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Hi. My name is Ey Wade, and, yes, I am an author. Can you believe it? I’m cheering for myself as I wipe the tears of years of frustration off my cheeks. If it weren’t for the fact I’m repeating the notion in my head, while squeezing the ink out of the proverbial title, I wouldn’t believe that I made it to the finish line. Any published author ever feel that way? I see the finished product online, cheer and cry over the reviews, and stand in awe over the fact there are people who really read my books and join my Facebook fan group, Ey, Simply Writing. What a bump to my ego, I definitely needed it after the trip it took to get here.
No, I didn’t stomp up a crystal stair, climb mountains or slide down a big loopy-loop contraption. My trip began slowly, like most writers. I met a girl who, as luck (I’ll let you decide whether it was good or bad) would have it, had a father who was an agent. Long story short, this guy enticed me onto a publication fast track, bypassing the door to Ballantine Books, which was asking for my novel, and directly to the pits of Publish America. Here is where I hold the yield sign; it was years ago. Now I know – scratching at researching means nothing. Grab a shovel, pick and an ax. Dig up everything you can about an agent or publisher, and the authors. You may run into a little grumbling which could save you.
As good fortune would have it, a review in a local paper woke me. The review gave kudos to the book while blasting the company for its inadequacies. I see that as the key that released me from Publish America. Afraid of getting on the road again, I took a seat and watched the world pass me, until the indie revolution began parading pass. I followed, like a kid going for a roller coaster, excited and fearful, and took my seat behind the keyboard, enthusiasm rising higher and higher. Learning the ropes of self-publishing and succeeding under the name “Wade In Publishing,” I continued the ride to the top, learning about marketing, promoting, and some social networking procedures along the way. Of course, now I’m totally addicted to Facebook.
Leveling at the top, looking down at the next dip, I decided I needed some help and entered into contract with my current publisher, InknBeans Press. Together we have released eight books, making me the author of 10 novels and an American history book.
The travel continues. Hopefully, soon I’ll turn the corner to bestseller.
Live the dream!