Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Internet Friends

Internet friend and fellow author Barbara Taylor Sissel sent me this charming photo of a fairy house in her garden. She just had a feeling I'd love it, and I did.
One of the nice bonuses of getting my books out into the world is "meeting" a lot of great people. Author Barbara Taylor Sissel first came into my life when she reviewed A Scattered Life and interviewed me for the website Boxing the Octopus.  Via email, we shared publishing stories and found out we had a lot in common. Like me, she experienced numerous near misses when trying to get published.

There's a lot of heartbreak out there for writers. Or at least there used to be a lot of heartbreak. Now there are options. Put your work out there and let the market decide, is my rallying cry!

And that's just what Barbara did. Recently she made her novel, The Ninth Step available as an ebook. If you read the excerpt on her website you can decide if the book is your cup of tea. I can tell you right now that it hooked me. One click later, I'd bought her novel and was good to go. Lately I've been stocking up on reading material. Winter is coming and I want to be ready.

Speaking of nice people I've met online (whoa, now that was a smooth transition!) I'd like to give a shout-out to Tiffany Lovering, author of Tamporlea, the first book in a planned trilogy. She's gone on record as saying I'm one of her favorite authors. Isn't that nice? It's the kind of thing you dream about when you're writing novels--wouldn't it be great if someday someone said I was one of  their favorite authors? So thank you, Tiffany, for making that a reality for me.

If you watch Tiffany's tour of her bookcase you'll see that I'm in very good company. You'll also see Tiffany's daughter, the charming Allison, who like her mother, loves to read.


Karen Wojcik Berner said...

You are right about internet friends, Karen. I have met many wonderful people through this virtual writing community and have been introduced to some great writing, including yours, of course. :)

Karen McQuestion said...

Hey Karen! Yes, the world is definitely getting smaller, in a good way.

Barbara Sissel said...

What a treat to find this photo on your blog today, not to mention the links and good words for my ebook. You are such an inspiration to me and I'm glad I could share something with you. I agree with you wholeheartedly ... put the work out there and let the market decide. Beats having it on a shelf any day. Thank you. I'm grateful we're in touch!

Karen McQuestion said...

Barbara, you are welcome! You're a talented writer, and I'm happy to help promote your book.

Tiffany said...

That is a really beautiful photo! I love when people put fairy houses in their garden, it makes me smile :)

Thanks for the shout out Karen! Your books are fantastic and the fact that you give so much of your time on tweets to your fans and blog posts makes you a beautiful person in my opinion.

I can't wait until November when I get to read something new!