Thursday, April 24, 2014

So You Want to Write a Book??!!

Have you thought about writing a book?? This Saturday I'll be speaking at a FREE writers workshop in Scottsdale! Come out and join the fun and learn how you can write a book too!

The Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter is sponsoring the 4th Annual Mystery Writer’s Workshop: “So You Want to Write Crime Fiction.” This event will be held April 26th, 10 am-5 pm, at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, located at 3839 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, Arizona.
When I decided to challenge myself to write a novel, who knew that just four years later I would be announcing myself as a speaker at a Writer's Conference!!
What a difference a decision makes :)
I'm thrilled that I pushed myself through the learning process (which is still ongoing and will continue forever) of how to write a book (my first book, Cat House: Adventures of a Real Estate Madam came out in July, 2013). I read 100 books on how to write a book and I joined various writing groups in order to interact with other would-be and published authors. I forced myself to write late at night and early in the morning, when I would have loved to stay in bed. For me, writing is like exercising. The thought of doing it can be exhausting, but once I begin, it's exhilarating!!
I encourage everyone I meet who says "I've always wanted to write a book," or "I'm writing a book," or "I have a great idea for a book," or "I should write a book," . . . TO JUST DO IT!!
With the help of various on-line publication programs, one no longer has to spend years trying to get a publisher to take notice and agree to publish their story. YOU CAN DO IT ALL YOURSELF!!
You can write, edit, format, publish and sell your books yourself. Times have changed. Self-published authors (or "indie" authors) are not only making money immediately with the sale of their books, they are becoming more accepted by not only the readers, but by other traditionally published authors.

Check out author Hugh Howey, known for his popular series Wool, which he independently published through's Kindle Direct Publishing! His novel, Omnibus ,has been a #1 Bestseller in Science Fiction on Amazon, and was optioned by Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian for a potential feature film!
You may not end up a top selling author. Truth is, most authors never make enough to give up their day jobs, but you can say you are a published author! I considered my book project a success the first time someone I didn't personally know read it and enjoyed it! That's why I'm doing this. I have fun writing stories, and I now know others enjoy reading my stories!
I'm now working on Book #2, Beach House: Continuing Adventures of a Real Estate Madam. I intend to write several more in the Niki Brooks series. I also intend to continue reading books on how to write books and I will remain involved in my writing groups to continue learning from other authors. I also intend to continue encouraging others to write their stories!

Whatever your motivation and whatever your measure of success might be, I encourage you to just do it!!