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Hurdles

Hurdles

So after just posting the question of whether or not I should upload my books to other formats before or after I’ve gotten some editing done there are two blog posts by authors I respect saying get your work on everything possible as soon as possible. So right now I am reading up on how to upload to Kobo and Barnes and Noble (pubit!). My husband uploads apps to Apple for a living so I’m going to see if he can look into that for me. I seriously doubt if I will get this done by the end of the month, there is just too much going on in my non-writing life to be able to get done all that I want to and need to with my writing. One thing’s for sure I won’t be able to afford edits on Stolen Memories until February at the earliest. I want to get the edits back from AB Chronicles before I set up a time for SM to be edited. It might come down to getting edits done on Book 2 before I can get professional edits done on SM, maybe I can read through it again and catch some things that I’ve missed. Publishing is an expensive hobby/career.

When I think back to just six months ago I’ve learned so much about publishing. I use to think that writing was the hard part, if I could only finish writing a book doing everything else would be a breeze. It’s amazing how much I didn’t know. I was sure I knew what I was doing dreaming about becoming a successful author. I knew nothing. At least it gives me something to laugh at while I try to figure out my cover art and how I should word my mailing list sign up sheet.

I’ve never thought of myself as someone who jumps into something blindly, we studied cars for well over a year and spent several weekends test driving before we finally made a decision. When we moved to a different apartment we started looking 6 months before we could even give notice on our lease, I had an excel spreadsheet with all the information about each apartment we’d been to. Occasionally we will make quick decisions, but that’s life, sometimes you have no choice in the matter. With publishing it was something I had wanted to do for years, but when I felt traditional was my only option I didn’t put forth much effort. I wrote down ideas and started plenty of things, but I never finished any of them because it seemed so hopeless. When I started hearing more and more about how popular Indie publishing was becoming and how eReader’s were making an audience available that hadn’t been before it all of a sudden became an obtainable dream. It was no longer on the level of winning the lottery. I would be able to publish, I may not sell anything, but it would still be out there for people to find.

When I started writing I chose a genre that I had read a lot in and I thought I could do well with. Halfway through I started looking into what else exactly I needed before I could publish. There was cover art, formatting, social media, website, editing, so many things that I had never given much thought to, some I wasn’t even aware of. Finishing something was supposed to be the only hurdle and it turned out to just be the first in a long line. Here I am 3 months after publishing SM and I’m still working on it, still have plans for it. Maybe everyone who goes into self-publishing isn’t as unprepared as I was, but just in case know that you are not alone.

Thanksgiving Three

Last week I decided to post a list of the three things I loved that week. Well now that I’ve made that decision I’m going to change it. For one week only!

This week I am going to post the three things I’m most thankful for in honor of America’s Thanksgiving Day. Some people might have noticed on Facebook earlier this month that people were posting one thing a day they were thankful for. For me most of those people are no longer posting so for those out there that have kept it up the entire month, kudos to you. I did not do this. Not because I’m not thankful for things, because I am. But because I don’t normally get all mushy on the internet. Sometimes, but when I do it’s normally something like:

“Oh my god everyone you have to go see Expendables 2. It was amazing and I love it so much. I need everyone to go see it and share in my love for the awesome that was the Expendables 2.”

That might actually have been a post on my Facebook. Anyway, I am not going to get mushy on here either. It’s too easy for me to do. I love my family and I am incredibly thankful for how much they’ve done for me and the way they raised me and the way they love me and just everything about them. I could dedicate an entire series of posts to each member of my family telling you how awesome they are and how much I love them. But that would be boring for people to read and I would probably end up over sharing and get my wonderful amazing family pissed off at me.

No mushy.

On the other hand I don’t want to be flip about what I post because a lot of people consider saying what you’re thankful for to be serious business. That is the same reason why when everyone started posting what they were thankful for on Facebook I didn’t start posting silly stuff like, I’m thankful for the ability to eat desert before dinner because I’m an adult and no longer live at home; or I’m thankful for the knowledge of how to drive correctly, the world would be a wonderful place if everyone else shared my knowledge. I was tempted but I resisted and I will not do that one here.

No silly.

Without silly or mushy I really don’t know what to post. I guess I’ll have to be really general and generic which kind of sucks and pretty much defeats the purpose of posting three things I’m thankful for on Thanksgiving day. I don’t like being generic or general, I like over sharing and being specific; but I can’t appear weak on the internet or I will eaten and I don’t want to appear too silly or I will never be taken seriously so I guess I will have to be general and generic.

I’m thankful for the weather, religion, and politics.

Vengeful Neurotic

I’ve never really tried to define who I am as a person, it always seemed to vary depending on my mood. I read recently that your twenties are supposed to be when you figure out who you are, or at least who you want to be. I know what I would love to be, a successful, reclusive, author. What am I currently though?

Have you ever played Zelda? Whenever Link finds something that you need he turns to the screen and holds whatever it is up and fanfare plays. I’ve felt that way recently when I realized certain words described a part of me perfectly, no matter what mood I’m in. It was almost like there was an audible click and I couldn’t understand why I had never realized those words fit me so perfectly. So far it’s only happened twice and the words are probably not what anyone would want to be described as, but they fit like a tailor-made glove. Should I try to change so they no longer fit? Can I change parts of me that, at least I feel like, have been with me forever? Do I even want to try?

Neurotic– of, relating to, constituting, or affected with neurosis

Neurosis– a mental and emotional disorder that affects only part of the personality, is accompanied by a less                distorted perception of reality than in a psychosis, does not result in disturbance of the use of language, and is accompanied by various physical,   physiological, and mental disturbances

Symptoms (according to Wikipedia): …anxiety, sadness or depression, anger, irritability, mental confusion, low sense of self-worth, etc., behavioral symptoms such as phobic avoidance, vigilance, impulsive and compulsive acts, lethargy, etc., cognitive problems such as unpleasant or disturbing thoughts, repetition of thoughts and obsession, habitual fantasizing, negativity and cynicism, etc. Interpersonally, neurosis involves dependency, aggressiveness, perfectionism, schizoid isolation, socio-culturally inappropriate behaviors, etc.

Now I don’t suffer from all of those symptoms but when I read them out loud to my husband his eyes got large and he was almost yelling when he said “That is you!”

Vengeful– feeling or showing a desire to harm someone who has harmed you : feeling or showing a desire for vengeance

There’s really not much more to add to that. I’ve never sought out or been given a reason to seek out vengeance, but evidently I give off the air of someone who could dole out violence. Only when my family or myself have been threatened of course. A lot of people when they’ve only known me for a little while and don’t know me very well display the demeanor of a person afraid for their lives when around me. This lasts until I tease them about it and they realize what they’ve been doing and they can’t understand why and stop. Until they piss me off. Then they go back to cowering. This seems to mainly only happens with men; though I worked with a young woman who told me she was kind of afraid of me. When I asked her why she said I read too much, that I probably knew all kinds of ways to kill someone.

So there are the two words I’ve found so far that describe me. As an author I know the value of the perfect descriptive word so I’m happy that I now have these, but I’m not sure if they are good words to be described as. What words would you use to describe yourself?

Say NO to Heat!

I am not the most frugal of people, I can be frugal and I have had to be frugal for years; but when it comes down to it when given a choice I’m not. This will cause many people to be shocked, maybe even appalled but it’s just the way I am. I say this so you can understand my husband’s frustration. I love this time of year, the leaves are changing the weather is cooler and all the awesome holidays are just around the corner. One of the things I love most about this time of year is the fact that the AC barely runs so our electric bill is so much smaller.

 

Enter my husband’s frustration; each year I resist turning on the heat. I would rather be wrapped up in multiple layers of blankets and flannel pajamas than turn the heat on. I stand guard over the thermostat and won’t turn it on until I can no longer feel my fingers. He doesn’t understand why a woman who will just throw things in the buggy because we need them and not look at the price resists so strongly to turning the heat on. If I could explain it I would. I don’t harbor a deep-seated rage for our current electric company like I did for our last. Maybe it’s just a hold over?

 

Am I the only one? Surely I’m not; surely there are other people like me out there that would rather be cold than turn on the heat. Aren’t there?

End of October

Well another month has gone by as a published author. Sales wise it was a poor month for me but since I didn’t do any promoting, other than this blog and  the occasional post on kindleboards, I think that’s to be expected. I sold 15 in the US and India with one borrow and I sold 3 in the UK. I did not release anything new but I was able to work on two projects. I’m about halfway through writing the first draft of book 2 in the Twin Moons of Andove series and I’ve finished 2 episodes in the Chronicles of Amelia Bennett with 1k words written on a third. I’ve also posted several blogs and on a non-writing note I went to Japan. So over all, even with the small sales, October was a pretty awesome month. Japan really gave it a boost though.

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) the challenge is to write 50k words in the month. I’m not sure if even when I was unemployed I was able to write this many words in a month. Maybe. Anyway, I tried to complete this in August when they had a Camp NaNoWriMo and I got just over 17k words written when I got distracted. I have an idea I think I could work on this month but because I already have two projects going on plus a new job I don’t think it would be a good idea to start another. I really need to get something finished, I’m starting to wonder if Stolen Memories was just a fluke. Maybe it was the one book I will ever finish. *Wild Eyes*

Ok I’ve calmed down. I know I can do this, I’ve already done it once before. Aren’t things supposed to get easier the more times you do them?!?

Plans for November:

Send 3 episodes to be edited, hopefully get them back and published as well

Write 10k on Book 2 of the Twin Moons of Andove

Blog Structure

So far my blog has been pretty all over the place, and I kind of like that. It is titled the life of a newbie self-published author. With starting a full time job though I think I’m going to try and make my blog more structured. I’m going to limit myself to 3 posts a week, probably on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Lately I’ve posted several reviews of books, mainly because I was on vacation and didn’t have anything to post on writing, and I’ve enjoyed doing that; but I believe I’m going to limit myself to just reviews on Saturday. I’ll review more than books too, this way I get to show everyone what I’m interested in. Monday’s will be my writing update and Wednesday’s will be everything else. I might end up going to just two posts a week but I really enjoy posting on here so I don’t think I’ll have a problem with 3.
Even though this is being posted on Wednesday I will post a writing update. Honestly I have not written anything. I did get editing done on episode 2 and it has been sent off to my beta reader (my sister) once she gets back to me I had planned on sending it off to an editor but I think I’m going to write the third one before I do that. I plan on rereading what I’ve written for Twin Moons of Andove 2 and then get back into writing it. I’m behind because of the vacation and now with the new job I don’t see myself catching back up any time soon.
The great thing about being a self-published indie writer is that I get to set my deadlines, I get to say when I’m behind and when I’m not. I answer to my fans and to me. So far I haven’t had any fans beating down my door so I think I’m fine on that front. When I say I’m behind I don’t feel as much pressure as if someone else said I was. This might come back and bite me in the ass.

Out of Time: A Time Travel Mystery By Monique Martin

So I love time travel. A lot. I’ve gotten into long heated discussions about it; I’ve asked the question would I go back and kill Hitler; I use the concept of time travel in my everyday conversation,

“Man if I could I would so go back and see Elvis live before he got fat.”

If a TV show, movie, or book has time travel in it I will look at and probably read/watch it. So I almost immediately noticed this book in Monique’s signature on the kindleboards. I downloaded the sample a long, long time ago but wasn’t able to get to it until now. As soon as I started reading it I did not want to put it down. At 2:00 am I finally had to force myself because my husband would not understand if I slept away the sunlight on one of our last days in Tokyo. I read it obsessively on the subway in between destinations and had to fight to keep myself from reading it while I was supposed to be enjoying my surroundings.

“Yeah, yeah Japan whoohoo. Whatever let me sit here by myself surrounded by beauty and a foreign culture and bury my head in my kindle.”

I resisted. Barely. As soon as I got back to the hotel though I went right back to it and finished, and I’m so thankful the hotel has wi-fi so I can download the next one.

Out of Time is about a British professor named Simon and his grad student assistance Elizabeth; both are secretly in love with the other but haven’t let on because of various reasons. While she is dropping off graded papers one thing leads to another and they find themselves in 1929. While not my favorite period in time it is definitely an interesting one. Speakeasies, gangsters, oh yes and a vampire. I’m kind of getting burnt out on vampires and werewolves, but he didn’t sparkle so at least it was the right kind.

Elizabeth and Simon were almost too perfect but I still really enjoyed them. Elizabeth was spunky and smart and didn’t wait around on Simon to save the day. Simon had just enough moments as a caveman protecting his woman to balance out his professorness. King as a villain was great. He oozed scary. The ending kept be guessing, not sure if everything would end up happy or the next book would be about overcoming deep loss.

Overall I really enjoyed it. I gave it a 5 star rating on goodreads but leaning more toward a 4.25. Either way I’ve got When the Walls Fell waiting on my kindle and can’t wait to get started.