From the A to Z Challenge to Writing a Book
For my A to Z Blogging Challenge theme, I chose “quirky Texas” since I knew I could fill up a couple of alphabet’s worth describing all the quirky travel destinations and unusual history I find here in the Dallas – Fort Worth area.
What surprised me, however, was the strong response I got to these posts.
Comments from non-Texans were mainly along the lines of,
“I had no idea Texas was so fun and interesting. For the first time in my life, I actually want to visit that state.”
Comments from actual Texan residents (many of them born and bred) were mostly variations of,
“I’ve lived here all my life and had no idea about [insert quirky travel destination or bit of offbeat history here]. I will have to check that out.”
By the time May rolled around, I took a good hard look at my bookshelves and at how I have been spending my free time. Here’s what I realized: My shelves are packed with books about offbeat and overlooked Texas travel and history, and I spend most weekends exploring this fascinating state to see what interesting things I can find, photograph, research and write about.
Captain Obvious Steps In & Now I’m Self Publishing
It suddenly dawned on me, as though Captain Obvious himself were speaking to me from the magical world of ideas: Why wasn’t I writing my own book about quirky travel in Texas? Why wasn’t I writing the book I wished for when I first moved to the Dallas – Fort Worth area?
And so, my friends, I began writing just such a book!
Since May, I’ve gathered all my online and offline notes into a huge, messy file. I’ve been writing and researching and plotting and planning… which led to my second big decision:
I am going to self-publish my Texas travel book.
As you can see, I’ve got a rough draft for the cover at the top of this post. The title (as of now) is Unexpected Texas: Your Guide to Offbeat & Overlooked History, Day Trips & Fun Things to Do Near Dallas & Fort Worth.
As of now, my plan is to release the book in early March. *fingers crossed*
Weekly Self Publishing Updates
Once a week, I will do an update a la #ROW80 about my self-publishing journey and let you know how it is going. If you are considering self publishing, I hope to inspire you as well as let you learn from my triumphs and mistakes along the way.
Speaking of #ROW80 writing goals, how are things going with your writing life? Do you have any big plans for 2014?
Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in North Texas travel, cemetery symbols, and haunted lore. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!”
Snider’s best-selling books include Paranormal Texas , Understanding Cemetery Symbols, and 100 Things to Do in Dallas - Fort Worth Before You Die.