I bartend events on occasion and I get asked, ‘What do you do when you’re not doing this?”
“I write.” Is always my reply, then I wait for those words to compute, sometimes I get a follow-up like this, ‘Like freelance or books?’
‘I write novels and short stories.’
‘Do you have anything published?’
‘Not right now, but I’m trying to get a book published soon.’
‘Oh…” they reply and that’s the end of the conversation.
Here’s the truth. I have written four books, I’m working on number five right now and the reason I haven’t published is I guess I just haven’t.
That’s the truth. With the first two books, I got scared of publishing because they weren’t very good, first novels rarely are. With the last two, I want to get one of them published, but I’ll probably be doing Indie or self-publishing them.
Having written nearly five books, I’ve learned a lot about what works and doesn’t in the story, having never published I don’t bring in any income aside from the bartending gig.
My goal for this year is to publish two books, it doesn’t matter how, just that they’re out there for readers.
My daily routine consists of writing in the morning after dropping off my kids, working out after writing, reading in the afternoon, picking up the kids, eating and spending time with my family then editing whichever book is on the editing table at that time.
I would love to get published so I can say to these people who attend these events I bartend, “yes, I do. I have books on Amazon, iBooks, and a few others.”
I love writing more than anything else. I enjoy creating stories more than anything else and I want to share those stories, but honestly, I just haven’t gotten around to getting them published because I hadn’t found a system that works for me until recently.
Now that I have that system, I’ll be publishing in one form or another.
I write short stories and have submitted numerous stories this year to various magazines, but haven’t had a nibble, yet. I’m hoping to get one soon so I can contribute more to my family’s finances, because working one or two days a week bartending, doesn’t cut it.