Good afternoon everyone!,
Well, today is pub day again. This time I self published a children's story called BIG BROTHER, LITTLE SISTER on Smashwords. What is the story behind the story?
Eight years ago, I took a correspondence writing course from the Institute of Children's Literature. My first assignment was to write a story based on a picture. There was a picture of some bears, a plant about to fall over, and a tub with a rubber ducky. Not making sense? I understand.
I was still unsure what to write about. One day, I was at my grandmother's house and I was flipping through the channels when I came across an episode of Reading Rainbow. A little boy was upset because his baby sister was getting all of the attention. From that moment on, I knew what to write about.
A year later, I thought my story was good enough to publish. So I sent it to several magazines and unfortunately it was turned down. After several of rejection letters and slips, I became discouraged and stopped sending my work to publishers and writing. The year before I was scammed by Poetry.com. I was in school at the time, my time was consumed by writing papers and studying for tests.
Now eight years later, I am finally able to finish it on my own. Self publishing has been an interesting journey. My first ebook, THE STORIES WE TELL WHEN DRINKING COFFEE hasn't done so well. I have been watching its progress online and only 15 people downloaded a copy. After looking at the charts closely I realized that those 15 downloads were samples, not the entire book. I decided to offer the book for free for a limited time until October 1,2013. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, you can do so here. I hope BIG BROTHER, LITTLE SISTER does better since it is a stand alone. This set back won't stop me this time, I am determined to write better stories. I am sure other authors have had their ups and downs.
Have a great weekend everyone.