I can’t believe it’s been five years! You know they say for a 5th anniversary you’re supposed to buy wood but the only thing I can think of that a writer would want that’s wooden is maybe a pencil? Okay, how about a paperweight? Hey, you know paper is technically made from trees, imagine it, I can be the Oprah of loose leaf paper…
Call me crazy but I don’t see anyone getting excited over paper products. As you see, tradition isn’t very helpful when it comes to a fifth anniversary. However instead of going on about how lame these gift traditions are, I’d rather explain why we decided to do this blog in the first place…
Once upon a time, a group of authors got together and decided form a collective blog where we shared book excerpts, writing tips, or just plain ranted. Today, with over 1,100 posts, we’ve surprised even ourselves by the amount of work we’ve done and I can only speak for myself but I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished here. If it weren’t for this blog, I wouldn’t have started, let alone finished my romance novel, Fedelta.
This blog keeps me accountable, it forced me to take my career seriously. It also keeps me surrounded by other authors who are also pursuing their dream and that’s infectious.
As I look back on the last five years, I noticed that many of the authors that started out with us are no longer around. Some had health problems or money issues, while one of us actually died! It’s been quite the journey nonetheless and the fact that we’re still here, and still writing, tells you about our determination. This isn’t our hobby, we’re serious!
Anyway, enough of my babbling, I wanted to showcase the works of our authors here and hope you take the time to pick up one of our books. Just click on the graphics, and it will take you to that author’s Amazon page.
Dellani Oakes Author of Sci-Fi & Romance:
J.D. Holiday: Author of Children’s Books & Short Stories:
Karen Vaughan: Author of Cozy Mysteries:
Amanda M. Thrasher: Author of YA & Children’s Books:
Ruth Davis Hays Author of Fantasy Novels:
Rachel Rueben: Author of Romance & YA
Stephanie Osborn: Author of Sci-Fi & Mystery Novels:
I guess the moral to this story is, to always surround yourself with people who are doing the thing you want to do. Despite what the naysayers tell you, you can succeed at a career in publishing. It just takes time and dedication. A few years ago, there was a TED Talk concerning the subject of grit and how success is usually determined not by intelligence or talent, but by grit. Grit is often defined as determination and/or resolve. After seeing that video, this blog immediately came to mind, because I can say without a doubt, that the Cereal Authors are some of the grittiest authors you will ever meet and I mean that with all the love in the world. ❤
Anyways, happy anniversary guys, it’s been a privilege to know you all and to be part of this blog. And here’s to the next chapter of our journey…
Most of the images in this post are courtesy of Pixabay