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The Weekly Smile for the 18th of January, 2021 #weeklysmile

The Weekly Smile for the 18th of January, 2021 #weeklysmile

My smile is a little off kilter this time. I am starting to get my beta readers notes back. One of my readers, although I don’t know which blog they are from, has also volunteered and I hoped they received their invitation and beta copy. I had trouble sending them at first, but I think everyone has theirs by now according to Google.

The reason I say the smile is off kilter is that getting criticism, constructive or not, of your baby is hard. I am thankful for everyone who volunteered to read and review for me and I definitely wanted honest opinions and I don’t know why I am even mentioning this, because the very first one I got back has been raving about it. Yes there are some issues (the part it is hard to smile about), but she is emphatic on that it is a very good book and I need to publish it and she wants to do a review for me.

Now I have explained the issue with actually publishing it, whether traditional or Indie, due to the financials. I can’t make money or I might lose my government benefits since I don’t know what all the different limits are. If I lost even part of them I would be in dire financial straights and my medications needed to live, for example, insulin, are very expensive.

So I am between a rock and a hard place. I would to see my book published eventually, but now is not the time for sure. Maybe never. However, when I get my pension at the end of the year it might take me over some of my limits and then I will be scrambling to try and publish and hope it is as good as she seems to think it is. She is a published author herself which doesn’t mean a whole lot since Indie writers can publish anything they want LOL!

So I am smiling and hopefully not grimacing as I start making changes to my baby which I am now considering making a series if I can come up with the ideas. I love those small town series where you know all the characters, their houses and businesses, and they slowly start to die off since I am doing thrillers/mystery/suspense, etc.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

8 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 18th of January, 2021 #weeklysmile”

  1. Cool that you are getting some good feedback. Making too much money is something I personally don’t have to worry about – I get more likes on each story that I post on WP than sales on all of the books I have published combined. That is over the last five years. Nope, I won’t get rich 😉 But it is satisfying.

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    1. Yes and the satisfaction is what I will have to take rather than money. I really doubt I would make enough selling books to make up for everything I would lose. Just not worth it. The beta feedback is great though and that is satisfying as well.

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      1. You should check, just to be sure. It seems awfully harsh for them to take away everything if you earn one penny. I know for tax purposes, I can make a small amount on writing and call it a hobby, not income. There is a threshold that needs to be passed to call it “income”, and I haven’t come close 😉


      2. It is not so much the tax purposes I am worried about as the limits as to what I can earn for medicaid and other state help. My rent recert requires all income to be declared. Make money, it is kind of income. Kind of tricky subject.

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  2. I like series too, where you get to know several people, though the book is mainly about one, and then the next book is about another of the people you’d seen in the first book, etc. Good luck getting all that done!

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    1. Thank you Dawn! I have an idea for book 2 and yes it would be mainly about another character (s). I would have to introduce a few others though in order to keep the series going. I am not in any rush at this time. Book 1 still isn’t finished and ideas for 2 are slowly coming, but not sure if that is how I want to go.


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