The Coffee Stained Manuscript follows Marissa de Luna through her writing highs and lows as well as exploring writing tips, getting published and marketing.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world...
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. ~Richard Bach
I have not written on this blog for quite a while I have been consumed with other things- namely a wedding and honeymoon- I have been in a bubble and it has been perfect - going back to work has somewhat burst my little cocoon. The butterfly quote is for weddings sake. My theme was butterflies and each table name had a butterfly quote- associated with love - yada, yada. Anyway this is not a wedding blog and I wont bore you to tears with details of an event you have no interest in.
I wrote on this blog so long ago I cant remember what I said, but things have progressed. Just a couple of weeks before the big day- it arrived- my book! my novel, my first piece of work... in print for everyone to buy. It looked good, I was happy with the larger size. I was slightly dissapointed by the paper- it is like normal paper- not novel paper - I don't know what thats called- so its a bit thinner but I suppose that is what you get with print on demand. I instantaneously googled it- How vain! I know but I couldn't help it- and I googled the ISBN number as well - just to see where it was available (the publishing house didn't really provide a list of where it was available)
I was pretty impressed, Amazon, Waterstones, WH smith, Barnes and Noble- It is available on-line for a mere £10.99 or £7.99 on authorhouse.
But with the wedding approaching I sat on it- thinking I will put my energies into promoting it once the honeymoon is out of the way. That time I suppose is now and yet those pesky doubts creep in again... My writing has changed since joining the writing group- it has definitely improved - My first book now seems like just a rehearsal-I have started the second but it has thought me more than I can ever imagine and I keep telling myself that if I hadn't published it, it would be just another manuscript sitting at the bottom of my wardrobe gathering dust.
I have no doubt some people will read it and think I have no talent at all - but If one person reads it and likes it then maybe it was worth it - after all as I keep saying - it is all so subjective!!! and after all it has been done- so next time readers you will know the title and the author and maybe, maybe you may just buy a copy!!!