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Why I Write by Rebecca Hubbard Author Guest Post

Today we welcome author Rebecca Hubbard to the eBook Review Gal blog. Rebecca is the author of The Gift and is currently touring with her children’s book via My Book Tour. Rebecca has some interesting things to say about her life as a writer, so let’s get started!

“Why I write” by Rebecca Hubbard

eBook Review Gal Author Guest Post by Rebecca Hubbard.

Writing has been a part of my life since early elementary school. I remember writing my first poem on fat lined school paper. I do not remember what my first poem was about but I recall writing to understand the things I was experiencing in my life. I also wrote about nature and things I wondered about.

If I wasn’t on a horse or reading a book, then I was writing something. Growing up, writing was a salve and a constant companion. I did not start writing for others until I was a therapist.

As a therapist I began using my writing skills to help my young clients cope with traumas and difficult experiences. This started out with me telling them very short stories.

Then I started writing short stories that they could take home. My first story of this nature was called “Sneaky Pee.” My process evolved into creating stories for a larger audience of children.

My passion is writing stories for children who do not have books that reflect the trauma that happened to them. I want all children who have experienced traumatic events to be able to find a book that helps them feel that they are not alone, and gives them hope that they can feel better.

It is an honor to shed light on the problems children face and on their resilient and beautiful spirits. The majority of the stories I have written are to be used in a therapeutic setting. These stories do not have a publisher so they are not available at this time.

While the “The Gift” leans itself to as a therapeutic story, it also stands alone simply as a children’s book. enjoy writing stories that help children grow and learn about themselves and the world around them.

I know I will continue to write these types of stories, as well as the ones that are more specialized. I cannot imagine my life without writing stories for children. It is an honor and a privilege to give a voice to children who feel they do not have one.

ABOUT REBECCA HUBBARD

Rebecca J. Hubbard is a master’s level Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over twenty years of experience working with children and their families. She began writing short stories as a child for her own amusement and enjoyment. Rebecca discovered that she could facilitate the healing of her young clients by writing stories for them.

Currently, Rebecca works at Spirit Reins as a clinician and as the clinical supervisor where she practices Natural Lifemanship, ™ a Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy™ model.

Rebecca is a native Texan, who enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her two dogs, Idgie and Sully, and her two horses, Cash and Cloud. She also loves to read, paint and garden. Rebecca encourages readers to connect with her via her website and Amazon Author Page.

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Stacy Harshman and Beamer, The Headstrong Lamb

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I’d like to welcome Stacy Harshman, author of Crowning Glory, back to my blog with her special story of Beamer, a headstrong lamb.

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Beamer

Last year I saved Beamer, one of my best friends from death.

Beamer is a sheep.

After a period of severe depression last year, I moved from New York City to work and live on a therapeutic working ranch community in Vermont.  I needed to be around people and have a meaningful schedule, every day. While I worked on many jobs with people around the ranch the being that opened my heart the most was Beamer

I went to the pasture and hung out with the little bottle baby. He loved being around people. Due to a traumatic birth Beamer had big, bulging eyes and was knock-kneed. But he was a lovable goof. He and I would cuddle together in the field, basking in…

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Self-Publishing: Now is the Right Time, Guest Post by Author Michael Bolan

Self-Publishing Guest Post by Michael Bolan Author

I was speaking recently with a fellow author, one slightly more successful than yours truly. He has published over 40 books and short stories, selling millions of copies. He’s what you could call “the real deal”. And he’s just given up all of his publishing contracts.

I know. I can hear your jaws dropping. Why would someone who was so established just walk away from all of the support, which powers his books to the top of the bestsellers lists? When I asked him, his initial answer was simple – money. He stands to make about twelve times as much per book on his own.

Which is why the major publishing houses are running scared, and why there is no better time than now to self-publish. I understand that the skills needed to promote and market a book are different from those needed to write one, but marketing isn’t an art, as most people think. It’s a process-driven, experience-based numbers game, which can be learned, copied and applied to any situation.

My famous author friend also cited control as another reason to switch to self-publishing. He would pitch a book to his editor, who would then suggest changes to make the book more marketable. The editor’s sales targets were in the hundreds of thousands, whereas the author would be happy with tens of thousands. If you can make ten times as much per book on your own, the end result is the same.

Unless you have been living in a cave, you’ll have heard of Amazon’s tiff with the publishing house Hachette. Don’t get me wrong, the world’s largest eBook retailer is no angel. It’s a business and it sure does make life easy for new authors. I spoke with another author friend who recently chose to publish traditionally. She regrets the decision and is busy working on her next novel, which will be released electronically. As she said, Amazon sells over three billion eBooks every year and she wants a slice of that pie. Yes, that’s billion with a “B”. From initial idea to release will take her about a year, as opposed to the epic three-year journey with her publisher.

Traditional publishers claim to act as a buffer for the reading public, filtering out titles that really should never see the light of day; in the odd instance, they may have a point. Recent developments, however, would suggest that traditionally published authors don’t have a monopoly on ideas or the ability to spin a good yarn – just look at the sales figures for self-published vs. the big firms. Publishers argue that they provide countless value-added services such as story advice, editing, cover design, PR and promotion, and so on, ad nauseam, whereas self-publishing leaves all of this up to you.

I have great respect for the major publishing houses – they are sophisticated businesses, which bring the written word to millions. They are very professional and they care deeply about the long-term strength of their brand. There are, however, myriad small “publishing houses”, full of wondrous promises, which are little more than snake oil salesmen. You have a brilliant idea, you work hard for months to capture it on paper, you spend a small fortune to have it published and then find yourself doing everything yourself anyway.

Part of the problem lies in the fact that, with the development of technology, there are no major barriers to becoming a publisher. As with all industries there are those that would take advantage of the unwitting. It’s often tough for an independent writer to decide if their publisher will actually do what they promise, so self-publishing becomes a “safer” route.

But there’s still work to be done. All the services provided by the publishing house still need to be performed, so get yourself a good editor, have a proper cover designed, learn some basic marketing and get to work.  All the information you need is out there, so read the self-publishing blogs and don’t be scared to ask for help. Social media has helped create a community, which can and will support you.

Just don’t forget your roots when you sell your millionth copy.

Michael Bolan Author PhotoMichael Bolan is the author of The Sons of Brabant, available on Amazon. Michael encourages readers to connect with him on Facebook and via his website.