I find many authors are suffering from what I call Submit -Query- Fatigue

In the middle of this pandemic, I find many authors are suffering from what I call Submit Query Fatigue. This means being sick of the many loops they must jump through in order to submit a query, get a review, or in general, get their book read. This doesn’t include the stress of looking for an agent or seeking a traditional publishing contract. Everywhere I turn, I find another writer is throwing in the towel or closing up the shop.

Around June 2020, I started noticing a sweeping change. I know that it’s impossible to keep up with the same literary output as before when life itself hangs in balance. When there’s still so much uncertainty surrounding this pandemic. That’s completely understandable.

I begin noticing less and less free books being offered. That was the first indication the authors were growing fatigue and weary of all the requirements. Then I started to noticed there were less inquiries received for reviews. That was an indication they were giving up in the impossible quest to get reviews.

Finally, many independent authors have had to quit writing altogether in order to support themselves and their families.

Before the pandemic hit, I suspected this would be eventually become the case when I at first heard other authors talking about the decline of book sales that begin around 2016.

Personally, I think the Indie and Small Press industry has been nick-picked to death by those who have another agenda or don’t know what they are talking about. Everyone has an opinion in how things should be written, run, and distributed. And has the audacity to treat writers as if they do not know what’s best for their book.

Most independent authors didn’t start writing because they thought they would make gobs of money. I find that most writes for fun. They write to express themselves and most times it has nothing to do with any psychological issue the author is having.

Recently, there’s been far too much monetization of every single aspect of the writing agenda.

Monetizing of every single thing killed sales. Some things needed to have been left the way they were. If something isn’t broke, then don’t fix it. Newer, doesn’t necessarily means better.

In the business world, some things have to be done for free in order to make money. If every single thing is monetized then that cuts out a lot independent authors from making money to spend on the necessities of like promoting books, of editing books, and other thing they perhaps would spend money on.

In trade, barter (derived from baretor) is a system of exchange where participants in a transaction directly exchange goods or services for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money.

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Where the public loses out in these authors leaving the writing agenda is that things will eventually revert back to the days when you only had to read whatever a big publishing company thought you should want to read. Read it or nothing at all. The vast variety of literary works will be gone. I don’t know about anyone else, but I do not want to go back to those days.

I know it may sound like I’m complaining, but in truth, I’m not. I simply hate to see so many wonderful writers stop writing when they have so much to offer.

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The Donkey Who Carried a King

I know its an Easter story but I think it’s a Christmas story too. For a donkey carried the King to Bethlehem and then on to Egypt and back to Nazareth.

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A Big Book Worth The Read

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How Can You Tell if Your Idea is Worth Writing? By Janice Hardy

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By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Every time I debate what idea to write next, I go through a bit of an evaluation process. Is this idea good enough to spend time with? Will anyone but me like it? Is it sellable? Should I bother with it?

Writing a novel is a commitment, and before I commit to the next six months to a year of my life (or more for those hard-to-write books), I want to be sure that I have the right book.

Not that I ever can be 100% sure, of course. No one can, but I do my best to look at all the angles and possibilities and make the best judge if this idea is worth my time to write it.

Sometimes I get a yes, others a no. I have ideas I love, but I know I’m not ready to write them yet and I’m still looking for a missing piece to make it work. Some ideas are good to go, but they explore a subject matter that’s been done to death and I don’t feel it’s the best time for that story to thrive.

And then there’s the idea that gets me jazzed to write and I can’t wait to dive in.

If you’re facing this dilemma, here are some of the questions I use when evaluating an idea:


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Meeting Sam- This book contains a significant Christmas scene in it.

I’m not going to tell what’s happening in the scene but it does have two holidays where is behaving himself.


For those accustomed to the traditional Black Friday was an unprecedented adjustment. There wasn’t the usual shopping crowd out in my town. I’m happy everyone played it safe.

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A Strong Woman Understands

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For all the ladies to remember and men to understand

I hope you don’t mind the reblog. This is a beautiful poem.

Phoenix Rainez

When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day…….
An angel came by and asked.” Why spend so much time on her?”
The lord answered. “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?”
She must function on all kinds of situations,
She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time,
Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart,
She must do all this with only two hands,”She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day”
THE ANGEL was impressed “Just two hands…..impossible!
And this is the standard model?”
The Angel came closer and touched the woman
“But you have made her so soft, Lord”.
“She is soft”, said the Lord,
“But I have made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.”
“Can she think?” The…

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Mud and Gold (Promises to Keep: Book 2) by Shayne Parkinson

There’s a large free read of this book. It caught my attention because I had never read a book set in 1880’s New Zealand before.


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Bea’s Thanksgiving : The Adventures of Bea Book 2 Volume 1 (The Adventures of Bea)

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