Early 2016 I decided to work on my craft. I thought perhaps taking a workshop or a class may help me, maybe. At the time that I was thinking these things, mulling them over before taking the leap, and making the investment, I saw a few of my fellow writers taking the masterclass offered by author James Patterson.
I did my research and I found that this course was set-up in a way that you could ultimately win the honor to co-author a story with him, that was not something I was interested in. I wanted purely to hear what he had to say about publishing, writing, and his experiences in his career. I’m sure for some they wanted to co-author something with the man to boost themselves, the attention toward any work they had previously published, or just to have the experience of working with him.(Those bragging rights ya know!?) But for me, I just wanted to learn. If I’m meant to work with someone of his status in the writing world then it’ll happen…eventually.
It was set-up very much in the way that a class is at any school would be. Homework and all! Participation was a part of the entire course, but it was also very isolating, at least for me. It was more like posting to comments under classes and doing assignments than what I had expected originally, but I’m flexible and over time this just was what it was. I would do the homework and watch the videos learning whatever it was I could from them. There was another way to connect to others in the course, that being a Facebook group dedicated to those that had paid to be a part of the program, but I rarely posted there if any at all.
What I ultimately learned is that some of his advice was more of a confirmation for me. The killer of inspiration is self-doubt and the ‘walking in the darkness’ feeling that can come from being in the independent writing industry. I’m not sure if that feeling can flow over into traditional publishing, but from the field that I am in it’s common. So many of my fellow writers have admitted they didn’t know what to do, if anything at all, to help themselves. I admit, in ways, I’m like this time to time even to this day with my wondering if anything I’m doing on social media is really helping me or not, but I just breathe, sip another bit of coffee, and hand it over to my networking that I’ve worked on to aid me along the way. (Tip: Word of mouth is always a fantastic way to get attention.)
My feelings were also confirmed that if you’re going to get anywhere you’re going to have to work to get there. This is something else I’ve seen in many fellow writers in the field. Especially those that believe that because they’re with an indie publisher their job of writing the story is done, it’s not! You must always promote yourself and your work. The publishing house will help, at least the good ones, and that coupled with your own efforts will over time get you a ‘buzz’.
I do recommend trying it out for yourself if for nothing else than to settle your nerves. For the price I paid, I have a lifetime access to everything which to me sounds like a bargain. Anytime I want to go back, check out things again, perhaps even brush-up I can.
Today a fellow author, SL Perrine, posted a video giving advice from her experience to writers that are either new to the indie industry or struggling. I saw a version of this earlier in the day and asked her to make another one more open for just the authors of the industry and she liked that idea enough to do it. The following is that second video. Check out her FB page and her Youtube channel.
Here’s the video that sparked the post.
“The goal of this anthology is to shout loud and proud that The South holds some of the best horror writers and authors. What’s unique about this project is that it will not only include a collection of shorts but also hold hand-picked dark poetry! We simply cannot limit an anthology of this nature to just short stories, though those are the main material that will be included.”
-The SFA Project page excerpt
Check out The SFA Project page for all the details. It also contains VITAL information if you may be interested in submitting your story for the review process and perhaps even inclusion.
The History of the Short:
The Painting of Martel started out as a little submission for the anthology Painted Mayhem to help raise funds for those living and surviving with PTSD, from there the short has climbed from the anthology’s pages and has been revamped. The newly polished and reworked edition of The Painting of Martel is releasing May 1st in honor of my father’s birthday. I briefly explained in a podcast interview with Darkness Dwells that I wanted to explain this release date because it was important. My father lived from the day he came back from serving in Vietnam to the day he passed, April 27th, 2016 with PTSD. I saw the effects of it on his daily life. He was my inspiration in wanting to be active with my writing in whatever way that I could to help. I wanted to help and when the offer came along to submit to Painted Mayhem I jumped at the chance offered to me by author TJ Weeks. Though the story itself does not tackle the topic of PTSD or surviving with it is connected in this way to an anthology that wanted to help those that do.
Thanks to TJ Weeks for taking a chance on me, encouraging me to try my hand at writing short stories, and pushing myself to challenge myself in realms of writing I hadn’t tried at that time. I am now a big fan of writing short stories and have found a special place for them. Like one of my shorts? Give thanks to TJ, if it wasn’t for him there wouldn’t be stories like Human Ouija, Gaze of Destruction, A Farmhouse Haunting, The Painting of Martel or Just Underneath or any future short stories I write out in the world or soon to be in the world for readers to devour.
With all of that said, I would like to invite you to attend the release Facebook party being held April 30th, 2017. The story will be in pre-orders and you will be able to grab it up for yourself before the release day May 1st. Pre-orders will be up for awhile so you’ll have plenty of time to get yourself this anti-hero tale.
When: Sunday, April 30 at 12 PM – 7 PM Central Times
Where: Facebook Event Location
There will be a special additional segment at the end of the event where I, L. Bachman, will discuss future works, do some more giveaways, and do some special previews. I will be doing some swag and autographed swag-giving, I don’t do the swag sending often and taking questions.