A few days ago, WordPress sent me a reminder that I’d just published my 100th post – and I was taken aback.
I suddenly realised that it has been almost exactly one year since I first created my first ever post; The best rejection letter ever?
And what a lot has happened in those twelve months – just look at the stats;
Last July This July
1 post 100+ posts
2 WP followers 235+ WP followers (update?)
20 Facebook followers 900+ Facebook followers
no Twitter account 475+ Twitter followers
No eBook published eBook self-published
No paperback Paperback very close to completion
This is all part of spreading the word, of building an author platform – and it’s looking quite good, IMHO.
Along the way, I have met some very talented people. Some of them are constantly beating a path for the rest of us to follow, whilst others are still following their aspirations to publish. Many are very, very close to that first eBook or printed book.
Then there are the non-writer bloggers who post recipes, amazing photographs or offer philosophical insights that leave me thinking ‘wow…’
I have learned a great deal since last July. Back then I had just exhausted my 102-strong list of UK-based Literary Agencies and whilst I’d received some encouragement along the way (notably The best rejection letter ever?), I was no closer to being published.
At that time I was on a knife-edge, wondering if I ought to begin querying US-based agencies – but electronically. I could never have afforded the postage costs. I was already several hundreds of pounds down (I still am) and further investment would have crippled me financially.
And then I began hearing, via Facebook and WordPress, about self-publishing. I was (at first) curious – and then intrigued. I wanted to know more.
The seed was sown. As the rejection letters continued to trickle in, I decided to learn all I could about creating and publishing an eBook, just in case none of the agencies picked up my book. They didn’t – so I launched myself into the world of ePublishing. The rest, as they say, is history. Very recent history – and something I could not have done without help from fellow bloggers.
Sharing – it’s the best part of blogging! It makes the lonely business of writing feel a lot less…well, lonely. We all get to read about other people’s experiences on a daily basis, both the good and the bad. Most notable is Ryan Casey’s runaway success with his short stories and novels and Michelle Proulx’s difficult journey with the publisher iUniverse. Both authors have flourished, but their experiences contrast greatly. But even bad experiences can teach us all something. Thanks for sharing, Michelle!
What’s most encouraging is the great feedback that I’ve received. Every comment makes me want to post again…and again. I love seeing that little orange star at the top of my dashboard. It’s encouraging to know that someone had read and ‘liked’ my words. But even more heart-warming is that little orange speech bubble. Whatever I was about to do, whatever words I had in mind…they get sidelined as I click on the bubble to see the message that has been left.
A blogger once remarked that comments are addictive. They were right. I love them! They have delivered support and encouragement in so many different ways. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to leave me feedback.
I wonder if my second year of blogging will be as fascinating and thrilling a ride as the first?
See you all in July 2014!
Keep blogging (especially Shay Starcaller)!
What I hadn’t expected – and this came right out of the blue as I was preparing to post, was this;
I really had NO IDEA that I’d been with WordPress for so long. It’s true that I’ve chronicled my writing endeavours as far back as 1999 (see The Homeworld Saga), but that was all retro-written just to document where my modern writing began to coalesce properly.
But four years?
Time does fly when you’re
having fun doing what you love the most!