The opposite is true. I’ve recognized:
- Writing these stories is a calling.
- The stories are building an audience.
- I have made friends locally and throughout the Internet with people who like my books.
- I don’t want to disappoint them.
Besides, although it’s hard work that involves sitting alone in rooms for hours on end, year after year, I love it.
I’m at the tipping point, though.
For two or three years I’ve been teaching self-publishing at our local community college and simultaneously writing a self-publishing newsletter and a blog for Montana Business (mtbusiness.com) called the Entrepreneurial Author. Though I’ll continue teaching, I shall no longer write either the newsletter nor the Entrepreneurial Author blog. I have to write more stories of Alder Gulch and the Vigilantes — and eventually other stories of Montana that I heard from my parents. I’m on a mission to make sure my ancestors’ pioneering hardships, courage, and perseverance are not forgotten.
When I made this decision, I sent Jeff Mangan, the wonderful webmaster of mtbusiness.com, three blog posts. Jeff says he has them in the queue. If you want to read past posts, enter my name in the search box at the top right of the home page.
I’ve enjoyed giving back to the writing community by sharing my experiences in self-publishing. But I just can’t do everything.
Stay tuned to this blog for more announcements as new stories and — yes — the fourth novel in the Vigilante series are published!