To cry and to laugh and perspective.

Who said this publishing journey would be easy? (No one) Any posts by the published authors – traditional or Indie – will say the same thing. The writing is the easy part. The revising is the easy part. But dealing with the hard work of a small business and the ups and downs is emotionally hard.

There are so many things to make us cry like disappointing sales or screwed-up formatting or not enough chocolate chip cookies. Before that it was query letters and submission processes. Some days it’s not a problem and other days because of other pressures of life the smallest thing will set us off. It’s okay. Breathe deep, make some hot cocoa and put disappointments in perspective.

There are many things to make us smile and laugh too like good sales, pride of our own work, seeing friends’ success, and beyond writing and publishing, our family and friends. (That perspective thing again.)

Have a great Thanksgiving to my American friends! Here are some books and new releases for you to enjoy!

Vanishing Point is now free. Enjoy!!!!

Lies can be deadly.

Amazon ~ Kobo


DANGEROUS DEPTHS, book 2 of The Sea Monster Memoirs

by Karen Amanda Hooper, has washed ashore.
Hell hath no fury like a selkie separated from his true love.

Regret is a formidable foe.

Her parents had a second chance at love? Would she and Cade get one, too?
Coming soon to Barnes & Nobles and itunes
Tattered Dream
(Desolation Diaries #3)
Miro has seen Akaros’ return–and James’ death. But James has been to Hell and back and refuses to let Akaros rob him of his future with Miri. Desi might not be there to save him this time but James is determined to save him.
Have a great week!! Tell me what you’ve been reading!

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10 Responses to To cry and to laugh and perspective.

  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh November 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    If we don’t experience the lows, we’ll never appreciate the highs.
    Have a great Thanksgiving, Laura!

    • Laura November 27, 2013 at 12:50 am #

      That is so true! And I try and appreciate both ends. 🙂

  2. Natalie Aguirre November 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    So agree there are lows as well as highs no matter which way you go in publishing and even after you get a contract with the Big 6. We need to focus on those highs, whatever they are. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Laura November 27, 2013 at 12:51 am #

      I think, like all beginner writers, I thought that finding that agent and the book deal would cement the career. I now know better.

  3. Dianne Salerni November 26, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Yes, the ups and downs are the hardest parts! The hopes, the reality, the surprises — good and bad.

    Writing is just the tip of the iceberg!

  4. Laura November 27, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    I like that – just the tip of the iceberg. And so true!

  5. Stina Lindenblatt November 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    I once thought writing and editing the novel were the hardest parts. LMAO!!!! How wrong I was.

  6. Leslie Rose November 28, 2013 at 4:17 am #

    So true. Isn’t there a saying about with every disappointment an angel gets its wings? If there isn’t, let’s make it up. Happy Thanksgiving.

  7. Jordan McCollum December 5, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    I hear ya. Especially about the not enough chocolate chip cookies. (Is there ever enough?)

    Writers have to be super resilient. Hope you’re bouncing back–and I’ll definitely be picking up Vanishing Point!

  8. Margo Berendsen December 10, 2013 at 3:35 am #

    Some really gorgeous covers here!

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