the not waiting for someone else to decide when to release my book - meet author and teacher, rita h. rowe
Never the Moon is a moving and emotionally charged contemporary romance about overcoming abuse and finding a second chance at love.
Why did you decide to self-publish? Did you have any doubts?
I think it was just about impatience at the beginning, the waiting for a response, knowing it was unlikely to be favorable anyway. My mother calls me a go-getter, and I never thought that was a good thing, but I didn’t want to leave my fate in the hands of the gods of publishing, so off I went and did it myself. There were and are plenty of doubts, constantly gnawing away at me sometimes taking away every creative instinct I have. The what if I ruin this, sully my name? But in the end, I always come back to that saying – the biggest regrets are not for the things you did, but for the things you didn’t.
What did you like best?
The freedom to do everything at my own pace, the not waiting for someone else to decide when to release my book. My first book was published with a hybrid publisher, and it was mostly on their terms. Another has been accepted by a small publisher, and it’s taking so long, I can barely remember what the book was about as I have written and published two others in that time.
What was the hardest part?
Definitely the marketing part. Three years later and I still haven’t gotten the hang of it, and I’m still learning. Sometimes formatting plays with my head but it’s almost a challenge and I like a challenge.
Would you do it again?
Oh yes! I find it hard to think about a bunch of manuscripts filed away in my bookshelf, so as hard as it was to put myself out there, almost invite criticism, I wouldn’t change a thing – then again, perhaps I should have taken marketing a little more seriously from the outset.
What advice do you have for authors just starting?
Sometimes I want to throw it all in, I just get overwhelmed, and the demons of doubt tell me I’m never going to be good enough to mix it with the Stephen Kings and the Colleen Hoovers, but when it comes down to it, I do this because I’m in love with it, everything about it. If you love your craft, just keep doing what you’re doing.
Rita H Rowe's journey into writing began as a lifelong dream that she was finally able to pursue at the age of forty-seven, resulting in her first novel, Never the Moon. Rita pours her heart and soul into her writing, incorporating her personal experiences with love, romance, hurt, and abuse. To Rita, writing is both a form of therapy and a way to connect with like-minded readers on a deeper level. When she isn’t writing, Rita enjoys playing pool, painting, going on motorbike rides, and spending time with her children and mother.
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