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A Blog About Nothing

copyright 2016 by Sherry Garland

I can’t believe it’s been four months since my last blog! It’s been so long that I can’t remember how to insert photos and use other basic wordpress tools.

As you can tell, I’m not much of a blogger. In fact I took off about two years to “flip a house.” That’s two years of hard manual work seven days a week, six to ten hours per day. And my husband did even more work than me. After completion, the fixer-upper was beautiful and sold after only seven days on the market. However, when you divide the profit by the hours, it came to about $2.00 per hour. My husband was sooo depressed and discouraged. All that work and very little money to show for it.  How could he justify ever trying that venture again?

I just laughed and said:”Welcome to my world. Remember that novel I wrote in 1978, 1979 and 1980? Well, after three years of research, and sweating over the plot and characters, and everything else, it never sold. Hundreds of hours; zero income.  And that YA novel I worked on for two years and never sold. Or that drawer full of unsold picture books and MG novels?” I’m not a slow writer, but I do a lot of research.  Song of the Buffalo Boy (right) took three years to research, but I used that research for several other books, so it was worthwhile.

Sometimes all the research I do and the research books I buy seem to be in vain, but authors are, for better or worse, perpetual optimists. [Or maybe a better word is unrealist, if there was such a word].We seem to keep pushing the boulder up the cliff, no matter how many times it keeps rolling back down. Even the tiniest bit of reward keeps most writers going.  If I see that a publisher bought a book similar to the one I wrote ten years ago, I think, yeah, see I did have a great idea. Now I’m going to pull it out and make it a best seller. So up the cliff I start pushing the boulder again. one time a reviewer called my MG book “harmless.”  I was elated and started working on a sequel.

Well, this has been a blog about nothing.  What I really wanted to write about was how biased some reviewers can be, but that will have to wait for another day.

Happy writing to you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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