It wasn't without problems. It was demanding and dangerous. Denver Stone and his team knew it, but did it anyway. Someone had to take the streets back from the drug runners, and his unsanctioned team of law enforcement officers stepped up. A story of action, intrigue, humor and romance. "Credible Justice."
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Writing isn't always fun. It isn't always convenient, and certainly the work an author has to do, to back up a published book can be all consuming. Of course, I am guessing people who are experts in social media and advertising, will see things so much differently to me.
This is because I am way out of my comfort zone, when it comes to selling myself, find it difficult to post articles about myself, and hate using photos, which is why I have previously mentioned the need to have an author stand in. A younger man, plenty of hair, sexy and fit as a butchers dog. You know, the total opposite to me!
I had no idea how much self promoting I would have to do, and all of this with no guarantees whatsoever.
I am no different from other writers; in the fact I have thought about writing over the years, then suddenly the time was right. I lacked self confidence in the period before publication, which is not a good start for someone who hopes that readers will buy into their hard work.
I found myself conversing with established author Paul Anthony, who has experience of writing many books on a wide range of subjects. During this conversation, we began to discuss charities and the work he does for research into Chiari Malformation. If you look it up on the internet, you may be surprised such a condition exists; I certainly was.
It dawned on me, that if I published a book and the profits of which could go to charity, then maybe I could handle that easier than just selling myself for me!
It's exactly what I have done for my book, "Credible Justice: Fighting Back." Any profits will be shared between research into Chiari and the Police Dependants Trust. The latter because of my career in the police, until an injury on duty, necessitated my early retirement.
I mentioned early in this piece about writing not always fun, and that is true, yet something about writing the first one, made me do another!, and no doubt I will finish my third one in due course.
If, as I have found, an author writes about a subject that they have knowledge and experience of, then it is impossible not to be immersed into the storyline. Characters are based on people we know, some stories reflect incidents we know about and reliving some of the trauma can be unsettling, and yet there is something compulsive about the need to keep going.
When I read books now, I imagine what a writer may have gone through in putting those words to paper. It makes reading a lot more interesting.
Now, when I tap the keys, and promote my book via social media and other means, I take great comfort, in the fact that it's not 'all about me,' and although I still cringe, when I press the send button, the effect is nowhere as bad as it was, say, even a month ago!
All of this said, I thank all of you for your support, and every comment, every review, makes it all worthwhile.
If you wish to check out three authors who have advised me so well, Please click on link to find out more about Paul Anthony, Wane Zurl and Matt Hilton.