There’s a lot of change in the publishing world right now, which in many ways is very cool. But there also seems to be a flood of negativity that comes along with it:
When I decided to actually share my writing (beyond haiku emails to friends and sharing weird dreams in occasional blog posts), this was the world I wanted to avoid.
The one that makes you think you’re doing everything wrong. The one that makes you hate every word you write. The one that tries to tell you you’re a failure before you even try.
I love writing. I do it because I enjoy it. But some days it’s hard to just enjoy it when everyone is yelling at each other around you.
And those are the days when it’s nice to get a new review. (I think we’ll throw a party when I hit 100.)
Or a fan on Twitter telling you they couldn’t put your book down and can’t wait for the next one.
Or in this case, news that your book is up for an award.
The Ruth Valley Missing is up for a RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) award in the Mystery category!
(…and there was great rejoicing…)
It was entirely unexpected. As a matter of fact, I only found out about it thanks to a Google alert. (Oh, Google, I adore you.)
I’ve been vocal on this blog about doing what’s right for you in the creative process. About not giving too much weight to every “experts” opinion.
I am not a NYTBSA*, but I made something. And it was fun making it. And people enjoyed it. And continue to enjoy it. I didn’t blog the way I was told, I didn’t approach Twitter with a “strategy”. So, while the chances of me coming home with this award are slim, the fact that my little debut novel is even up for the award is pretty thrilling.
And I hope this encourages all of you who are working to create something to spend less time listening to the noise. Instead, spend that time supporting each other and enjoying what you love.**
For those of you interested in how you can help in the awards’ process –
Finalists will be selected by readers – so if you are a fan, get your votes in anytime starting 5/24 through 6/1.
From the InD’Tale site:
If you are not already a subscriber to InD’Tale magazine, you may register on our homepage. This is very easy to do and will immediately allow you all access to our website as well as InD’Tale magazine itself (NO spam will EVER be sent!) Then, all you need do is click on your favorites to vote! PLEASE NOTE: If you are registering, the process is not completed until you click the verification email that will be sent to your inbox! If you do not see it, please check your spam folder. All it takes is a click but it is an important click!
If you enjoyed The Ruth Valley Missing, head over and give it a vote!***
I was honestly super surprised to find my book on the list, so no matter what the outcome, I’m already really beyond pleased. A big thank you to everyone who has supported my novel. It’s had more success than I ever hoped!
*No, really. I have zero desire to be a New York Times Bestselling Author. However, if Colbert wanted to have me on his show, that I wouldn’t say no to. COLBERT BUMP!
**I love the sentiment of this webcomic about creating. If you’re feeling a bit down about your work, check it out.
***Juice boxes for everyone!