Hello everyone!! Hope you are all having a fabulous week. Today I have my tour stop for The Violet Fox. I have a great guest post from Clare Marshall plus a tour giveaway. I will give you the book info first though.
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- Publisher: Faery Ink Press
- Publish Date: October 13, 2012
That’s what instinct told me.
But in order to save the secrets of my people
and to protect my brother
I have to become the enemy.
PUBLISHING YOUR MOST PRECIOUS STORIES
Like many writers, I have folders filled with story ideas. Some of these stories are developed with outlines, while others are one sentence long in a randomly named Notepad document.
Not all of these stories are created equal, however.
I have divided my story ideas into various circles. There are inner circle stories, 2nd degree circle stories, third degree circle stories and other random stories that orbit around these circles like asteroids. The closer to the inner circle these stories live, the more they are near and dear to my heart. All of my stories in my inner circle were created when I was young. So young that I don’t remember their inception, I just remember them being inside of me. The Violet Fox story is one of these near-and-dear creations. If I had to rank all of my story ideas and creations, I would say it’s my second favourite.
We all have inner circles, I think. You probably don’t call them that, but I know every writer has at least one book or story that they’ve created that is so close to their heart that they feel it living inside them. It itches to get out, to be heard, to be expressed in the physical world. The Violet Fox was one of these stories for me. I put it off for a long time, but when I finally decided to write and develop it, it poured out of me like the Niagara Falls. I am more emotionally attached to it than a lot of my other story ideas, because it’s been with me for so long.
That’s why, when it came to publishing it, it was hard to let go.
It was a struggle to decide whether to publish The Violet Fox myself, under my Faery Ink Press imprint. I was afraid that if I published it myself, that would be it. Done. Meaning, I’d never have a shot at publishing it traditionally. If it failed immediately, it would fail forever. I would have wasted one of my precious stories only because I wanted out in the world, right now.
This is a mindset we have to fight.
If you’re considering publishing stories near and dear to you, don’t be afraid of failing. You only fail once you stop marketing and promoting and loving your book.
The Violet Fox probably would’ve done well as a traditionally published book, once it found the right publisher. But you know what? I’m not concerned about that anymore. If it does well as an indie book, and a publisher approaches me and wants to either distribute it or re-publish it, that’s fine. It would reach a wider audience. If no one makes any offers, that’s fine too. Great, even! I’ve learned not to be concerned about the book’s “virginity” (so to speak) in the marketplace because it seems commonplace now for a publisher to pick up an indie book if it does well. Book rights are bought and sold all the time. I figure, I might as well put myself out there and see what happens. I’m not one to wait for people to hand me opportunities. I like creating my own. Plus, I know that I will continue to write and publish books, and as long as I keep doing this, I will continue to learn, and my audience will grow.
As far as we know, we only live once. And even if we do have multiple lives, we only live this life once. So don’t hide away those precious inner-circle stories. Write them. Let them be heard. Publish them if that’s a path that makes sense to you. There are billions of people in this world---if you love your book, there’s bound to be some people who will love it too.
Thanks for the great guest post Clare!!
About the author
Clare Marshall grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial up internet, and yet, she turned out okay. She has a combined honours degree in journalism and psychology from the University of King’s College, and is a graduate from Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing Program. She founded Woulds & Shoulds Editing and Design in 2010 for self-published authors and businesses looking for quality editing and design services. She enjoys publishing books through her publishing imprint, Faery Ink Press, and released her first novella, Within in 2011. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing the fiddle and making silly noises at cats.
Now onto the giveaway. This is the same rafflecopter form found on all the tour stops.