Entering the Vortex

And by that I mean publishing. Don’t tell me you didn’t see that coming.

It is high time I got the 20-year old novel out of the cozy bed of oblivion and set it off on the road to success. It’s comfortable and quite content, sitting on the bookshelf where I hand-bound it in cardboard and linen, endpapers trimmed neatly from a pack of old giftwrap, but the times call for brave measures. I’m actually most interested in publishing my second book, but the first one really needs to get out there first and pave the way.

Why? It’s finished. The second one is not. And it’s said that in order to publish through just about any legitimate publishing company, one needs to show that one has name recognition and an established identity (which I had once, but time has passed, and it’s unlikely anyone remembers). One way to establish a platform is through self-publishing, and with all the free or nearly-free ways to do that that include getting your writing into major channels quickly, the finished Work ought to be doing something other than taking up space. It’s really that simple.

I can offer this novel as a low-cost eBook in order to further establish that vital “Author Platform” everyone’s talking about. Even though I’ve had a blog since 2005, and an author website for almost as long, in addition to the occasional published piece, I haven’t really established what you’d call presence. I rather relish anonymity, it’s safe and harmless and a bit backward, and speaks to my Luddite tendencies. I like it here under my rock. To be honest, I don’t like trying to say something when I haven’t anything to contribute to all the hasty dialogue already flooding the interwebs.

But it seems I do need to start somewhere, making some sort of substantial impact. I know the Novel will do that; people have been poking me for years to get it out there (and you all know who you are). So – here goes. Stay tuned for further developments to be announced in the next few days, and I hope you like it.

Coming soon…

Lucky Southern Women, a novel by Susannah Eanes
image by Steve Driskell

So I’m Studying to be a Writer

Actually, I’ve been writing for–well, let’s just say a long time now. And I’ve written several novels, articles, poems… this is not the problem.

My creativity level is up on the roof, ideas are like leaves on a tree, energy is pretty much all over the galaxy. I write a lot, every single day. I read, too; subscribe to lots of blogs & feeds about writing and being creative. I have a Twitter, Facebook author page, I know HTML and until recently had a very boring – if pretty – website that wasn’t updated very often. Now that URL leads to one of my blogs – the one that’s most in flux lately. Don’t worry, I’ll figure it out.

But I have no idea where to start the whole process of getting published. That’s what comes next, right? Also, what about the whole online presence thing? This seems like a full-time job in and of itself. But it seems I have to do this, in order to be taken seriously.

So I’m studying, as I said up at the top there. Here are a few links, mostly at Michael Hyatt:

Seven Ways to Build Your Author Brand Online

Advice to First-time Authors

The Fastest Way to Winning a Book Contract – Guaranteed

Why Every Author Needs a Powerful Online Presence

Four Surprising Conclusions About Author Websites

Agent Queries: Small Presses

I’ll come back & share my progress, hopefully sooner than later.