Time for a Change 

   My writing career wasn’t going well. I was doing a lot of work and spending a lot of money with little to no return. It was clear that I had to do something different. The problem was that I had no idea where or how to start.

   My husband had been encouraging me for some time to try to find another publisher. I had my doubts about another publisher being interested in the third book of a series. I could write a stand alone novel but that would have to wait until I finished the current book.

   I recalled that my coworker Mark D. Williams was acquainted with author Reavis Wortham. Mark said that he had mentioned me to Mr. Wortham and had sent him one of my books. It was then that I did something completely out of my comfort zone. I sent an email to a total stranger to ask for advice.

   Mr. Wortham was kind enough to give me his phone number and suggested that I call at a particular time.  During that conversation he advised me to join the Writer’s League of Texas and attend their annual conference. He told me there were always agents there looking for new authors. He also suggested that I have an “elevator pitch” ready. An elevator pitch is a brief summary of a book that is no longer than a short elevator ride of twenty to thirty seconds designed to pique someone’s interest. 

   I joined the Writer’s League of Texas and signed up to attend the conference. I signed up early enough that I had the opportunity to meet one on one with an agent. I also had the opportunity to take some helpful online courses.

   In the meantime, my husband and I took a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. We decided to stop by the Vegas Valley Book Festival believing it might be a good opportunity to network with other authors. It was there that I met author Jodi Thomas. We both live in Amarillo but our paths had never crossed.

   Ms. Thomas was a featured speaker for the book festival. I attended her session and struck up a conversation with her afterward. She gave me her phone number and suggested that I call her when we were both back in Amarillo.

   Ms. Thomas gave me some excellent advice during our meeting. She told me that I should start thinking of my writing as a business instead of a hobby. She also suggested that I attend the West Texas Writers’ Academy at WTAMU and which class I should attend.

   Needless to say, I signed up for the next West Texas Writers’ Academy.

   

See the April 2019 post for the next chapter of

My Indie Author Journey

   

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