Within an hour, there were probably 25 posts telling her not to give up. I added mine, with the detail that being published is no guarantee once sales drop off, and an agent may love your work but still be unable to sell it. I told her to take her own good hand and publish herself—Kindle and CreateSpace need cost you nothing, except for proofs and copies. But what she really needs is a writer’s support group.
Ours came together when I stopped teaching writers workshops and the students wanted to stay together for mutual support. It was years before I hooked up with them again, but the experience has been invaluable. We meet once a month in a book store. We share—experiences, tips, heartaches, technical expertise. The group pointed me toward e-publishing, indie-publishing, setting up a website and doing a blog. Members have written books together, done promotions, book fairs, signings. A traditional photographer became a digital cover designer, and is now working internationally. We’ve gone from support to cross-fertilization!
We have no dues, no officers, no name to put on t-shirts, and no rules except to support one another. Guys, I would not be where I am without you, and I wish every writer out there in this lonely world had such a group to belong to!