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May IWSG: Best of times, worst of times.

It's that time of month again! (Okay. I just realized how that sounded. My bad.)

It's time for the Insecure Writers Support Group monthly post.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! This group is all about connecting!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

The awesome co-hosts for the May 4 posting of the IWSG are Kim Elliott, Melissa Maygrove, Chemist Ken, Lee Lowery, and Nancy Gideon!


It's the best of times; it's the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)?

For me, best of times was definitely roughly 2011-2015, before Amazon became a publisher (rather than just a distributor), back when small publishers were still able to operate. My career was on an upward trajectory. Every one of my releases hit the bestseller chart for my genre, without fail. I wasn't making tons of money, but it was more than I'd made working my full-time office job, which was good enough for me. Overall, everything was going my way.

Well, you know what I'm going to say about "worst of times" now, don't you?

The minute Amazon became a publisher and began driving small presses out of business, my entire career took a nose-dive. I wrote about this in depth a few months ago, but the TLDR is that I don't write fast enough to stay visible in Amazon's current algorithms, which favor quantity over quality. (I'm not saying everybody who writes fast also writes poorly, but authors who churn out 12-20 books per year have to be cutting corners somewhere. I think there are very few people who can write that fast and still produce a polished, well-developed story.) I'm now making approximately 1/3 of what I was making in 2015, even though I have twice as many books out now. And if I'm being honest, it can be hard to keep the faith and keep writing. I honestly just keep hoping there'll be another big shake-up in the publishing world that will flip the tables again. Until then...

I don't know. The more I think about it, the less I want to write, and so I do my best every day to NOT think about it.

So now that I've been a total downer...

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Writing Update

I just sent Winter Dreams (the sequel to Winter Oranges) off to an editor, and I'll have cover art later this month. I'm so excited about this book. I almost don't want to wait until November to release it, but I will. It'll be available for preorder by July 1 though, so stay tuned for news on that.

Now, I need to get back to work on Stolen Christmas. If I were smart, I wouldn't have written two Christmas stories in the same year, but hey, the muse leads, and I follow.

After that... I have no idea. Just have to wait and see what happens.

If you missed the newsletter I sent out yesterday, you can find that here.

Have a great week!


OMG, I almost forgot to tell you that, in honor Star Wars Day, Lost Ship of the Tucker Rebellion will be FREE on Amazon through Friday, May 6th. This is a super fun, lighthearted space adventure with just a bit of romance, so get your copy today!