Five Years ago I was feeling a bit lost in this big bad cyber world of publishing. I was a National Bestselling author of erotic fiction, multi-published with an agent, three big New York Publishers as well as a great ePublisher, yet I still felt … unanchored. After thinking on it for a while I figured out that I felt that way because despite my accomplishments, I was still basically a newbie to this world.
I’d only been writing for 6 years, and was woefully under-educated about the business. I’d simply set out to write, and it happened. I was one of those writers who thought, “Hey, I’ve got multiple contracts, and am on my way!” I soon realized there was so much more to this than writing a good story…at least if I wanted to build a lasting career. I wanted to learn what the Big Name authors did to make things work, and because there is always more than one way to do things I figured it didn’t matter what genre they wrote in. So it was with a somewhat selfish intent that I set out to build a group blog of successful, multi-published authors, all of them best-sellers in their own genre.
In January 2009, Genreality was born. For the past four years it’s been a large part of my life. I’ve learned from some of the best authors out there, and surprisingly, some people have even learned from me.
It’s going to feel funny to not be here every week, (even though I will be blogging on my own site )but I’ve no doubt I’ll be back here often, searching through the posts/archives for inspiration, tips and advice, and the occasional kick-in-the-pants reality check about the business. I really hope that many of you will also do the same.
Thank you to all the authors who’ve been part of this group over the years. Alison Kent, Lynn Viehl, Joe Nassise, Jason Pinter, Bob Mayer, Rosemary Clement Moore, Candace Havens, Ken Scholes, HelenKay Dimon, J.A. Pitts, Diana Peterfruend and Charlene Teglia.
Ms. Carrie Vaughn, you and I are the last original members standing. I cannot express how thankful I am to you for being part of this blog. Without your enthusiam and encouragement, right from the get-go, we might never have gottenoff the ground. You’ve been here from the first day, and I’m so glad you stuck with it, and are here at the end. You are not only a talented woman, but a generous one. You’ve always been one of my favorite authors, over the past several years you’ve become an inspiration, and I’m honored to call you a friend.
Now…Carrie left you all some wonderful short bits of advice yesterday, and for my last bit of advice I’m going to leave you with a movie trailer. Me, I find inspiration in many places, and movies are a big well to draw from. It’s not really story ideas I get from them, but the inspiration to keep going after what I want, and to keep dreaming. This clip is from the movie Take The Lead with Antonio Banderas. The tagline for the movie is Every dream begins by taking One Step.
The stories inspired by the life of Dance instructor Piere DuLaine, and it’s about him, and the way he believed in the talent of a group of problem kids. Check it out….
“You can get whatever you want,” DuLaine says.
Rock shakes his head and replies. “Nah, only some people get the shit they want.”
“That’s true,” Dulaine says as he looks Rock in the eyes. “And those are the people who show up to get it.”
You can get whatever you want, if you show up to get it. Show up, put the work in, don’t give up, and you will find success at whatever you chose to do…even writing.
Thanks to all of you for helping to make Genreality a success.