I have some BIG writing months ahead. Well, that’s the plan. The rest of August, as well as September and October, will have me typing furiously on my keyboard in the wee hours of the morning. Again, that’s the plan.
Why do I indie publish?
I chose indie publishing for a simple reason: It gives me complete control. I get to decide what projects to work on and when, and whether to slide tasks to the right or to the left. I exercise these godlike powers frequently. This drives my cover-designer husband nuts, but it helps me keep my stress level to a minimum.
Also, I might be stubborn.
I’ve never been one to take orders well. Of course, as an adult, I’ve learned to jump when my bosses say jump. Why, then, would I want the added stress of having to jump when a publisher says jump?
I wouldn’t. That’s why, when it comes to my writing, I’m the boss. For now. There may come a time in my life when I think I can handle the stress of a binding, legal publishing contract, but now is not that time
How I work.
Here’s what my workstyle looks like: 1) I plan. 2) I go off plan. For some reason, though, having that initial plan helps me accomplish stuff. I know. It’s weird. But writing is a creative process. It ebbs and flows. I’m not assembling spaceships or anything. There’s room for a little trial and error. Mistakes can be made, and no one dies.
My somewhat outrageous plan is to release four books by the end of 2024. (You can laugh heartily right now. I am.) It’s a daunting task, for sure, but logistically, it’s possible.
The first book, Home for the Hollandaise, is ready for final formatting and will release on October 4.
The next three books are part of a Christmas snowstorm series. I have names for the books, but not for the series itself.
The cover for Book 1 has been ready for a year and I’m halfway done. Book 2 is outlined. Book 3 is a twinkle in my eye. But that’s not a problem. (Insert maniacal laugh.)
Should I mention that I have to edit, proofread, and format these books too? Again. Not a problem! I just need to write 50K words in September and again in October, and the rest will be a breeze. If I sound slightly crazy, it’s because I am.
Anyway, that’s my update for this week. I will let you know how this ill-hatched plan unravels in the coming weeks. Cross your fingers that it actually works! (Brain, you got this.)