Judith is the author of The Sacred Women’s Circle series, romantic fiction that honors spiritual practices that nourish the soul and celebrates the journey from relationship to romance.
It takes a village and then some to do what?
In my case write novels. Perhaps not the actual writing. Now that I know my writing process, I can get that first draft written in about 6 weeks. But that is only the beginning of the writing and publishing process.
But my title here is “It Takes a Village and Then Some” not “My Writing Process.”
My Village consists of Rose City Romance Writers (RCRW) my local Romance Writers of America chapter as well as two others where I’ve maintained a long distance membership. In the past I served on the RCRW Board as PRO Liaison and in that position started the #ftb forum.
Since its inception in August several years ago, encouraging, inspiring messages and our goals for the day are posted. We’ve a group of regulars along with some lurkers. Most days Barbara Robinson, Delsora Lowe, Sue Ward Drake and Diana McCollum share their ideas, goals and energy as do I.
But back to creating my village. An integral person in my village is Sarah Raplee. Sarah and I founded Romancing The Genres and she has been a source of information, support and inspiration from the beginning when we met up at Borders in Beaverton in the winter of 2013 and hatched up the idea of RTG.
To move forward, I knew I had to grow my village to the size of a town or more likely a city!
November 2013 I purchased Maggie Lynch’s DIY Publishing during an event at Jan’s Paperbacks, Aloha, OR with Kobo’s Writing Life. It was my publishing bible as I worked my way through to the finale.
In 2014 as I was preparing to publish the first three books in TheSacred Women’s Circle series Maggie Lynch became my hero or shero or maybe just my heroine? She came to my house to coach me through the process of uploading my manuscript to a software program (Jutoh). It was winter. The snow began falling but Maggie remained until I’d made a good start and gained some confidence to carry on before heading home across town. Normally a 30 – 40 minute drive, if my memory serves, it was several hours!
Maggie also invited to join Windtree Press an author cooperative around the same time and I had the support of other WP authors, especially Paty Jager who talked me through a time so fraught with frustration I was ready to give up and never publish anything.
As a Windtree Press author, I can ask questions on any aspect of indie publishing on the Windtree Press closed FB page and get answers. The other supportive group (also started by Maggie) is Goal Reporters. We set our annual word count/books published goals and report our progress. We cheer each other on and share tips as we craft new stories, publish new books and set new goals.
DIY Publishing is still next to my computer and I’ve never published a book without referencing it at some point. However, the publishing industry changes rapidly. And Maggie has adapted to those changes.
Maggie’s Career Author Secrets series has replaced DIY Publishing so she is able to keep sharing her prodigious knowledge base with indie authors. Each book tackles an aspect of the publishing process.
And, last but not least, for the past several years Maggie has been a guest at Romancing The Genres during December when we celebrate “What’s New In Publishing”. When I invited her this year I asked her to consider writing about why she write author guides.
She took my suggestion and wrote “Why Write Author Guides” an informative and inspirational blog post. I encourage you to read it.
For the latest in"What's New In Publishing" Maggie's 2018 predictions will be posted right here tomorrow.
Check out Maggie's website, sign up for her blog so you get the latest news about Career Author Secrets. You can purchase the Secrets books through her website and at all major on-line retailers.
The first two Mondays in December I’ll be posting excerpts from Lily and Elizabeth on my Judith Ashley blog.
12/04: One of my favorite scenes from Lily.
12/11: Another favorite scene but this one from Elizabeth.
12/18: The Turn of The Wheel a blog post celebrating Winter Solstice
12/25: Check in to see what I come up with!!!
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