Rejection letters are par for the course in the writing game.  I can’t think of very many writers who never received one, but they still hurt.  This latest rejection letter has me in a conundrum, though.

To Self-Publish or Not to Self-Publish?

I just received my first such letter for the Theodore Erickson book.  That makes me sad in and of itself, but it also told me that they will not publish anything that has a piece of something that has been published before.  The first chapter is the short story that was published, more or less.  So, what do I do?  I was looking around and it seems that is the case with most publishers.

This leaves me with a couple of options: to try to convince the Neoglyphics people to publish the larger series or to just do it myself through Book Baby or Amazon or something.  Have I explained how much the idea of self-publishing terrifies me?  If I self-published, I would be responsible for advertising my books, convincing people to sell them, etc- not to mention the costs up front of doing those things.  Forgive me as I try to dispel the icy bubble of terror that has solidified in my stomach.

I’ve had quite a bit more interest in the Theodore Erickson story than I could have ever anticipated, so I really want to get the first book out there, at least.  If I do that, I will publish the entire series because that is how I roll.  Still working on book #2, but it is pretty exciting stuff for me.  Fun to write- I very much have the opportunity to do whatever I want with great joy in these worlds.

If you all have any input, I would welcome it, because I just don’t know.  Self-publishing feels, more-or-less, like I would be creeping up to a publishing cliff and flinging myself off, desperately hoping that my jet pack works as well as I want it to.  Tweet me @S_A_Rohrbaugh or message me through the site.

Book Corner

Remember that book I was finishing last time?  I finished it (a while ago, honestly, but life has acquired a pace I could have never anticipated since).  Everyone needs to read this book, as soon as freaking possible.  What is it?  “The Parable of the Sower” by Octavia E. Butler.

This book is everything to me right now.  It is scarily realistic in its depiction of the very near future: huge inflation, a drug epidemic and neighborhoods forced to protect themselves because capitalism has eroded formerly public services…sound familiar?  The issues it deals with are so incredibly pertinent to what we are dealing with today.

However, at the core of the story are people who find a way to adapt no matter what.  They learn to trust each other despite everything going on around them.  It is a rather hopeful story in the midst of horrific circumstance.  Don’t get me wrong, it is as dystopian as it gets, so if that is not your thing, you might not be interested.  However, it is one of the best books I have read in a long time.

If you prefer lighter fare- I also finished a historical fiction/romance book that was pretty good- “Mistress Shakespeare” by Karen Harper.  It didn’t impact me the way that “The Parable of the Sower” did, but it blew my mind a little.  Did you know that William Shakespeare married two Annes?  Yeah, read that.  Very interesting.

There are really great female protagonists in both books, by the way.  They are real people in every sense of the word- hard to find books that do such a good job, so I recommend both, even if I have a slight preference for Ms. Butler’s work.

That’s All Folks

Well, I think that’s about everything reading and writing-wise for the moment.  I am working on Ava Hill, too, but I am dong about a million other things as well.  Never has my brain been pulled in so many different places at once.  I will try to get Ava up for you guys soon.

Remember to be kind to each other and keep reading.  Wishing you very well until the next time!


Happy New Year!


So, it has been forever since I have updated this, but you know- holidays and stuff.  I had a really nice Winter Break with the family and my house isn’t completely trashed.  Win-win.

Resolutions and Such

So, this is the time of year when many people are determined to do a thing (or many things): lose weight, time manage better, achieve a specific career or family goal, etc.  I am on that boat and not.  I started my health “resolution” on Christmas and so far have been successful.  Fingers crossed I keep that momentum.  I also encourage reading resolutions, whether it be to expand your genre selection or to read more books.  I tried for one a week last year and this year have upped it to 80 for the year, which is not quite two books a week.  We’ll see what happens.

Perhaps the larger resolution I have is to keep plugging away at this writing thing and see if I can make something come of itSo, there will be regular writing happening this year, but more importantly there will be a lot of efforts to send the Theodore Erickson book out to see if I can get it published.  It will be a lot of waiting and seeing, but fingers crossed I can get a book out for the overwhelming (to me) number of people who have personally messaged me or approached me in the street to ask about it.  I am excited to get chugging away at that and have great hope that I will be successful.  Who knows?  Self publishing is an option if all else fails.

Out of curiosity, how many people would be interested in short stories regarding the Theodore Erickson world being published on this website?  I feel bad making you all wait for the book.  In all likelihood, the short stories wouldn’t have much to do with the book that I am trying to sell, but would give more backstory to some characters.

Anyway, whatever your resolution is, I hope that you have great success this year.  However, I am a bigger fan of not making resolutions and just having specific goals to fulfill on your particular path in life.  Remember, it doesn’t need to be January 1st to try to be a better you, you can make that choice every day- every new moment.  You are only as stuck as you let you be.  (I think Oprah said something like that at one time and I have held onto it).

Neoverse Anthology News

In anthology news, I still have part of a box of books left at home, but I am going to have to mail it back really soon, so let me know if you want one.  $12 if I can hand it off to you personally, $13 if it needs to be mailed (comparable to the presale pricing of the book).  By the end of this month I will have to send whatever I have left back, so let me know ASAP.  You can message me through the blog OR you can private tweet me @S_A_Rohrbaugh.

Rogue One

Okay, now that part is over and I can talk about Star Wars.  My inner nerd is showing, sorry, but if you have not seen that movie you definitely should.  I ALMOST like it better than movies in the original trilogy.  Good stuff.  Certainly the best of the prequels and on par with “The Force Awakens” in my book.  It fills a lot of plot holes that bothered me about the initial trilogy and it makes the Rebellion look like a real organization.  It shows just how much they sacrificed.  It is actually one of the better movies I have seen all year.  Future Star Wars movies are going to have a lot to live up to.

Well, I think that’s all for now, folks.  I hope your 2017 is amazing.  Keep reading!