by Carol Burnside
It started with a dream.
It’s no secret here or on my personal blog that I’m a fan of talent reality shows like American Idol and The Voice. They’re on auto-record at my house and I follow my favorites, cheering and weeping along with them on their journey. Those shows capture my attention because the individuals have a dream, a BIG dream. But it’s not enough to dream. So they hone skills and push themselves and work long hours, determined to reach their ultimate goal, trying their best to make their dreams a reality.
It occured to me that I’m not enough like them. I am a published author, but I want to make a respectable amount of money as an author. I want enough people to read my books to develop a solid fan base. I’ve honed my skills and even pushed myself a little. That’s not enough. I need to put on my big girl panties and risk sending all my babies out into the world. On the heels of that thinking…
I got a push.
Bless Susan Carlisle’s heart, she had the chutzpah to scold me at our annual writing retreat and urged me to let my babies go, telling me they were too good to let them sit. (I’m still surprised when someone compliments my writing.) Getting me to agree was fairly easy, but Susan pushed again.
I needed a plan, a goal.
The next thing I knew we’d planned out at least eight releases for next year, beginning with a trilogy released in back-to-back months. At Georgia Romance Writer’s Moonlight & Magnolias Conference, I talked to an editor about the plan and we’ve agreed to do a trial run to see if we mesh. I picked out two cover artists and found a formatter. Now I need to work on a promotional plan.
Sending my plan into the universe here feels a little like falling off a cliff. There are a million things that could go wrong. But like those contestants who want to share their talent, I have a need to introduce my characters, my writing to the world. I’ve lived with my heroes and heroines and have fallen for them all. It’s time I let others love them too.
Please God, let others love them too.
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Carol Burnside is an award-winning author traditionally published in short stories. Five of her novel length manuscripts have placed in numerous RWA chapter contests and won five, including the prestigious Maggie Award for Excellence. Writing as Annie Rayburn, she has three speculative fiction, e-published, erotic romances which have been favorably received.
Carol knows romance. She’s an avid reader and experienced her own second chance at love story which resulted in a thirty-plus year marriage to her high school sweetheart. Learn more about her “sizzling romance that tugs at your heart” on her website, AnnieRayburn.com.