Thank you H for writing a post with such disarming charm.
Reader I hope you like this post as much as I did.
Hi Wendy fans.
Firstly I would like to thank Wendy so much for her gracious invitation to write this guest blog post.
A little about me. I'm an Australian, I've been married three times, my hair becomes grayer by the day, and I have the most beautiful daughters imaginable, aged from 26 to 36. I've worked in many places around the world, including the U.S.A, India, Thailand, Malaysia, and of course, Australia.
I started writing my first novel in 1995 following a dream I'd had while living alone in a small studio apartment in Bangkok, Thailand. My dream gave me a couple of character names, a very sketchy plot outline, and a strong desire to write. Two years later, having no idea what I was doing, I ended up with 60,000 words of an innocent teenage love story. This was published as an ebook in 2010, and following sales success to family and a few friends, I decided to take back publishing rights and will rewrite it with a view to adding more 'spice and mystery'. There didn't seem to be a huge market for innocent teenage love stories, although I loved the characters. I hope to republish it in the next couple of months, no doubt to rave reviews and unimagined riches. I've also started work on a new children's fantasy. Wait till you hear the joy of blue dragons playing soccer deep in a magic jungle. The child in me is most definitely alive and well.
My second novel, Awakening Olivia North, was self-published as both ebook and paperback about three months ago. I just received my first empowering royalty payment of $16.71 from Amazon for July sales, and in fact, I think I've already spent the majority of this on ebooks from other writers. There is a case to be made here for buying my books simply so I can expand my knowledge of other writers and be inspired to improve my own work.
I doubt Awakening Olivia North will become a huge success, but it taught me an enormous amount, and I refuse to give up. I figure if I keep writing, my skills will improve and a modicum of talent shall someday emerge. I can only pray my proof reading and editing skills improve also. Sad to say, at this stage, I am hopeless at both.
I believe any creative expression improves with practice, and in order to continue to do what we love, creative souls must try to be largely immune to criticism. I draw on past work experience to keep focused on writing when many around me fail to understand my passion and refusal to give up. In the mid-1980's I had a chemical business, and with absolutely no knowledge of chemistry, I set out to develop a new range of products for the paint industry in Australia. I cannot count the number of people who told me I was insane for trying when others who had all the correct degrees and letters after their name had failed.
The net result was I succeeded, but not before making every mistake possible. I ended up failing more times than anyone could imagine, yet I never gave up. Surely I must be the poster boy for 'Trial and Error' chemistry.
Never let go of your dreams, never allow yourself to be told something can't be done, and never lose faith in your ability to shine no matter how many people think you may be crazy. Success comes from persisting when 99% of the world would have already given up and run off to get a 'real' job.
It has been such a pleasure writing this, and again, thank you Wendy for the opportunity. I send my smiles and best wishes to all.
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