Many of you who are now visiting my website know that I have recently started a Goodreads Indie Author support group page. My offer? To read, review, and help promote indie authors and their books. I'm sure that some of you who are watching the list of book submissions grow are wondering why on earth I would offer to do this. While no one has asked, I thought I would go ahead and answer that unspoken question.
To help explain, I'd like to tell you about a dream that I have. But to help put that into perspective, let me tell you a little about myself. I am a stay at home mom. Yep. One of those. If you would have told me while I was in college if that was what I would end up doing, I would have laughed -- flat out guffawed -- in your face. It wasn't that I was particularly ambitious. I hated college, truth be told. But my experiences in life have altered my perspective. So when my son was born 2 months premature (kind of a big deal) and we realized that no daycare would take a preemie on a heart monitor, I quit my job to stay at home with him.
That was almost two years ago, and I've never regretted it. Watching my son grow up on a daily basis has been an absolute joy. Don't get me wrong, there are some days where I want to run out of the house screaming. But I realize that these are days I will never get back. He only grows up once.
So, I'm a stay at home mom. And we cut our household income in half. Slash. Just like that. Wouldn't have been a problem were it not for the hospital bill. Ick. So I stepped up my game and started publishing more books. Don't get me wrong, being a published author has always been a dream of mine. I love writing. Always have. But I never thought it was an option for me. Then I met this guy who told me that I should self publish. And I ended up marrying him. So now I self publish.
And what a chore it has been. Throughout the whole process, I found myself wishing that someone who had already been through it would show up to take my hand and encouragingly walk me through the process. But no one did. No one at all. I've been winging it since Day 1. I've gone through bottles of migraine medicine and bottles of wine -- not mixed together of course.
Having been through that, I decided that I wanted to be that author for someone else. I wanted to help indie authors. Someone has to do it, right? I love writing and I love reading. And what could be better than to help people by writing and reading??
My end goal is a little more intricate and grand. For any of you who have read my books, you know that my publisher is Hollow Hallow Bindings. I'm the owner. And I want to someday be a legitimate publishing company, helping new authors on their journey.
So there you have it, my dirty little secret. This is why I'm doing what I'm doing. For those of you who have submitted your books to me via Goodreads, Thank you!! And for those of you who haven't, I have to ask WHY NOT? It's FREE publicity! Seriously. Free. I mean, if you want to read one of my books and write a review for me as a thank you, it sure wouldn't break my heart, but I won't ask you to do that. My offer stands as this: I will read and review your book, and feature you on my Book Review blog without asking anything of you in return. True story.