I’ve been off from blogging for a month now and ready to return.
My wife and I welcomed our first child into the world on April 16th at 8:02 in the AM. He was 6 lbs 13 oz and is completely healthy much to our excitement. We’ve settled into the routine of feeding, changing diapers, and figuring out how to sleep. So far, we’re only fatigued every other day or so. Also I have yet to be peed on but I have had the wonderful honor of pulling off soaked onesies more times than I can remember (I’ve even got some small rashes on my hands form washing them so much lately. Fun times!).
I’ve been off from work for three weeks now and wonder if I’ll be able to assimilate back into the workforce after spending so long away (I make it sound like months don’t I?) and I’m curious to see how it works out. I can’t even get my head around parents who are able or have to go back to work the week of or even a week after a child’s birth. Seriously, how?
I sent out the newest newsletter this week. I’d love to attract more subscribers but I’m struggling to do so, often wondering if people are signing up but the plug-in I use is not informing me. It seems to be having problems hence my sending the newsletter later than I wanted to. I don’t know. I need to look deeper into it. Then again, maybe I just fail at marketing myself (there’s like a 50/50 chance this is the issue…). I need a PR person who will work for free and just do it because they want to see me succeed. (Send all resumes to my personal email if interested.)
I’m also trying to find more beta readers but having no luck so far. Apparently, it’s not easy and for good reason. I think about people having time to read and critique a book that is 200k+ words and I understand the lack of interest. I’d like to get at least 2-3 more beta readers feedback before sending out my first agent query letter (at this rate, I’ll be looking at five to ten years from now). I just really think I need more feedback on the story as a whole. I still wonder if there are things that either don’t make sense or parts that need to be simplified. So we will come to the CTA.
Call to Action: If you are interested in being a beta reader for my book, So Speaks the Gallows, or if you have any resources that you could point me to, please feel to do so. There is no waitlist.