Christine is not only an author, she’s an artist and an independent filmmaker, with two films under her belt. Her first film had its theatrical premiere in Paris. You can check out her creds on IMDb.
If Ethan’s not writing, you can probably find him with a book in one hand and a hammer in the other, since he’s a carpenter by trade.
Both Ethan and Christine love to travel. And they are definitely traveling around promoting Rowan of the Wood. Check out their wheels, which they call the Geekalicious Gypsy Caravan.
Ethan’s doing the post today, but Christine will also be available to answer questions.
Welcome Ethan and Christine.
Writing as a Career
by Ethan Rose
by Ethan Rose
Ever since my days as an incorrigible fourth grade troublemaker, I knew that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. If I couldn’t manage it, before. I even asked for a typewriter for Christmas, so I could produce submission-quality manuscripts. What I received was a Playschool machine which, though it actually put letters on paper, only had upper case capabilities. It did seem to produce a more dramatic product but was not what I was looking for.
I wanted to be published.
It wasn’t so much the fame and fortune, or even being the babe-magnet that authors tend to be, it was simply my inevitable fate. I read books. If asked for a single defining aspect for me, anyone who knew me would say without hesitation that I was a reader. It was what I was known for. Writing for me, and I assume for others with a similar affliction, is an extension of reading. It is the next step, a higher literary plane of existence where an anti-social behavior becomes socially relevant.
Little did I know at the time that being a writer is a lot like being an actor. For every movie star there are thousands of actors waiting tables. In the same way, when people hear “writer,” the image often conjured up is of a starving recluse scribbling away in a garret while piling up mountains of words that no one wants to read except a few pompous academic esotericists.
On the other hand, there are writers like Stephen King and Stephanie Meyer who could sell anything with their name on it, regardless of quality. The question is how does one get from the garret to the bestseller list? What is the secret to writing success?
Well, I would tell you, but that would allow you to compete with me more effectively. Besides if there is a secret, I don’t know it. What I do see as necessary is a combination of hard work, endless hours of marketing, luck, skill, determination, and visibility.
Luck is really the awareness to seize upon opportunities which present themselves. Determination and hard work are what create those opportunities. Skill is a writer’s craft, the voice of the manuscript. This is what will make a reader seek out more of an author’s work. Visibility is what will make an author famous.
So write well, be visible, work hard and you might get lucky enough to make a living.
What a wonderful career.
Thank you so much, Ethan.
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Before I open the comments box, I’d like to suggest that everyone go buy Rowan of the Wood. It’s available on Amazon and via Kindle. And you can definitely find it at Barnes & Noble, since Christine and Ethan were February’s Authors of the Month in all the Austin-area Barnes & Nobles. And if you’re not already following them on Twitter, do that!
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