I've been contacted by a few WinePress authors recently asking if I had any ideas what steps to take to protect our work and keep our books in print.
Honestly, I don't know. I'm just one person, though admittedly a loud one.
I have started a secret group on Facebook where WinePress authors can meet and discuss our next steps.
If you are a fellow author trying to figure out how to deal with this sudden blow, please friend me on FB and I will see that you are added to the group.
Be sure to note that you are a WinePress author when you friend me.
The Bible tells us (Hebrews 12:2) that He is the author and finisher of our faith.
We authors love this.
There isn't much I understand about the creation of a universe, but the creation of a novel I understand.
There are behind the scenes efforts that the author undertakes to give a character depth. It would seem that I, as the writer, call all the shots. This isn't always true.
I certainly have an end in mind, points along the path that my characters must reach, and a story to tell. However, the journey is often full of surprises.
The characters do things I don't expect. They complicate things. They say things they shouldn't, feel things I didn't plan for and sometimes take detours. It's my job to let them get there. To give them room to grow while guiding them back into place.
Sounds like free will, right?
I can relate to God in this. How we stray from His plan and seem to almost entirely change the story, to be led back into place by a gentle heavenly nudge (or sometimes a righteous smack upside the head).
There are things that will happen to us in our journey toward heaven, growing lessons that happen outside of the written book. They are private messages from God. Moments that shape our character and define us.
The world doesn't know everything that happened to make us stronger and they don't need to.
My characters have this private learning time too. I actually write diaries of their private thoughts and prayers. I write about their dreams, their fears. I use this writing as research to build stronger characters.
This is all information the reader won't have, but it makes the characters alive. Hopefully, it's what will give them the power to effect you.
In August I joined ACFW. I was feeling stalled. I needed greater support and resources to help me move forward with my writing.
Last month (December) I finally slowed down enough to explore all of the great resources offered to members. I joined a Novel tracking loop which encourages writers to write more by setting monthly goals and cheering each other on until it's met. Think NaNoWriMo every month.
For December I set the goal of 10,000 words and I met and exceeded the goal with a grand total of 17,359 words.
This month I set my goal at 15,000 words. I'm hoping to still meet my challenge, despite setbacks with the flu.
I have been busy lately working on my newest work in progress, The Lemonade Stand.
I have big plans for this book.
If you read When Chicks Hatch then you know it's not a thick book. I had first time jitters and held back a little. I'm learning.
This second book is fuller and my dialogue is even stronger. I want this to be a book readers can spend some time with so they become even more invested in the characters.
Sometimes I seriously wonder about my sanity when I write. These characters are so alive. They have personalities and ideas and sometimes I think they are driving the story more than I am.
I hope you will get to meet them soon. I'm listening closely to them each day as they twist and turn on the page. They can't wait to meet you.