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Books, Letters

A Letter to My First Reader

Dear Reader,

In January 2020, Wounded Bride was self-published through FriesenPress. One eBook copy was sold in February, so whoever bought it is my first Reader. I want you to know that you were the first person in the whole wide world to take a chance on a book with no reviews; one that had only been out for four weeks or so. To you who purchased my newly-minted book, thank you. I may never know your name, but you will always have a special place in my heart and mind.

I know that there are a few more copies of my book out there, because I did a giveaway for Leap Day 2020.

Please let me know what you think of Wounded Bride by posting a review on the website or app where you got it.

Yours truly,

Hyacinth Grey

Books, Letters, Random, Short Stories, Writing Advice, Writing Analysis, Writing Process

Two Weeks

I’ve posted something each day for the last fourteen days. I find myself wanting to harmonize the spelling of “week” and “streak,” so instead of calling it a “too weak streak,” I’ll go with a “strong two-week streek.”

Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Indie April Why I Write What I’ve Learned The Choice – Part 1 The Choice – Part 2 The Choice – Part 3 The Choice – Part 4
The Choice – Part 5 The Choice – Part 6 My Writing Space and a Question for Readers Writing Advice – Dialog Attribution A Letter to the Pacific Ocean – Ocean and humans, / Pacific, no more conflict, / World without stories. Tempo The Dark Tide – Part 1
Books, Booksellers, NaNoWriMo, Writing Process

Indie April

This is the first Indie April for me as a new author. I have heard mixed opinions about self-publishing, and this blog post is an examination of some of them.

Is it hard work, or is it just vanity? You may have heard the term “vanity publishing,” meaning that anybody with money can have a book published. It is true that money is needed, and it’s also possible for anybody to publish a book. So depending on the Author, it could involve hard work, vanity, or both. Most Authors put their heart and soul into their books. This can be both a good and a bad thing. The writer knows the story or the topic, but often, they don’t see the big picture and don’t realize there are plot holes, typos, or other problems with the book. Hiring an Editor is a good way to fix those things, and many Authors do so.

There are also different reasons people have for publishing a book. Some may want to do so as a project with their kids, and I think this is a great educational project. If you’d like more information for young writers, please visit

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

. I’m also working on a children’s book and a website for young readers. Please visit

Hyacinth Grey’s Books for Young Readers (


Another reason people self-publish is to see their name on a book. Call it vanity, call it a dream come true, or call it good news because books written in “vanity” might turn out to be great reads!

No matter how you’re published, you still need to do the hard work of writing. Yes, you pay an Editor to edit your work, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to do any more work. Sure, you could accept all of the changes without even reading through your manuscript, but Editors are human beings, and they could have misunderstood something you wrote, asked a question in their comments that you might want to answer by rewriting part of a chapter, or they might have made a typo.

No matter what their reasons are for publishing a book, almost all Authors engage in hard work at every step of the publication process. Furthermore, hard work and vanity are not mutually exclusive.

Many Authors write because they love to do so. Writing a book can be great fun, and even though it is also work, it’s rewarding, and I think that very few people write for money alone. It’s not the easiest thing in the world, and it takes patience and practice, just like any other skill. The first song you played on the guitar probably sounded about as good as the first short story you wrote; hesitant, with a lot of pauses and some strange notes, but it was your first, and it started you down the road to playing that song that had your audience sellbound, or that book that won several literary awards. Yes, there may be people who publish that first draft of their first story and then, once they’re holding a copy of it in their hands, never write another word, but they may find they enjoy writing. It may also be that that one story was the one they needed to tell, even if it may not be considered the best or even good, it was a personal experience that person needed to have. Readers have a choice to buy the book or not, and because anybody can publish a book, it means there’s always going to be something good for everyone.

If you’re thinking about writing a book, pick up a pen and some paper, or open a blank document. No matter what your reasons are for wanting to do so, today is the day, whatever the hour, now is the moment.

Once you finish it, I recommend



Please support me and other Indie Authors this month and throughout the year, by visiting the

FriesenPress Online Bookstore

. My book,

Wounded Bride

, is available in Paperback, Hardcover, and eBook editions. There is also a Teaser Trailer video, and you can find it here on




GiveAway – Ten Apple Books / iBooks gift codes to get Wounded Bride

Cover image of Wounded Bride by Hyacinth Grey

It starts on:

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific.

Entries close on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific.

All you need to enter is to go on Twitter and retweet something about this giveaway.

One entry per Twitter account, but multiple retweets are fine.

Following me is not required, but if you’d like to, I’m @grey_hyacinth there.

Winners will be announced on Twitter some time after 3:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, February 29, 2020. You don’t need to be online to win, but you need to have direct messages (DMs) enabled as that is how I will send winners the codes. The codes work in United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. The code will expire after about twenty-eight days but the book will not. Reviews are appreciated but not required.

I will use a random number generator app to draw ten (10) winners. The codes only work in Apple Books / iBooks. Because this is a manual process, it is subject to my error. I also do not provide customer service or technical support for Twitter or Apple Books / iBooks.