I have just closed the Zoom window on the closing event of SiWC, and I need to unload.
This conference has been a massive help over the years, starting me on my way as an author instead of just a hobbyist. It is a strange mix of the experienced and the amateurs that fosters inclusivity and support when others would be elitist. It was the push to get me querying and taking my writing more seriously. Many workshops and talks inspired me or taught me how to improve my craft.
So it's a bit strange to say that I leave this conference with mixed feelings. Did I learn things? Absolutely! And I intend to go back over the online content available still to watch talks I could not attend. But I think my trepidation comes from looking ahead and seeing a fog. I'm not sure what I can use or what I can't. I'm at the point where I've learned enough to be on my way, but not enough to know where I am going.
I have two books self-published. The last one fell during COVID shut down, and I fumbled on the release so now I have to backtrack a bit.
I've got one book I passionately feel would work in the traditional publishing industry, and so I'm back to querying it.
So what am I doing? Honestly, I am coming to terms with the idea that I cannot do everything. I am accepting that books will continue to be my passion and outlet for stress. It will be fun. It will not be a career, but that doesn't mean I won't release good solid fun and adventure. And if I make you think a bit, excites you, or scares you a little, then good. Let's have an adventure!
I'm keen to hear from you! In these times of distancing, reach out! There's lots of good to come.
D. Lambert, author
Fantasy novels that entice, inspire, and entertain.