“Friends helping friends isn’t the same as taking advantage.” Maggie’s eyes sparked, and Cam knew she was still upset with him for canceling the meeting she’d arranged for him with her son, a scout for the Colorado Avalanche.
The above passage is from my upcoming novel, Faceoff of the Heart.
I, like Cam, suffer from the fear of taking advantage of my friends. I've always been afraid to ask people for help because I believe they're going to be annoyed with me.
I know how busy everyone is with their own obligations and projects. I feel guilty to ask them to add something to their crazy schedule for me.
I'm trying to ask for help when I need it. I hope people will tell me if they don't have time to help me, but I've realized it's not my place to decide what a person can fit into their schedule. It's their responsibility to know when to say, "No."
I'm so happy to have found BestsellerBound and become a member of their community. It truly is a great bunch of people, who are always willing to answer my questions and provide guidance to me on this journey of writing.
Self-publishing can be scary, but I'm confident that my friends from BSB will never steer me awry. And I can do this, as long as I remember that it's okay to ask for help.
Now for the fun stuff :)
BestsellerBound.com is a wonderful community of indie authors. Created by Darcia Helle in the late summer of 2010, and featuring resident authors, Maria Savva and Stacy Juba, the community has grown and now boasts over 500 members. Quite a few of the members are active on the forum. The group wanted to celebrate one thing that has kept them all going over the past two years: friendship. Many friendships have been formed on the board. In fact, one of the most common things our members say is that BestsellerBound is the friendliest group of writers they have found. We pride ourselves on that.
To celebrate not only a successful 2 years as a popular indie writer forum, but also the friendships we have made on the board, a few of the regular members have organised a blog hop. The theme for this blog hop is of course, Friendship. If you follow the tour, you can read blogs by each of the participating authors based on the theme of friendship. Some of the authors will be writing about fictional friendships in their novels, others will be writing about real friendships. We are sure it will be an interesting and varied blog hop. We are also offering a big prize! One lucky winner will win the following prizes:
Secrets by Darcia Helle (Print) Haunted by Maria (Print) Harmony's Passing by Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick (Print) Belkin Mod Standing Cover for Kindle Fire Sink or Swim by Stacy Juba (ebook) Alaskan Healing by Lana Voynich (ebook) Nexus Point by Jaleta Clegg (ebook)
** This is a tour-wide giveaway, so you can enter from any one of the blogs. Use the Rafflecopter form and follow the instructions for multiple entries. Each author has included a simple question as a way for you to earn bonus entries. The answers can be found within that author?s friendship blog post. You can answer all the questions on one form, or answer from the form on each author?s blog.
This giveaway is open to everyone 16 and older, everywhere in the world. Enter between Monday, November 12 and midnight, EST on Monday, November 26. **
Check out the following blogs, for some wonderful stories about friendship, and to find the answers to the bonus questions on the Rafflecopter form!
BestsellerBound Recommends A Word Please - Darcia Helle The Far Edge of Normal - Jaleta Clegg Maria's Goodreads Blog - Maria Savva The Tale's The Thing - Joel Kirkpatrick Stacy Juba's One Stop Reading - Stacy Juba Scribblings from my mind - Lana Voynich