Anyway, during my year-long journey over the chaotic landscape that is publishing, I ferreted out a few little secrets that I thought I'd share. New authors, you heard it here first...
1. Your family will not read your books. Oh, sure, they'll buy them because they love you and want to support you, but they will not read them. It took me a very long time to get over this fact.
3. A somewhat painful secret—writing takes a tremendous toll on the human body. Tendonitis, carpal tunnel, blurred vision, a widening of the posterior, elevated liver enzymes. Wait, that last one probably has more to do with the wine, but I have to drink something after the coffee, don’t I? Of course, regular readers will know I’m just kidding here. I mean, jeez, I don’t even drink coffee.
5. I guess the most surprising secret is that the passion for writing does not fade after the first year. If anything, it grows hotter. The challenge intensifies. For me, the start of each new book is like working a jigsaw puzzle, trying to fit together all of these little bits and pieces. Sometimes you try with all your might to cram one of them in, but when it doesn't line up just right, you have to abandon it and find another piece. When finished, a work of art is unveiled. Sure, it has divots and cracks and twists and turns, but underneath it all is a colorful, spectacular story.
Thanks for reading.