Marketing is Hard and Other Indie Publishing Problems

So, this year is not going how I expected it to.

Maybe because I’m riddled with indecision. Maybe because society is crumbling around us. Who really knows what’s going on, but I’ve had some time to rethink what I’m doing with my year.

It was about a year ago that I revealed my plans for self-publishing my first novel, a STILL untitled sci-fi mystery about an eclectic amateur sleuth who loves history, hates technology and is forced to work with an android partner. If you can believe it, I’m still working on that story, but after battling with the aforementioned indecision I keep changing my mind on the direction I want to take it. Or rather, the story I write is pulling away from what I originally envisioned, and so the problem becomes what needs to change – my original vision or the story I’ve actually written?

Any feeble sort of writing routine I had since last year has completely broken down, and while I’m trying to fix that, it’s still taking a bit of trial and error (and a truckload of discipline) to find.

Beyond the writing issues, continued research from other, far more experienced indie authors suggests that I need to work on my platform and build my email list – problems I knew I’d have to tackle but have struggled to tackle in the most effective way.

It’s been an interesting year since I made that announcement, so I thought today I’d break it down for you and reveal what I’ve learned, the struggles I’m facing, and what I’ll be working on going forward.

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Blogging on a Budget: 42 Free and Inexpensive Resources to Get You Blogging in 2020

It’s January – the year is still fresh and people are still setting goals and making up resolutions. And one of those resolutions might be to start a blog in 2020. And why not? It’s a lot of fun, and you can start blogging about pretty much anything.

But can you start a blog for free?

Let’s face it, it can get expensive, and there are a lot of glamourous websites out there that will tell you to spend a lot of money. But not all of us have that sort of money to burn when we’re just starting out or doing this as a hobby. It’s easy to see the value when blogging is your job, but if you’re just beginning? You’re going to make missteps and mistakes and it is just too easy to burn your money on things that don’t work for you.

I’ve been blogging for a while now, so I thought I’d help out those newbie bloggers (or the more experienced bloggers who are looking to up their game) by compiling a list of resources to get them started.

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