The Road to Publication — Tammy Trail
Today I’m happy to welcome author Tammy Trail as she shares insights into her publishing journey.
To tell you the truth, I thought I would be farther along in the process of becoming an author by now. I started with an idea but had no idea where to start. I decided to attend a writer’s conference in 2009. It was sponsored by a small writer’s group a couple of hours drive from my home. I also made the decision to write a bit of a story and pay for a critique by a published author.
After my very encouraging and thoughtful critique, I found I had a lot to learn. The author who gave me the critique had a list of books she suggested I read to learn the craft of writing. You see, I made EVERY mistake you can imagine with my sample writing piece. Looking back, I wonder why she just didn’t tell me to find a new hobby.
I found that my favorite part of the writing process is to brainstorm ideas and flesh out a story. I begin with the characters and wonder what kind of people should they be? Where do they live? How do they meet? I write historical fiction with a touch of romance. It’s a boy meets girl kind of thing. Too simple? Yes, that’s why I need to find a way to make them stretch and grow. Conflict is not something I encourage in real life. I tend to shy away from it. In fictional writing it’s a very important. I had to change my way of thinking.
So fast forward to May. I was offered an opportunity to be part of a collection of stories to be published independently on Amazon. It was a patriotic themed collection and my story takes place in 1776, just as the colonies are about to declare their independence from Great Britain. Most of the other stories in the collection are suspense driven. I do have a bit of that suspenseful elements in my story, and the author who put the collection together wanted different time periods represented. It was published on Amazon from July 2018 until December 15, 2018.
The collection did not do as well as expected. I am disappointed, but now I will put back some of the original story that I had taken out in order to have a novella instead of a full-length novel to publish in the collection. My plan now is to go back through the story, make my characters stronger, add to the word count for a full novel, and then republish in on Amazon with a physical book instead only an e-book format. I’ve decided it will be a series, and book number two has a first chapter so far. My goal to be traditionally published is still a desire. It’s just going to take more time, and I am okay with that because I am still learning.
About the Author:
Tammy Trail is a monthly contributor to “Inspired Prompts: Follow us down the Write Road” blog post. A lifelong reader, she is also a history geek who loves anything to do with the American Revolution or the American Frontier. Happily married to the same loveable guy for 31 years, she is Mom to two and a Mimi to two with one on the way.