What I’ve learned after 20 single title releases!

My sense o f humor wants to step in and answer that question with – nothing!

But of course no one releases 20 novels (and 7 nonfiction, 2 short stories, 4 collections, and 5 multi-author bundles (with 4 more coming over the next 4 months) without having learned something. Gulp. I hope!

And that’s the number or releases I have with Rare Find now out!:)

To go along with those 20 releases, here are 20 things I’ve learned from the last 3 years:

  1. The books that come out smooth and easy, are never the ones you are under a deadline for.
  2. That books that are time pressed, have minds of their own and somehow gave the keys to the story to the dratted characters – so no wonder they are always late!
  3. Editors work for writers not the other way around – but not one of them read that memo!
  4. Each book is like starting at the beginning of the career journey all over again.
  5. New releases NEVER get any easier.
  6. A new release day lines up perfectly with Murphy’s law – every dratted time!
  7. Finished covers look wonderful until it’s time to upload them for the public to see, then you’re sure they are too dark, too light, wrong font, wrong images, just wrong…everything!
  8. The more I try to fit the story I’m writing to the story I thought I was writing the further apart the two seem to be.
  9. That no matter what I’m writing, one third in I want to be writing something else!
  10. After 3 years of writing/publishing the books in my heart, I still can’t easily define what genres they are!
  11. No matter who you tell, only another writer understands that being full time employed in this job does NOT mean sitting around all day drinking lemonade and counting my money!
  12. After 20 novels I still think my stories are crap and one day someone will expose me for the fraud I often think I am – and that feeling always amplifies before a new release. Lol.
  13. No matter how well I do one month, there’s that sense that it won’t last and I should be looking for a ‘real’ job.
  14. Every time I start to check out ‘real’ jobs, I get hit with incredible story ideas to keep me on my path! :)
  15.  I am a storyteller not a writer. And I DO need an editor – or 2 or 3 or 4…. Of course I learned that the hard way.
  16. One of the greatest joys in this world are the other writers who walk this crazy journey with me.
  17. There is no joy like the joy I get when I read the emails from my fans!
  18. There’s no pain like when you have to do major surgery on a book, sometimes completely deleting a half book. :)
  19. There’s great joy to when you manage to replace that deleted half book with something, bigger, better and stronger. :)
  20. There’s no feeling like reading your own finished book and finding yourself crying –  because it’s just that good. lol :)

I have to tell you, I bawled with Rare Find. And that caught me by surprise! If you don’t have your copy yet, it’s just been released and available now at at Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

Rare Find R25When people need help or are injured, they call out for their friends and family. When an animal needs help or is injured, it calls out for…anyone…that can help them…

One person hears them…

Tabitha is determined to bury her aching heart in the service of her animals at Exotic Landscape. Until she’s yanked out of her cozy retreat to help someone in need…and she gets more than she bargained for.

Detective Ronin Chandler understands secrets. He’s got a few of his own. But when the woman he loves gets into trouble – the kind that stretches even his belief system – he struggles to understand…and to help…before he loses her. Maybe forever.

As the danger escalates, Tabitha and Ronin need to find out who they can trust…and who they can’t…and who wants them dead…before it’s too late.

Also to celebrate the release of Rare Find I have the first 3 books in the series – the Psychic Visions Set on sale for 99 cents. The sale ends this weekend though, so grab a copy while you can!

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About Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer writes romantic suspense, with or without paranormal elements like TUESDAY'S CHILD (2011) and now young adult books in various genres like DANGEROUS DESIGNS (2011). Writing stabilizes her in a life gone wild! The other stabilizers? Cheesecake and her four cats! Of course, she's dreaming to think she'll get a piece cheesecake once her four kids find out she's been baking!
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6 Responses to What I’ve learned after 20 single title releases!

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Dale, it’s so nice to know I’m not alone with all my doubts and my goofy process. And even the joys that make it worthwhile. Definitely other writers like you are part of the joy and help me make it through this. :)

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hi Edie!

      It’s a wild and crazy journey we’re on Edie – thanks for being at my side as we make our way forward!! :) It’s funny, I no longer have an end goal. There are a few items on a bucketlist – but I’m just happy to write the stories that come to me, that make me smile – and cry. I want to increase my paycheck, of course, but overall this lifestyle IS my end goal. :)

  2. Great list, Dale! And 20 books in 3 years is amazing. Congratulations!!

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hi Robin,

      Thanks! The list was easy to write, with this new release, they were all on my mind all the time. lol. And I can hardly believe the 20 book mark myself. Now if only I could repeat that in the next few years! :)

  3. Mary Hughes says:

    Wonderful post! My favorite is number 5 :) Congratulations on twenty great releases!

  4. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Mary,

    #5 is the WORST!!! You’d think it would get easier after all this time – but it doesn’t.

    Still maybe by the time I hit 50 releases, I’ll feel comfortable with this whole process. At least I hope I will be! :)

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