Welcome Patricia Gligor!
April 4, 2014
I’m so happy to have Patricia Gligor (1) visiting today on her blog tour for her latest book. Patricia is not only one of my favorite writers, but also one of my favorite people! And if you don’t know already, a wonderful and gracious supporter of other authors.. Patricia has a new book out, Desperate Deeds. .
The Easiest Part of Being a Writer
The easiest part of being a writer is writing a book.
Are you scratching your head, wondering what on earth I could possibly mean by that statement? Well, let me explain. There’s no doubt about it, writing a book is hard work. Writers spend months, even years, plotting, writing and editing a novel but, compared to the other aspects of being a writer, writing is a piece of cake. Finding a publisher, working with them to produce a finished book, promoting and selling your book is much more difficult and it can be extremely stressful.
When you’re writing, you live in a world you’ve created. And, even though your characters may give you pause once in awhile and you’ll have times when you stare at the blank screen on your monitor with a blank expression on your face, you are, at least in theory, in control. Everything proceeds at your pace. The book is finished when you type “The End,” whether literally or figuratively.
But that’s where your control stops. In spite of your best efforts, you have no control over whether or not a publisher will want to add your book to his/her list and you have little control over the rest of the process. Of course, you can always self-publish but that’s no easy task either because you have to handle the aspects of getting your book into print that, if you had a publisher, he or she would’ve taken care of.
So, let’s assume you’ve got a publisher, all the details have been worked out and you have a publication date. Now it’s time to promote! Your book will be published soon and you need to let potential readers know about it. There are so many books out there by so many other authors and you have the Herculean task of making yours stand out in the crowd. How do you do that? You tell everyone you know and strangers you meet, spend countless hours on social media sites and set up book signings. But there’s still no guarantee that your book will sell well. And, if your published book doesn’t produce decent sales, there are no guarantees that your publisher will accept the next one. As I said, “The easiest part of being a writer is writing a book.”
As Ann Kern starts her new business as an interior decorator, the temperatures have risen, tulips and daffodils are in bloom and there’s a feeling of endless possibilities in the air. She has no idea that her world is about to be turned upside down.
When Janis Riley, a woman for whom money is no object, contacts Ann to redecorate her house, Ann is elated. But her initial visit with her first client leaves her with mixed emotions. Why did Janis react so strangely to seeing a photo of Ann’s six-year-old son, Davey?
But Ann has bigger problems. Her husband, David, a recovering alcoholic, has lost both his mother and his job and Ann worries that he’ll start drinking again. To add to her concerns, their next-door-neighbor, Dorothy Baker, is severely depressed but Ann’s efforts to help her are rebuffed.
Ann is terrified when she wakes up the day before Easter to find Davey gone. Another child, Kelly Kramer, has been missing since December. Does some pervert have both children and what, if anything, can Ann do to get her son back?
(1) Patricia Gligor is a Cincinnati native. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, touring and photographing old houses and traveling. Mixed Messages and Unfinished Business, the first two novels in her Malone Mystery series, were published by Post Mortem Press. Desperate Deeds is the third novel in the series.
Visit her website at: http://pat-writersforum.blogspot.com/