The Indelibles have started the year by hosting a monthly feature surrounding the indie life. Posts go up on the second Wednesday of each month and indie authors are invited to share their experience, so here goes.
Lately, I’ve started taking my writing career seriously. Well, more seriously than I have since I started writing. After having three books traditionally published, I hit the road with a collection of short stories in 2011 and haven’t looked back since.
In March, I plan to launch a young adult series and I’ve laid the groundwork to be able to do that. I had planned to have the first in the series out by December 2012, but that didn’t happen.
It was a wakeup call and a reminder that proper planning is key when there are a limited
number of persons working on a project. And boy did I learn how important it is to set realistic time frames. I did a loose schedule, which I’ll have to revisit, but I’m learning not to stress too much over missed deadlines.
I’ll never stop learning and so my latest task is how to format ebooks. Susan Kaye Quinn made some interesting points in this article. When I first read the Smashwords manual, the thought of formatting anything made me want to tear my hair out, but I believe in learning new things and this seems to be stuff I can wrap my head around, so onward I go…
What new and challenging thing are you learning to do as it pertains to self-publishing?
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On another note – I’m hosting a blogfest to celebrate the release of Retribution. Details are here. If you write romance, or would like to try your hand at it, bring your best piece of writing (it can be something you’ve written already) and you could win a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card. Entries close tomorrow at day’s end.