Monday, October 21, 2013



Sorry I've been away so long. I realize that makes it seem like cobwebs are developing in my corner of the world.

I can assure your that's not the case.

I've been away for a couple of reasons. I finally finished editing my book after a straight up three-month hurricane of revisions. I needed a break. Also I've been plotting. Tossing ideas around. Scheming. Weighing my options. Planning a secret war. And I'm pretty freakin stoked.

I began to consider a Kickstarter project for my book - To seek help funding the bare minimum to get this book into the world. And so I watched some educational videos, read some stats, looked at some successful (and not-so successful) Kickstarter videos... and I began to realize that I really, really, really want to self-publish.

This is not the time or place for me to go into depth as to why I've abruptly chosen to self-publish. It's not because of chaffingly horrendous querying stats. In fact I managed to send two whole queries this time. One got a form reject, the other a full request.

I'm looking toward the future. Of marketing, publishing, writing, creating, contributing.

Currently I'm researching expenses. Such as
 - Professional editing
 - Marketing
 - Artwork (tons of artwork)
 - Printing options (softcover, hardcover, electronicover, you name it)

But I'm also researching incentives. I have no intention of being a Kickstarter leech!

So that's where I am now. Energized by raw ambition. Ready to smash any brick wall that stands before me. Gleefully ignorant of all the pitfalls before me. Expending my resources to their utter bounds to learn all I can of this process.

And please know, whatever knowledge I gain along the way, I'll share with you.
Right here.
So that if I fail,
maybe you won't.
And if I succeed,
maybe you can, too.

Love you guys.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

IWSG Oct 2013

IWSG, brainchild of mister Alex J. Cavanaugh (click his name for deets), occurs once a month and exists for writers like me to voice their fears and concerns.
And now, brand new to the interwebs, the official site of the IWSG!!!
Stop by, join up, introduce yourself! I know most of the peeps responsible for the site and I expect good things for us writers!
Although the official unveiling just occurred, the site already has tons of links and resources for writers. Well done, Alex, J.L., Susan, Joylene, Michelle, L.Dianne, and Lynda!

This is a hard month for me as far as IWSG goes. I'm not feeling insecure at the moment.

My first book is done. And by that I mean it's 99.7% as far as I'll ever get it until some editor or test reader suggests changes.

So it's finally time to stop stalling and embrace project # 2 wholeheartedly. I'm feeling excited about it. The only issue I foresee is that my writing time recently took a hit. Time I used to spend writing, I'm now either working or keeping the boy Simon.

I'll need to re-establish a writing work ethic once more. It shouldn't be too hard. Once I fall into the pattern, distractions fall away quickly. I may end up with only half an hour a day to write but that's better than nothing. It just means it will take a little longer to finish projects.

Do you have distractions you must tear away like a band-aid that's overstayed its welcome? Are there set times you write or does it occur in larger sections, less frequently?