My Self-Publishing Journey
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My Crappy Writing Life
This past week sucked for my writing. I was on a writing high last week partially because I was rewriting what I had already written and knew how things were going to go. Then this week, I hit the two week slump. I haven't written a word on my story this whole past week.
Last week I wrote every night before I went to bed, or while I was supposed to be making dinner (thank you hubby!). This week I have not had the energy. Somehow I am going to bed later this week than I was last week and I'm not even sure what I'm doing that's keeping me up so late.
I know part of it is laundry. We use cloth diapers so I usually throw diapers in the wash every three to five days depending on how lazy I feel or how busy I think I am. That doesn't take a whole lot of time except when I have to stuff them with the absorbent inserts (they are pocket diapers. If anyone wants to know what those are, feel free to google it. They aren't your grandma's diapers). Stuffing them takes about a half hour or 45 minutes.
So twice a week that takes up time. I should be working on my story while the laundry is going, but that's family time usually.
During the day I babysit my cousins baby girl who is four months older than my little boy and they NEVER take naps at the same time. So I don't get any writing done during the day. As I sit here writing this quick blog post the babies are tearing apart the kitchen which I'll have to put back together before my cousin's in-laws arrive because they are judgy.
So does anyone have any magical suggestions on when I can get some writing done for this next week? I have to say I'm not a morning person so any writing I would do then would not be productive. I think I'm just going to have to stay up late.
I hope y'all get more done on your masterpieces than I do. Keep on creating,
This year at LTUE I connected with more people than I ever had before. I even had cute little business cards to hand out. And now I feel like I know what it takes to make a living in self-publishing.
While I still plan to self-publish this year, it may be a couple of short stories to help build my following instead of a full-length novel. The reason being that if I self-publish one novel and then don't publish another one for a year, my book will likely drop down into obscurity and it will be harder to gain momentum for my next book.
Authors who self-publish are able to put out more books per year than traditionally published authors. So in order to make a living, you almost have to self-publish a book every couple of months. If I am going to be able to keep up with that demand, I am going to need a head start.
So I'm giving myself a head start by completing several novels (not just finished drafts but ready to publish) before I publish the first one. So my goal right now is to finish the novel I'm working on and send it out to Alpha readers, and then work on some short stories and start a new novel, or finish one of my old manuscripts.
The novel I'm currently working on is a YA dystopian where creativity and imagination are illegal. I will be sending my manuscript out to alpha readers by the end of March so if you'd like to be considered as an alpha reader, shoot me an email at email@example.com.
Keep on creating,
K. A. Jairl
K. A. Jairl
My name is Kim and I'm glad you stopped by. This is where I post my triumphs and my downfalls as I fight the good fight of being a writer mom everyday.