Category Archives: failing

It’s time for a break…

It’s time for a break….

via It’s time for a break….

Yep, major announcement.  :)

A question for authors and readers…

News, sorry its been too long

He’s pretty, isn’t he?

Okay, that wasn’t the question, sorry but feel free to comment.  :)

Here’s the question:

For readers:  What draws you to read a book?  Length?  Cover?  Blurb?  Author name?

For authors:  When you were a debut author, what got readers to your book?

The reason I’m asking these questions is because hardly anyone is reading my debut.  I know, I know, its been out a month and it takes awhile for people to find it.  I’ve already heard these from authors…you need a back list, don’t worry about your debut, concentrate on your next book, promo, promo, promo, did you have a mentor when you wrote the book (no I did not), have you joined a writer’s blog (tried but I’ve been rejected more times than I can count).

That’s all well and good and great advice but consider these facts that I have realized:

1.  No one pays that much attention to me on FB or Twitter, so any and all promo that I have done is ignored.

2.  I have/had ARC copies of my book and no one wanted them.

3.  I realize that my book is only 20 pages, it won’t win the Pulitzer but I’m proud of it.

4.  I know that most reviewers are backed up.  It happens, trust me.

5.  I know that the playing field is crowded out there with books, so I’m not sure how to stand out.

6.  I don’t have a posse.  Maybe I should get one…

You are probably thinking that I have sour grapes and in some respects I do.  It hurts when you do something that most people wouldn’t dream of doing, you are proud of it and it seems that no one cares.  It hurts that I have done everything right so far and nothing.  Nada…zip…crickets chirping.

Well, I know that there are people who have read it and liked it.  In fact I was told that I actually mislead them into thinking it was just hot and spicy and its more than that.  ;)

I have two blog tours that will start next month and I will post every day where I am for that day.  Hopefully, people will find me on the tours and want to read the book.  It’s all I can hope for now.

Have a great weekend y’all.

Another Epic Fail for Harlie (as a writer)

I know I don’t update the blog on a timely basis, okay not at all but I have my reasons.  I’ll try to list them for you so you will understand why this blog is going on hiatus for awhile.

1.  I write, I promise but it seems to me that I can’t even get a a “oh boy, that was pretty good” from anyone.  Not even when I blog.  *sigh*

2.  I will admit somewhat defeat at this point in my aspiring writer career.

3.  I have crit partners and they are great but with my life right now, its hard to post.  *Fail on my part, not their’s*

4.  I’ve been asked for stuff but then I never hear back from them. 

5.  I bought, yes bought a professional critique from a well know agent through the Brenda Novak Auction this year.  Sent it to her and I’ve never heard anything back.  I was supposed to have a week turnaround.  Its been almost 4 weeks now.  And yes, I’ve emailed her again.

6.  I’m getting the sense that God is telling me that I suck at writing and should just review.

7.  I would really like to have just one crit partner or at least someone to guide me but it seems like people either have partners or just want the whole group thing.  I feel as if I need the one on one interaction at this point in my burgeoning career.  *sigh*

8.  I will still write but only for myself right now.  I have a couple of WIP’s that I love and I will finish them but they will probably never see the light of day.

9.  This is not a Debbie Downer post but a reality check for Harlie.  And its a dosey.

10.  Shoot, I can’t even get a “that sux” from anyone either.  *double sigh* 

11.  Enough of the this…at least I know that I can promote other authors and be a virtual assistant.  I’ll take that. 

Oh well…off to figure out what the hell I’m supposed to do now. 



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