Harlie Williams


What am I doing wrong here?



Coach Taylor really needs to give me a good motivational speech.  Over the last couple of weeks, I've been kicked, pointed at, laughed at and generally ignored in the romance community as a writer.  I really don't think people realize that I do have a book coming out next month.  I'm in author loops, reader loops, on Facebook and nothing.  I have signed on with a tour company for January.  What am I doing wrong?I have privately emailed authors on what it was like when their first book came out and the advice and thoughts varied.

I've been told you are never any good until your second book.  Don't worry about it...just promo, promo, promo.  Most people don't pay attention to your first book; build up your backlist; and my personal favorite...some authors just might be jealous.  Jealous?  You're kidding right?  Who would be jealous of me?  I wr0te a spicy, (not erotic) SHORT story with a twist.  Its not a series; I didn't sign a multi-book deal or get an advance, so what's up?  Its not with a big 6 publisher either.  So what gives?

I think part of the problem is that my name is not recognizable.  Yes, Harlie is a reviewer but she is also a writer now that will be published in December.  She is working on her current WIP with a vengeance so she can start sending out query letters.  As one writer told me, you have the biggest challenge that I didn't have...getting people to see you as a writer and not a reviewer.  I never thought of it that way.  Most people love my reviews but it stops there.  I know of another reviewer out there that is now published under a pen name and I don't think she is having the same issues that I am having.

Often I have thought, well I'm just not one of the cool kids.  You know, the reader/fan/reviewer that goes to all the conferences and meets all the great romance authors out there and has fun.  Well, up until June of this year, I worked 40 hours weeks, had a family to take care, a husband who works every other weekend and lived in the sticks.  Didn't really allow me the time to just run off to a convention/conference all the time.  Yes, would I like to go to one?  You betcha but I have to plan it out like an invasion.  I have a plan now so that I can go to my RWA Chapter meetings without the logistically problems.  Plus, our son gets to see his grandparents and cousins.  I will definitely be at my chapter conference in March.  Again, it all comes down to logistics.

This post is not a bitch session but one that I would like some thoughts on.  I've applied and been rejected for author blogs that had openings.  Yes, sad isn't it?  I do have a Manic Reader page.  Well, I will once I can upload my cover and stuff.  (technical glitch on their end)  And before you say it...NO, I do not have a "brand" for myself.  My current WIP is a RS with paranormal elements.  No sex, barely any kissing.  So, as you can see, my writing goes from one end of the spectrum to the other.  *sigh*

Really Coach T?  A little motivation would be nice.  And no even Riggins wouldn't be that much of a help.

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