Monday, October 15, 2012

Letting Go of the Indie Author's Expo



This is a tough post to write. I have gone down a fairly significant path towards putting together a three-day event for Indie authors and I’ve had a great response from the writing community on the concept. I have had to admit to myself, and now to all of you, that I just can’t do it at present.

I was feeling pretty powerful a few months ago when the idea struck me. It seemed that I could accomplish anything if I put my mind to it and I still believe that’s probably true, assuming that I could put my mind to it.

The thing is that I’m currently fighting for my own survival. I’m trying to find a new job before my unemployment runs out, having failed to produce enough income streams to support myself without a job.  I’m still working on this, but time is running short.

This fact, along with the passing of my father, has changed my outlook and emphasis on things. It’s also difficult to get very far in the planning process without cash to lay down as deposit.  I had planned an IndieGoGo campaign to raise the funds, but don’t feel I can ask people to support something that I’m not absolutely sure, in my bones, I can do.

So, here’s the deal. Anyone else that wants to pursue this plan – you have my full support and I’ll be there to assist you. I hope someone else will pick up the ball and run with it. An Indie Author’s Expo would be a good thing, and is certainly possible with a totally devoted individual.

Thank you for your support to those who encouraged me and offered to help. I wish my mindset was different and I could follow through. It’s just not the case at present.

11 comments:

  1. It's still a great idea and a great plan. And someday it will happen. When it does, I suspect you will will have smoothed out your rough spots and will be out front making it happen.

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    1. Caleb - I can always count on you. Admitting it was not a good time for me was tough and you made it better. Thank you my friend. I do hope to be part of it.

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  3. Kathy, I think you are being very wise to recognize that there is a time and place for everything. just because right now doesn't work for the expo doesn't mean some time down the road won't be perfect!

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    1. Thank you, Shannon. It's hard for me to back away from anything, but you're right - another time.

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  4. We're wishing you the best for the time ahead. Sometimes life's just a bumpy ride. Make the best of it.

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    1. Thanks Cat - that's very kind and good advice.

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  5. Aww Sweetie, you just take care of you. The Expo will wait. Now go get 'em!

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    1. Thanks Gary. It was difficult to walk away.

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  6. It's a huge undertaking. No judgement, and prayers to you and for you!

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    1. Thanks Kimberly - I felt such a sense of release but a bit of sorrow too, because I know it's a great idea.

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