I don’t know if you noticed but a few weeks ago I whittled down my book library by un-publishing the entire Cake Love series (except for The Payne In The Blog, because it’s free and also the blog posts that started the series are on here). That’s because I spent last year rewriting Rules of Payne to make it a standalone.
I can breathe again.
That feels good.
Writing is like breathing for me and for a year I had suffocated. It wasn’t that I fell out of love with writing or decided to do something different. Due to personal reasons I was unable to take time to write.
Since I am an indie author I can take the time I need and come back to writing when I can. I never wanted to take the time off and I don’t suggest indie authors just stop writing unless there is a good reason for it. But, since I had no contract with a publisher and I am a relatively new indie author, I felt the time off was needed for various reasons. It is one of the things that makes me appreciate being an indie author.
I had always planned to come back, but when I did start writing, and eventually start publishing again, I wanted to come back strong. Feel confident in the work I produced and sold to the public.
That is when the little devil showed up. Right at the moment when I had planned everything out and had time set aside to write, the devil whispered in my ear. This is what it said, “Are you sure you can still write? Maybe it was a fluke. Maybe you can’t produce that series you have been telling everyone about.”
I began to doubt myself. Then I reread a book I wanted to republish (it is currently split in two – with a cliffhanger at the end of book 1, which I never wanted to do but the book ended up bigger than expected and I had a deadline, etc. So I made the decision to split it in two) and instead of just fixing a few scenes that I felt needed a little work, putting the two books together and then publishing it as a standalone, I let the devil whisper to me some more.
This time, I shut the devil down and decided to basically start from scratch. I replotted the book, added new chapters, new scenes, and some details that will come into play in later books in the series, and even designed a new book cover.
You know what? I haven’t heard from the devil again. I look at what I wrote and I LOVE it! Now I can’t wait to republish this again.
Not only that, but I sat and wrote whole chapters. No more doubting if this is a fluke, but knowing that writing is my breath. It helps me live.
I have already put a few books in the series One Wild Ride and The Attraction File up on Goodreads and iBooks for preorder. So, I set a deadline for these books and the one I want to republish. I think the devil is going to stay far away from me from now on.
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The last time I published anything was November 19th of last year and it was a boxed set of previously published books. It really wasn’t anything new. The last time I published new material was a year ago.
I have mentioned several times that I have put publishing on hold in order to pay off bills from the almost year long process of selling my home. I am still paying off bills, but that doesn’t mean I can’t slowly start to rev my engines.
Next year I plan to start publishing again, so I put up on Goodreads and made a preorder on iTunes for my book One Wild Ride. I was excited to do something and decided I just couldn’t wait any longer.
It’s can get hard sometimes to sit by patiently while all your author friends shout out about their cover reveals and new releases. Don’t get me wrong, I am super excited for them. It’s just I want to shout about my stuff too. That’s right I am a selfish writer like that. I like to get excited about my work.
So, on Tuesday I decided to bite the bullet and get excited. I made One Wild Ride a preorder for iTunes (because Amazon only lets you do preorder for up to 3 months, so I had to do iTunes) and put it up on Goodreads. Then I got even more excited and made a teaser image.
I know the release is almost a year away, but I do have something planned before that. I plan on doing something in March of next year but that’s not necessarily a ‘new’ release.
Back to my point. I really missed talking about what is coming next for me and it felt so good to let people know. How about you? Are you an author coming out with something? If so, let me know in the comments and maybe check out my Book Barista posts. Are you a reader? Is there a book you are really looking forward to reading that hasn’t released yet?
Before I get on the main topic, first things first: Do you like the new website design? I spent the last few days working on it. There is still some work to be done. I want to make the landing page a slide show, but that takes editing the code, which I am scared to do. I am trying to convince my husband to help me with that (he works in IT, but not with websites so he is hesitant).
Welcome Ella Emerson!
Hello everyone! Thank you for checking out this great interview with the awesome Ella Emerson. I think you will enjoy it!
Welcome Heather Dahlgren!
Hello everyone, it's been a while! This long absence is on me. I get an idea in my head and I run with it, and everything else gets ignored - like author interviews. But, never fear, I am back and doing a double whammy this week. Author's Heather Dahlgren and Ella Emerson have teamed up to write a book called Teacher (it's out now, so pick up your copy HERE).
In celebration of their release, I will be interviewing both. Today is Heather's turn and on Friday will be Ella's turn - so check that out.