I am so excited! I just discovered my first book, a Bible study, is finally listed on Amazon.com. Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises For Our Liveswas born from a need in my church for an adult VBS class that had no curriculum. I spent two months putting it together and then an anxious seven weeks waiting for it to appear on Amazon.
While I’m very excited, I’m also a bit disappointed by Lulu. First of all there is no preview available. I hope to be able to rectify that soon. Secondly, there is supposed to be a download version available on Lulu for about half the price of the printed version, but darned if I can find it. I can’t even find my own store front on Lulu. This does not bode well for my staying with this company. I’m going to do some more research to find a solution to the problem or decide to use another company for the next book. (See my blog entry “Research Your Publishing Options” for why this is so important.)
And speaking of the next book, it’s in the works. I hope to be finished writing it sometime in the spring. The Misadventures of Apprentice Cat: The Secret of the Wobbly Wizard (working title) is a book based on a short story I wrote awhile back called “Apprentice Cat” that received several good reviews. I fell in love with the main character, a cat going to school to learn how to be a witch’s companion, and decided he deserved to have his story told in a longer format.
As I’ve worked on this book I’ve discovered new and intriguing things about Toby and the people and cats around him. I think that’s the wonderment of telling stories. The reader isn’t the only one who enjoys the twists and turns of a good book. I plan out the general direction I want a story to take, but a lot of time my characters take me down paths I never anticipated. It’s all part of the joy an author experiences.
If you’ve purchased Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises For Our Lives on Amazon.com, please remember to leave an honest review. Thanks!
I finally fixed the URL to my storefront on Lulu.com. Here it is: Virginia Ripple’s Storefront. You can download Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises For Our Lives for $5 in .pdf format in my Lulu.com store.