going to say nice things. A lot of people are going to say no.

But I want people to read my books, so I put myself out there. Sometimes, I don’t get my desired results. Sometimes, putting myself out there makes me cry a lot and drink even more.

I like to make stuff: word babies, pretty pretty princesses and princes (I do tons of makeup for men), food, and stuff for the house. And some of the joy in it for me is sharing my creations with other people. Julie often gets dragged around my apartment so she can see the latest improvements, even if I’ve just hung a new frame or rearranged the pillows. I love seeing people’s faces light up when they see what I’ve done to their makeup, that they didn’t know they could look so good. Seeing them happy makes me happy.  I love cooking for other people. Food is love, yo.

“Food is love” lead me to my answer. I enjoy my house (as long as I’m in it…what’s up Whiskey Tango Boulevard), I enjoy my day job, I enjoy cooking. I want to share what makes me happy. My books make me happy, and I assume what makes me happy will make other people happy, too. Books are love, yo. You heard it here first. So it’s a natural next step for me to want to share them with the world.

And that’s why I do it.

 

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