Just last week I embarked upon a new life-changing decision: I quit my job and decided to become a full-time writer!
This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time – as many others do – and this is what I’ve always felt like I was meant to do. Nothing else has ever satisfied me. Still, the decision did not come easily, and so the truth of it is that I’m going to work for myself for a while and try to get serious about building my business. (Plus, my day job was driving me crazy, so I felt like it was a good time to call it quits.)
So far, I highly recommend it! The two weeks leading up to it and the first week of being at home was a little weird because I have a strong sense of responsibility, and to be “unemployed” brought on a lot of mixed feelings, but this second week has been much better. (Following a month where I was crying almost every day. Yeah, something just wasn’t right in my life.) I like to stay busy, so I’m at least able to turn my energy to my creative pursuits.
I know it seems like bragging… Not everyone can make this a reality. For the record, I honestly have no idea what I’m doing. I like to plan everything and be sure of everything, so this is a big leap for me. But I’m so much happier, at least for now. It may not last, but while it is, I’m planning not only to enjoy it, but to work hard.
So! I’m busy writing and it feels amazing! I’ve been writing every day, back to projects I always meant to work on, but my mind wasn’t clear enough to focus. My mind feels open in a way that it hasn’t been in a long time. While I’m busy writing something new, I have to decide what I want to do next.
Since I’ve reached this goal, I have to set another, and that’s to up my game and get myself on a publishing schedule that works.
My plan is to get myself on a 3-6 month publishing schedule. I would like to do 3 months, but 6 months might be more doable. There will be many benefits to this, I feel. I can publish more and hold myself to a schedule. When I publish a book, I’ll immediately have another up for preorder with a definite release date. In order for me to do this, I have to be a little bit ahead of myself, but I still have a couple of works on reserve, so I plan to start there.
Something old, something new
While I’m working on this new project (the Weird Western I mentioned back around NaNo time last year), I have an old one on deck that I need to prepare.
It’s likely that you’ll soon get an announcement from me about a new release!
But when you hear about it, it likely won’t be released for 3 months. But then, once it is available, there will be a link to the next preorder and news about my next release immediately. I think that will help readers know what to expect from me and always know when a new project will be ready. Also that I WILL have another book to release instead of leaving it up in the air as to when or IF I will publish anything else.
It’s an experiment, as always, but I’ll have to see how it works.
My other books are still available!
I’m about to start preparing all my books for wide distribution. As of now, only some of my books are available through Barnes and Noble and iBooks, for example. Most are on Kindle, but I’m going to put more effort into getting this done. It just takes a different type of formatting to send the books through Smashwords (and it’s kind of a nightmare).
I reduced the prices on some of my titles a while ago on Amazon, so check them out if there are any you haven’t snagged yet.
I’ll be back soon!