Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border

Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border
photo by Gene Tunick of Eureka, Montana

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tip O'Day #275 - Wet Behind the Ears

Guest blogger Tami Kidd on some surprising (to her) achievements.

(After raising two children and the turmoil of an unhappy marriage,) I now have the time to do what I've always LOVED to do, write.

Until last year when I entered the NaNoWriMo challenge, I never dreamed I'd actually finish a novel. I did. As part of finishing, the winners were allowed to get hard copies of their books published through CreateSpace.

I never previously considered self-publishing, mostly because it was called vanity publishing and real writers didn't do that. They were supposed to get published through traditional publishing houses. I decided to give it a shot and now my book is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble and it has gotten some great reviews. I still consider myself wet behind the ears and I'm learning as I go. I know one thing: the hardest part about publishing is promoting.


  1. Promoting is tough, and more and more authors are complaining about having zero time for writing. A year or two ago writers were encouraged to do EVERYTHING in social media to promote their work. Now, (thank goodness) there are a few willing to stand up and say they'll do some promotion, but focus mainly on writing new material. I think that's a better strategy...and probably healthier for the author.

    Happy writing and huge congrats on your release.

  2. I agree totally with Anne.
    I have promoted myself for years, it is time you let someone else do the promoting and you concentrate on writing.