I just finished the first draft of my next book, Vermin. This time is always a little bitter sweet for me, since it’s time to step away from the story and characters that have grown on me for the past four and a half months. I’ll miss them.
Notes on writing.
As the world mourns the passing of Gene Wilder, I am reminded of the films that shaped my youth, specifically Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles (which I saw in theatres).
I chose to self-publish because I didn’t want to wait for weeks (or months) to hear back from a publisher and be faced with another rejection. Most times, I wouldn’t hear back at all. With self-publishing I maintain control, which is better, right?
As a writer, negativity, depression, and self-doubt are feelings I experience on a regular basis, but thankfully not on a daily basis.
In this digital world, making backups of my work is a necessity. I am amazed when I hear that people still don’t do it. Luckily I do, and it saved my ass.
I launched my new website last week after my free preview ended. It seemed like a good way to celebrate the number of people who downloaded my book. And remember how I was hoping for more than 85 free downloads? Well, again, it didn’t work out quite the way I had hoped. But…
Friday marked my last day of employment. I quit two weeks ago to pursue writing full time. 🙂 Naturally, I had to celebrate.
On Friday, I gave two weeks notice at my office job. I will be pursuing writing full time. I won’t lie. It was difficult to walk away from a paycheck. It was the first job I have ever quit. However, everything else about the decision was easy and the reason why might surprise you.
As a new author, nothing so far has been more elusive than the all mighty review. Or should that be the sale?
Last week, I ran a free promotion on Tied. I did a lot of preparation and had high hopes. As promised, here are my results.