So “buy” now, my latest novel (or novella) “Pay The Vig” has been available at Amazon for a couple of weeks. It was a crazy experience, as the story was about 13 months in the making. It’s true, writing is as easy as stepping up to the keyboard and bleeding (thanks Hemmingway), but here’s ten things I learn about writing and releasing “Pay The Vig.”
1. Every day felt like I was behind on homework.
It’s true. When hanging out with friends, I was constantly telling myself “I have writing to do.” After a while, I would tell my friends that I was working on yet another book. Haha, big mistake.
2. Making deadlines helped.
Hire yourself. Or at least, don’t let your projects fade away into that “someday” territory. Get in control, wrangle those words, and inch towards the goal if you have to.
3. There’s satisfaction in being done.
It’s there. It’s for all the world to see. Give yourself points for being brave.
4. Having an editor is a good idea.
I’ve edited for myself before to disastrous results. As indie writers, we want to save that money and cut that corner. Don’t! It’s not worth it. Trust me.
5. You’re proud and embarrassed at the same time. This is okay.
Hey, nothing is perfect. When creating art, we (the artists) have to be open to criticism. Sometimes it’s valid and sometimes it’s not, but it’s okay either way. When I read some of my old stuff I cringe, but that just tells me how much I’ve grown as a writer.
6. You’re already looking at your next project.
My mind comes up with the best ideas when I’m working on another project. That’s why I can understand so many authors having multiple projects going on at once. When I was finishing up “Pay The Vig,” I had a screenplay idea rattling in my brain.
7. E-publishing is easy but E-publishing is hard.
A way to instant upload your stories and have them for sale? Easy-breezy. Uploading your story to one digital site (among dozens) and asking your fans to navigate to a link to spend some of their hard earned disposable income on your project? Not so breezy.
8. By book five, I have modest expectations.
When I wrote my first book, I had stars in my eyes. “I wrote a book! Now, prepare for the accolades!” Yeah, that didn’t happen. I actually had to learn writing for the craft of storytelling at point. Which while good for the long run, was really sobering when I realized initial sales were so sluggish.
9. You’re only as good as your last book.
In 2012, I got froggy and released two books in a year. I was riding high. After deciding to take a break in 2013, I wanted to have “Pay The Vig” done before 2014’s end. Well, in that time I realized that the fans I built up in 2012 had moved on elsewhere. Truly, that was no fault but my own. I decided to really put an effort into updating my blog as consistently as I could in order to engage with others. But really, I’m taking this as a “reboot” of sorts. Just like that third Riddick movie.
10. Realize you’ve “done” what countless others only dreamed of doing.
Because you’re amazing!