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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NaNo 2019: Character Aesthetic: “Adin”

It’s time for another character aesthetic from my NaNoWriMo novel! A couple days ago I introduced you to one of the main characters, Cerah, and today we’re doing the second main pov character – Adin.

His aesthetic was significantly harder to put together, even though I know more about his personality and backstory. Trying to find the right pictures was a challenge. I think Cerah’s came together much faster. I spent hours toying with his, but I think I found a result that I’m okay with.

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NaNo 2019: Character Aesthetic “Cerah”

With everything else I’m hoping to post this month, I also really wanted to share more of my nano novel (regardless of how poorly NaNo happens to be going this year).

A super easy (and visually interesting) way of doing that is with aesthetics, so I figured I’d make some to accompany a simple description of my main characters.

And if you want to know more about my story (and maybe check out the project’s mood board), I’ve already posted a brief synopsis to get you better acquainted with what I’m writing this month.

Today we take a look at one of the two main pov characters – Cerah.

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NaNoWriMo 2019: Week One Update

My first week has not gone smoothly, and I honestly can’t figure out why.

Maybe trying to blog every day, finish my novella AND meet my goal for NaNoWriMo was a bit too ambitious. As of writing this, I count only my actual nano novel towards my 50k goal, even though I’m writing a ton of blog posts and trying to work on my novella at the same time.

I’m getting a bit of decision paralysis, and I’m also not enjoying my ‘candy project’ as much as I thought that I would. I figured that enthusiasm would carry me a lot further through the draft than it is, and I just wanted a palette cleanser – something new and different to what I’ve worked on in the past.

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NaNo 2019 Project: “Crystallia” Moodboard & Synopsis

I figure it’s about time I actually tell you what I’m writing about during November, huh?

I think I mentioned this before, but I’m writing an adult high fantasy novel for NaNoWriMo, only I’m doing it a little differently from most. Essentially I want to see if I can write a solid story with a fleshed-out fantasy world in a much shorter format. I’m talking a completed novel in about 50,000 words. Which seems like a lot, and it’s technically the goal for NaNoWriMo, but it’s not very much for a fantasy novel.

I expect it to be around 17 to 20 chapters, and I’m just trying to have fun with it, really. I wanted it to be a stress-free and fun sort of candy-project. Just fun for me to write, and a way for me to practice and play around with ideas I wouldn’t normally attempt. Of course, I don’t know how to have fun anymore and I’m taking it way too seriously, but I’ll save that for tomorrow’s week one wrap up.

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you’re never going to be ready, but do it anyway.

I have a problem.

I mentioned before the Summer and my mini-hiatus that I was going to self-publish next year, and I’d set out a fairly clear plan to get me there. Of course, there were some wrenches thrown into that plan. I was training for a new position at my job, and there was a lot of wedding prep going on and I just didn’t have the mental energy to spend on writing, or even blogging.

Once I was over that hump, it took me a few weeks to reconnect to my projects after spending some time away from them, and I had a long list of things to get done in September. But I was ready. Motivated. Excited to get back to work. This was going to be the month that I got shit done.

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