These are my memes for today: Crazy Writing Goals & Celebrate the Small Things. I’m wondering whether indie publishing is the way forward, if I have no investment for the many things one needs to invest in as an author/publisher. And celebrating a little further down… come and join the discussion.
Well, my longterm goal is to have my trilogy written and published by the end of 2014!
Question: So what have I been up to this past month?
Answer: Not a fat lot!
I hired another editor
Book one still isn’t right. Yes, I’m on the verge of being obsessed with this now 🙁 Still, I seized control and blew the budget (of zero) to hire an editor. This will be this novel’s second hired editor (although there have been many beta readers and critique partners in between the two).
I’m hoping to shed stuff, curb stuff, restructure stuff, and finally feel a little happier with it. I CANNOT move forward otherwise. Book two will only run smooth if the set up is a good enough foundation.
As Author / Publisher, I made a business plan!
I need investment to make this business (like any new business) work, and to make all my writing efforts worthy of anyone’s attention. I don’t have it.
I’ve figured out how to format for electronic and print books, and learned how to make a decent book cover – money saving skills – but I still need editors. I simply cannot do without. Some author/publishers have told me that as long as the book’s been written using critique partners and had the gracious favour of beta readers, it shouldn’t need a professional editor, too. But that’s not true in my experience, or the general consensus.
I’ve even seriously considered dropping the whole going pro deal and sticking to writing for myself. I’m still wavering somewhere in between. To avoid this, I’m also considering (once completed) trying for a small publisher to take on the many jobs of a publisher. Of course, that’s not to say anyone will want to take it (or me) on. Can I tolerate many rejections? Do I have a choice? Well, I once thought so, and I would have a choice with investment.
So, what is next?
Quit whining. Improve on what I have with the editor’s suggestions. Research a few publishers and submit, I guess. I’m scared! Meanwhile, get on with the revisions of book two and attempt to gather resources.
I’ve begun offering a few services on Elance.com, so we’ll see if I can earn some of those resources. You never know. 🙂
How are the rest of you doing on your mega goals? Have you had issues with financing your dreams?
Have you tried the traditional model and found it good (or lacking?) And suggestions for a small publisher for me to submit to (dark fantasy / spec-fic)? 🙂 Any other advice you would like to offer?
Today I’m celebrating finding a little focus with regards to writing. I’ve been stuck in the fog for a while now and the relief is huge!
Happy Celebrations to you all!