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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Well, the coffee was great.

Occasionally, in this trying to become an author thing, you've got to realize that maybe, just maybe it was not meant to be.

This was during my last book signing effort that it hit me. And I've got to decide wether to continue in this vein, or to step back into my old life, and concentrate on medicine, my family, and my other pursuits (e.g. photography, painting, music and so on). Now I have no illusions about it - I was never in it as a money-making venture. It was just something that I wanted to do, something to try, something that I thought that I could do well.

Let me tell you that the feedback that I got from those who bought my books was fabulous. They loved them, and seemed to want more of them. But then I looked at all the stuff out there that does sell - all the teenage vampire, werewolf, the smut peddlers, the political and celebrity tell-all books - and I realized that it just wasn't me. My own tale of a physician, in this time, along with the healer from centuries ago just was not likely to sell well "out there."

So, what I've decided to do is to back off a bit. I might complete my sequel, or I might not. It's not like work that I've really got to do. And let my publisher set up book signings, if they're so inclined. But frankly, they have not held up their end of the bargain either. They have not promoted my book as they ought to have done. The second book trailer has not even been put out there, let alone the trailer for my third book. They have not even given it a chance to succeed or to fail in the open marketplace, because it has not really been out on the market outside Oklahoma City.

As I sat down at my latest effort at book signing, and only one person actually came, I thought about all these things. And I came to the inescapable conclusion that I was not meant for this.

But the coffee was great, and the atmosphere was wonderful, and I still think that if you want a really great cup of coffee, the Credo House is the place to get it.


  1. One thing I have to say is...


    I think every author must experience let-downs and times when it seems they're not getting anywhere and not reaching anyone with their writing, but give it some time and please don't be discouraged - yes perhaps medical fantasy is not the reading of the masses who are into vampire romance, etc... but all I can say is that the masses have bad taste!

    I also believe that when we do what we want to do, we may not always experience immediate success, but the most important thing is to try and try again, and maybe when you're not looking for success, you'll find it...

    Yet to finish T&R, but I look forward to the sequel when it's out, and as soon as I've finished my studies and have time to give thought to it I'll write you a proper review!

    Best wishes,

  2. It may be that I just need a bit of a vacation from my vocation. You know, while I've been doing all this writing, I haven't made time for painting. And I know there are paintings that I feel obligated to produce - don't ask me why, but they're out there.

  3. Fair enough. It's good to take a break sometimes and step back for a while :) Then you can come back to it with fresh inspiration!
    Painting sounds good. If you ever come over to Scotland, I know a nice little B&B on a certain hebridean island that also does painting holidays...