Folks, it’s been a while since I put a book out into the world. I’ve been really busy with my freelance work, and that’s a lot of the problem. I’m not complaining that I get paid to write! But writing on the computer all day makes me not really want to write on the computer all night. You can’t blame me, right?
I can make all the excuses I want, but I think it’s time to finally work on the third book in The Dragon Keeping Chronicles! If you’re not familiar, you can check out The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and Once a Wanderer. Honestly, this wasn’t even meant to be a series at first. I had only thought about the first book, but the story insisted there would be more! Then I thought the second book would be it, but no! There’s more! And, to be honest, there just might be a fourth.
I’ve already written the rough draft of Book #3, but this is what it looks like right now:
Yeah, not exactly ready to go to print! With a little bit of work, I hope that it soon will be. Wish me luck as I get it all typed up, and we’ll see where this series goes next!
Have you read any of the books in the series so far? Let me know what you think!
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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside Detective. Her short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous. Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world. You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.
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I always like making new writing and blogging friends. In a recent conversation with a new acquaintance, he asked me if you ever get over the “debilitating self-doubt” that comes with writing.
I knew that was the answer, but I discovered just how true that was as I prepared to launch my latest book.
Although I’m an indie author, most of my writing happens on the freelance scene. I have consistent work creating blogs and ghostwriting, and this means that I usually spend a lot more time doing the projects that make me a little cash than the ones that are simply for my own creative pleasure. I do have quite a few stories waiting to be written, though, so I took the day off from my “regular” work to get my book finished up and ready for release.
By the time I release a book on the world, I’m absolutely sick of it. I have read this current book so many times that I just can’t stand it any more, and that’s how I know I’m done. There is nothing more that I can do to change it or make it better. It is as complete as a book can be.
Even though I knew the book was done, that knowledge didn’t stop a shocking amount of fear and anxiety from creeping up on me as I created a Facebook event and sketched out my marketing ideas. I thought at first that I was just frustrated; it’s difficult to know what the “right” thing is to do when it comes to promoting your work. I had a couple of close friends that attempted to help me, but they just couldn’t. I was an absolute mess.
Eventually, I calmed down and got over it. I got past the mental block that my anxiety had caused and was able to think creatively again. I’m good now.
But I want everyone out there who doubts their skill as a writer to understand that you aren’t alone. Writing is a job that not only takes a lot of hard work but also a lot of bravery. It’s impossible to write without putting a little bit of yourself into that book, and you’re opening it up for everyone to see it.
It’s tough, but you can do it.
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t’s been almost two years since I released The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping, and it’s finally time for the sequel! Come join my release party for giveaways, the cover reveal, and other fun! The best part is that you can do it all in the comfort of your home.