Today’s post is for several memes – My Indie Soap Box Files, ROW80, and Indie Life. This indie life I’m leading is a busy one, and sometimes feels as though no matter him hard I push myself forwards, I seem to remain in the same place. Ever wanted to quit only to come through the other end smiling …and sighing?
* If you’re only here about ROW80 goals, skip and lurch toward the end of the post. 🙂
Starting January 2013, the Indelibles will be hosting a monthly feature called INDIE LIFE. Modeled after Alex Cavanaugh’s awesome Insecure Writer’s Group, this will be a chance for indie authors to post about indie life, find each other, offer support, encouragement, news, helpful hints, and anything else that makes life as an indie author a little easier.
What is Indie Life?
How: Sign up on the Linky at the bottom of this page
When: Post on the second Wednesday of the month (starting 1/9/2013)
What: Write anything indie related: something that will inspire or help a fellow indie; something that celebrates a release or a milestone; something that talks about the ups and downs, joys and heartaches of Being Indie.
Grab: The banner above to include in your posts!
Because being Indie doesn’t have to mean going it alone.
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Welcome back Indelibles.
Sometimes we do things because we want to. We run or sing or write or dance or laugh or read for the love of reading or tickle our children or play catch with our dogs. Other times we do what we must. We work or drive or read text books or clean or re-write or self-publish or edit or market our books or format one file after another or spend ours searching for the latest information to aid in our indie author success!
Mostly, hopefully, we achieve a balance of both what we want and what we need to do, measured over time – largely thanks to the law of averages, perhaps. But sometimes the balance can seem decidedly off.
Lately, life has rudely trampled all over my plans to re-write and edit my WIP – book two of The Supes Series: Finding Luna – with over three months worth of house guests. I’ve already moaned about all that, so you’re saved from such torture here today. Instead, I want to give a brief outline of what I’ve done to enable my indie life, despite not having the peace or concentration required to work on my actual manuscript – the most important job of being an author (ahead of publicist, designer, formatter, marketing manager, blogger, social media guru and publisher).
I’ll do so in a merger with my ROW80 updates (awfully sorry I’ve missed so many of these over the past month by the way!)
My ROW80 updates 🙂
Shah the Willing Writer
I printed off my MS and hope to take it away with me to work on while I’m flying out to UK Friday (for 10 days).
Shah the Marketing Wizz
Nothing specific here actually.
Shah the Imperfect Publisher
Tried to sort out the tax issue by calling them and requesting an EIN number. I had all the forms filled in, the answers to their questions ready and waiting and then I built myself up to use SKYPE (hate phone and SKYPE calls). Time differences meant no one answered! Grr. Have decided to complete this as a matter of urgency on my return from UK.
I have tried out Uncovered Books and signed up to use PressBooks for formatting. I heard of them today on G+ – I get so many great things from there lately. I’m still with Smashwords/D2D/Amazon, but have been trying to get my print ready file perfect and formatted, and the paperback book cover designed. (Design blog deleted since March 2015 by Shah Wharton) and I’m very happy with it. Click the link and let me know if you like it. 🙂
Shah the Pro Blogger.
BIG NEWS!! I changed the blog theme and had to redesign it to fit nicely. Do you like it? I thought the previous Scribble theme a little too dark and the font appeared more and more cluttered and annoying after a while. This one is fresher and cleaner and is called Decor for the Genesis framework. I get bored of themes so quickly though… See how long it lasts.
I posted Stranger Will by Caleb J. Ross – My Book Review, and the following posts:
- I’VE BEEN (A BIT) DYSFUNCTIONAL LATELY, BUT LOOK AT MY SHINY NEW PAPERBACK COVER – #IWSG #ISBF
- 6 SIMPLE AND HIGHLY EFFECTIVE WRITING TIPS FOR AVID AUTHORS WHO BLOG
- THE FUTURE OF INDEPENDENT #PUBLISHING BY DAN O’BRIEN: AN #INDIE SOAP BOX FILE
At Shah’s Scribbles I posted:
At PHOTOGRAPHY & COVERS (new title and blog theme) I posted”
Shah the Ready Reader
I finished and reviewed Stranger Will by Caleb J. Ross. I completed Katie Salidas Immortalis Carpe Noctem (Immortalis Vampire Series #1). I have several other to read for review ready to go and as always, hundreds to read for fun or on craft. Look out for more reviews scheduled to go up while I’m away.
Shah the Fitness Superhero (or not!)
I’m waiting till I return from my birthday break in UK. There will be partying and excesses I refuse to feel guilty about. I do eat mostly lightweight meals consisting or fish and veg, protein and a smaller portion of carbs. I’m thrilled to have discovered green tea with lemon, to which I add a little honey. Much healthier than my usual many cups of tea and coffee. I’ve been waking up without headaches for the first time since … well, I can’t remember. Yep, since that long ago! Happy days. Hydration, here I come!
When we return, we’re bringing the hubs friends (a couple) out with us, who will stay with us for around 10 days – they came last year and enjoyed it enough to want to return. They’re lovely peeps, but I’m beyond burned out with sharing my home to be honest. I will hopefully be a little rejuvenated by then, though.
* I need to stop faffing about with doing anything other than writing/working on my MS. It’s good to use time efficiently in other areas, and as an indie, there are all too many of those, especially if I can’t use my time as I’d prefer. But enough is enough – it cannot persist!
How do you function when life says, “Nope! Not today luv!?”
How do you cope with your indie life?
Please click the link to find fabulous #Row80 participants HERE
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