The Romance of Following a Mentor-Part Three

I’ve written about inspiration Jasinda Wilder before on this blog.

Like Hugh Howey (discussed here, yesterday), Jasinda Wilder is a prolific indie author.  She and her husband, Jack, approach the production of novels as a business – one that would make the payment of their mortgage, and then the support of their family possible.  Although it is Jasinda’s name alone on the cover of all of the early works, the couple produced at least sixteen works, as reflected on Amazon, from August 29, 2012 (The Preacher’s Son #1) through January 11, 2013 (Rock Stars Do It Dirty); that was before their break-out, longer, more literary novel was published.  More about that, below.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her and her co-author husband, Jack, twice, and each time they were fun, encouraging, and supportive of other writers.  In 2013, in the midst of signing autographs for an adoring throng ~

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~ Jack and Jasinda told me that their first works paid their mortgage, but that their then-just-released big breakout novel, Falling Into You was an income game-changer.  Since then, they have produced at least a dozen more original novels, contributed to multi-author anthologies, and have packaged some previously released works into boxed sets.  This success has allowed them to purchase a vineyard for commercial wine production.

Jasinda takes a different approach to blogging than that of fellow indie author Hugh Howey.  Her blog does not contain posts reminiscing about a beloved parent, or analytics about the publishing industry.

Instead, Jasinda’s blog focuses on reaching out to her fiction readers about her books.  There is occasional news about future appearances.  There are occasional teaser snippets from her latest work.  She lets her readers know when to expect a new release.  But blogging is not a frequent phenomenon.

Although neither Hugh Howey nor Jasinda and Jack Wilder know that they are my mentors, I look to them for, among other wisdom, the practicalities of how to allocate my scarce writerly time.  The Wilders and Howey are industrious, creative, and smart about the business side of publishing.  Both camps have a readership that welcome more content and contact, but pursue different blogging philosophies.

As for me, the BlogHer challenge (NaBloPoMo) to post everyday in November keeps my nose to the blogging grindstone, my fingers to the blogging keyboard.  What’s my novel’s word-count again?

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