The Road to Self Publishing- The Hardest Writing


So, I’ve sent off copies of my work to beta-readers (in multiple formats, need to be accommodating to the people who are helping me). So, now it’s time to sit around, twiddling my thumbs (or doing my day job) and wait for them to send it back, right? Ha. Ha. No. Remember that list from the last article? If not, go back and refresh your memory. As you can see, there’s no shortage of things that need to be done, and some (many?) can be done as you’re waiting for beta-reading to be done. Today, we’re going to look at a small piece of the marketing puzzle- the back of the book blurb. Continue reading “The Road to Self Publishing- The Hardest Writing”

The Road to Self Publishing- The Afterdraft


As always, if this is the first Road to Self Publishing post you’ve read, check out the master post here. It’ll take you through the whole series.

So, you’ve written and re-written your book several times now. You’ve gone over it with a fine-toothed comb. It’s as close to perfect as you can make it. The works over, right? No. Like every other blogger who’s gone through the self-publishing gauntlet, I’ve discovered that there is so much to do after I’ve hit my final draft. The things I have left, in no particular order are:

  • Have my final draft beta-read
  • Have at least one copy edit done
  • Get my cover up to par (more on that in a later post)
  • Choose publishing packages/vendors
  • Figure out how to market this thing

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One More Week!

So, there’s only one more week until NaNoWriMo! (give or take) Is everybody ready?

First things first. Things have been a little crazy for me this week, so the weekly story may be a little late. It will come, just maybe not by the weekend.

With that in mind, I want to talk about NaNoWriMo a little bit, and share what I’m doing. One of the big things I’m doing is prepping a little more than in the past. I’m using worksheets from here to develop my story. They are all very good, but the one that helped me the most is the plotting worksheet. If you haven’t got as much planned as you might have wanted, try them out, I think they’ll help.

I also thought I’d share a little bit about my story. This isn’t something I’ve done in the past, so let me know what you think. The story is called The Forgotten. It’s actually going to be based on a flash fiction I wrote by the same name. You can find that here. It won’t follow the main character of that story; however, it will follow a woman named Rayelle. Rayelle has heard stories like that for a long time. She was told that no matter what, she should never go outside at night. To do that would be certain death. One night, she had enough and ventured outside. To everyone’s surprise she didn’t die. She goes on a campaign to save as many people from the night as she can, until she catches the attention of entities that were better left alone.

I’m hoping it’ll turn out well. I’ll post more about it as it get’s going. In the meantime, what is everyone else doing? What exciting stories do you have bouncing around in your head? And most importantly, are you ready?

NaNo Prep!

So, as anyone who does NaNoWriMo knows, October is the official prep month. It’s the month to get outlines made, to get character sheets filled in and to stress yourself out before you even get started writing! It’s so exciting! So, my question is; if you’re doing NaNoWriMo, what are you doing to prepare? I know plenty of people are pantsers, but almost everybody prepares in some way. Even if it’s just getting extra snacks and making sure your writing space is extra comfy, it pays to be at least a little prepared.

As for me? Well, I’m doing the normal stuff. I’m thinking about how I’ll write it. Am I going to do pencil and paper, or write entirely on computer? What software will I use? For some reason, I always feel like I need to switch it up every year. This year, I have a dedicated writing laptop that only has writing software (Scrivener, FocusWriter) on it. I’ll also be using the default notes app on my phone for when I can’t get to the laptop. Nothing fancy there as the main reason for that is just to write down things real quick and transfer to the laptop later.

I’ve also been working on my writing habit since last year. I’ve been making sure to write at least semi-regularly, even if I don’t have anything in particular to say that day. You can only get better by doing, right? More recently, I made a promise to write in this blog at least once a week. So far, I’ve kept that promise (if you haven’t seen this weeks post, you can find it here) and I intend to keep it in the future. The posts may become more spartan during NaNoWriMo, but I fully intend to keep them coming.

Lastly, I’ve been working on the story itself. I’ve got a couple of important characters started and a bullet list of what needs to be included. It’s not exactly a plot outline yet, but I’m working on it. I may post pieces of my prep here later, but for now I’ll just leave you with the question. What have you done for prep?