It's been MONTHS since I posted here. I've been incredibly busy writing and editing my latest novel. Today when I finished editing the last paragraph (took about two hours for four sentences), I felt that feeling. The one I love so dearly. The feeling that keeps me going when I want to quit everything. The feeling of being a writer. There's something so deeply rewarding about spending months outlining, developing characters and plots, writing and re-writing (and re-writing) until you're finnnnnallllly ready to send your draft to that one friend who won't let you off the hook. It took months to get here, but this is what I live for. Writing.
These last few months, I've had to
re-engineer my perspective on the indie publishing business. I was
starting to lose my mind. All of my tried and true marketing tactics
just stopped working. And I kept banging up against a very stubborn
wall. Marketing is only fun when it's working. Right? It sucks when you
spend countless hours and money for very little return. So I decided to
take a step back. I stopped trying so hard. I know this is the EXACT
opposite of what smart marketing people practice, but man I feel SO much better. I
also stopped looking at my sales reports. Now when I get royalty
deposit it's like a sparkly gift from a friendly unicorn.
last book series I wanted to go the self-publishing route so I could
learn about the industry. But for this novel I'm going to send out query
letters. I hope I'll miraculously find a young adult agent who will
fall in love with my book (and me). Simple, right? Yeah, rejection
blows. But I want/need to try something different. Honestly, I have
nothing to lose.
When all else fails -- keep writing. It saves lives.
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