|Posted by Laura Crean on November 22, 2011 at 4:45 AM|
I recieved my first ever cheque from Lulu Press yesterday which was so exciting. I know it was only for a few pounds, but just the thought that people have been on to the site and bought my poetry book gives me an amazing feeling of pride and satisfaction in the whole process. I can't wait to publish The Realm of the Purple Dragon my first children's novel and Oggy and the Snot Monster my first attempt at an Infant level children's book.
I want to encourage any writers who are reading this to really push for your dream of becoming published and if the traditional path of publishing (which is incredibly hard, may I say almost impossible to break in to) doesn't reap any rewards, then self-publishing will certainly give you a buzz and a boost to a struggling writer's self-esteem. I know how it feels to be writing (and loving it) but not getting any recognition for your work. At the very least having your own books on your own bookshelf can give you a warm fuzzy feeling that just can't be replicated in any other way and at least your family and friends can enjoy the fruits of your labour too LOL.
I know I am the typical expression of the struggling author and while I continue to fill in application forms for (real jobs) with no success I can at least glow inside that my present hobby but ultimate dream of being a fully recognised, properly published author is tantilizingly close, so close I can almost grab it and give it a big welcoming hug.
Love and warm glowing fuzzy light to you all
Xx Laura xX