A Woman’s Write
I am self publishing so I learned a lot as I worked to get my book published. I went through Createspace for the paperback. I had them design the cover as well as the inside, knowing that what the book looks like matters tremendously when it comes to attracting customers. While they were doing that, I had several people read the manuscript and give feedback. I have to say, the last couple weeks before the final manuscript hit the presses were hectic in making changes and revisions. After that, Createspace coordinated with Amazon and uploaded the manuscript to create the eBook version. They then got both the paperback and eBook pages up on Amazon, and here we are.
I founded and grew a business for 12 years beginning in 2000 and successfully sold it in January 2012. In 2005, I chose to bring on a partner/mentor to continue to grow it. He taught me not only business narratives, but also shared his personal philosophies. He is Korean and therefore has many philosophies that you might call Eastern-based that are refreshingly different from Western-based philosophies I was raised with. Many of these, including overcoming frustration, impatience and fear among others, significantly changed how I think and act and improved my ability to enjoy life. It is these life principles that I seek to share through my books. I hope to help others better enjoy their journey through life.
I usually start with an hour of exercise. This gets my creative juices flowing because I think about what I plan to write about that day, organizing my thoughts. After that, I get a cup of decaf coffee (creates a good mood for me) and I sit down at my computer and begin committing to structured sentences what I have thought through.
I struggled with what to title the book as well as boil down the novel into a one paragraph description for the back cover. It’s just not an easy task choosing what main theme will best represent your work in a way that will draw readers to buy it.
It hasn’t, at least not with my family! I still do the grocery shopping, run errands for the household and more. But seriously, when I tell people I’ve published a book, most times I get a response that speaks respect for someone who has the tenacity to not just have an idea, and not just start writing, but has the focus and diligence to see her idea through to completion in a form that others can enjoy.
I’m currently writing the second book in the series, Venom of the Serpent’s Cunning. This book picks up after Andy has been back home for 10 months. It’s situated in the Sea of Mystery on Sometimes Island. The danger and peril quotient increase as Andy seeks another clue to break the curse. Relationships also deepen.
Be passionate about the message you want to communicate. Without passion, the hard times will snuff your creativity and cause self doubts.
- You can find me at my website at www.lrwlee.com
- Both the eBook as well as the paperback are available at Amazon.com or you can get the paperback and other gear, like T-shirts, at my website at www.lrwlee.com. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Read, Review, Refer reward program where you can get a free copy of the next book.