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Why I’m An Indie

June 22, 2012

"Broken Glass" Blog

Screen Shot of My Writing Web Site “Broken Glass”
I’ve collected rejection slips for my writing for more years than I care to remember…and those rejections were the success stories.

Getting a rejection slip usually meant someone at least read your query, or glanced over your manuscript submission for three minutes (five, if it was a personal response, not a Xerox copy of a standard rejection letter), before they pitched it in the wastebasket.

Most of the time, your inquiries are greeted by a stony silence.

I wrote in my workplace: articles, public relations spiels, generic responses to customer questions (yes, we really made up booklets of standard answers). I produced and edited annual reports for a few very large corporations, wrote and designed support material for marketing events.

I even garnered some nice awards for the work I produced. But it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t always satisfying. I wanted to be an author, not just a writer.

I sold a few stories, here and there, but not enough to make a living. Writing became one of my ‘hobbies’ – sort of like my painting and photography.

So, I thought about writing and I wrote a lot. I never stopped. I counted it as a success when one of my stories or poems made it into print (or these days, online), whether I got paid for it or not. A lot of my friends didn’t even know I tried.

I thought about approaching big publishing houses with my fiction, but most of them won’t talk to you unless you have an agent. Getting a good agent to represent you is another hurdle writers face, and most never accomplish. It’s almost as tough as getting into the publishing house itself.

Then there’s the mind-numbing contracts and paltry pay for your work.

Don’t be fooled by media stories about famous writers like Stephen King or J.K. Rowling. Publishers are notorious for their terrible pay to authors. Quite often it’s only ten percent or less of retail sales, which might not sound bad, until you realize how few books most authors ever sell.

On top of it all, publishers do minimal marketing and leave the vast majority of promotional work to the author … unless you’re already one of those big-name folks, with a big-time following, when they treat you like the moneymaker you already are.

A literary ATM machine.

So, I worked elsewhere and dreamed.

Well, I’ve put in my work time to make a living. I sent my sons to college and have watched them become succesful young men.

I want to work now at something I’ve always enoyed, and I don’t want to sit around more years than I may have left, waiting for those agents and publishers to notice me.

And I certainly don’t want to deal with their poor support, lousy pay and their expectation of my gratitude for talking to me in the first place.

It’s why I love e-Books, and the opportunities selling online with Amazon or Barnes & Noble can provide. Being an indie writer, I can write for my readers … and myself. I’ve already received some fabulous reviews for my books (Reichold Street, Zebulon, and Tinker).

I don’t have to write now to survive (at least not yet), and thanks to the growing power of e-Books I can write the things I want; things readers want, not things publishers think they can sell.

The creative side of my being, ever the dominant side, loves that part of it.

 

First Reviews

May 23, 2012

Reichold Street cover
5-Star Review for “Reichold Street”

It’s always nice to find out someone likes your work.

I have a lot of family and friends who praise the things I do, and my novel “Reichold Street” has been no exception.

Still, there is always something inside you that, no matter how much people who know you say they like it, makes you hope someone you don’t know, someone who may never have heard of you before, will like it, too. A person who doesn’t feel obligated to say nice things.

Little things, like a reader commenting: “Oh, my goodness. This is a good book!”

Or online reviews that say things like: “masterfully written.”

And then there is that outside reviewer, that stranger you hoped for, who writes things like this:

  • “Reichold Street” is an extremely moving coming-of-age account during the turbulent 1960’s
  • This book will appeal to a vast audience
  • You will be moved by Albert’s shady beginnings to find out the real story behind all the madness
  • A great piece of literature…wonderful addition to any library

Then there’s my personal favorite:

  • Ronald L. Herron is a master of the art of character development

If this all sounds like a bit of bragging, you’re probably right. But the press releases don’t go out until next week. Until then, the book is still on sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Perhaps you should head on over and get your copy, before the crowds gather. LOL!

Seriously, it’s a lot of fun but, all things considered, it’s probably a good thing I’m retired and don’t have to worry about my day job. I don’t know how most writers survive.

Find out more about my books on the web site: Broken Glass

Busy Writing

May 4, 2012

   
Cover art for my first two books
© Ronald L. Herron

I know I said I’d be writing more often. A few of you may actually have wondered where I’ve been (can I get a show of hands, please?) Truth is, I’ve been busy writing. Honest.

Just not here.

My themed anthology/novel, Reichold Street,” was published in late March as a Kindle e-Book. My collection of fantasy short stories, Zebulon,” was published two days ago. Both of them are available on Amazon (for the Kindle), or Barnes & Noble (for the Nook). They both also offer a print version.

My third book, a collection of general interest short stories tentatively titled “Tinker,” is in the final draft stages and should also be ready this month.

I’ve totally revamped my writing web site (no, this isn’t it; this is a blog) and you can visit that site, too (I’d appreciate the traffic). It’s called Broken Glass. The title will be self-evident, if you visit. Leave a comment or two, if you visit. I’d like to make sure the section actually works for something besides spam.

If you really get interested, and either don’t have, or don’t want to go to the trouble of creating, a Barnes & Noble or Amazon account, you can buy both of my books in paperback, just by visiting my secure Books by Ronald L. Herron page.

Ain’t technology grand?


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