Writing

Where Do I Go From Here?

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything about my writing journey. To be honest, it’s come to a slow, painful crawl. It’s not that I don’t have material to write about. Finding time, energy and motivation can be difficult. I also have enough rejection slips to build a paper house out of. The voices tell me I’m not cut out to be a writer and I should quit right now. Then again, maybe the traditional route isn’t where my journey needs to go.

I’ve come to a point where I feel like taking a chance, since I have nothing to lose. Something in the works is I’m going to self publish a short story collection. This would motivate me to finish a project and say I’m an author. There’s a few other reasons I’m doing this, one being it is inexpensive for me to achieve. There is a title and a cover all picked out. Hell, the cover is already made. I’ve just been keeping it tucked away while I mull over what to do next.

There’s still a lot to learn about self publishing like formatting, uploading it to Amazon and so forth. I’m looking at this as something fun to do and prove I can do it.

So where do I go from here? I’m going to build my own path. Let me know your thoughts or if you’re in the same boat.

 

25 thoughts on “Where Do I Go From Here?

  1. Good for you! I think the most important thing is to keep going and get your work out there. There are also kinds of projects that are always going to mean a hard route through traditional publishing, and I think short story is in that category, I recently interviewed someone I met at a writer’s conference (Erica Swallow) who’s the writer in a writer/illustrator team and they decided really quickly to do self-publishing. Traditionally publishing would have meant splitting up their team, and because they’re go-getters, they wanted the faster pace of self-publishing. It can be a really savvy way to go at times. There are whole podcasts around self-publishing! I hope you have a lot of fun with it!

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  2. Hey Joanna, I’m sorry that you’re having a bit of a rough time (I feel that), but I’m so happy to see you’re getting back up and trying something new/exciting/different. Please feel free to email me/shoot me a DM on Twitter, etc. anytime if you have any questions about self-publishing 🙂

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    1. Thank you Aimee! The post you wrote about self publishing really helped me a lot. I’ve been playing around with Vellum, it’s kind of cool to make an ebook. 🙂

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  3. I made that choice a long time ago and whilst it hasn’t been easy I have learned so much. I uploaded my Ebook last November (I had decided a few years earlier to go this way). I couldn’t afford professional help but I had a friend who has worked with books nearly all her working life and she kept me on the grammar trail. Various other people read my work and offered suggestions and then one day I pressed that button. Despite the hard work, little niggling mistakes got through along with formatting issues so I re-uploaded a cleaner copy in January after a lot of intense moments editing.

    I am now doing another hard edit whilst I work on Book 2. This reason is so I can now do some print copies. With reviews, very few unfortunately, but enough to help me take another hard look at my work, I am doing another edit so I can have both an Ebook and a print book that reads better.

    Joanna, just do it. It is hard but so worth it, just in growth alone. However I do balance things by doing courses, attending workshops and reading as much as I can including reading other people’s ideas on the writing journey. I find people like you and write comments because I believe you can do this if people offer their support. Go do your thing and know I am supporting you even from a distance.

    P.S. I will probably blog this comment in my next post and take about courage which you have a lot of.

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    1. Thank you so much Barb. I think you have a lot of courage doing what you are. It’s hard self publishing without the funds for professional help, I’m in the same situation. I’m doing the best I can and reaching out to freelance editors to see what they can offer. I’ve been trying to learn one new thing at a time, so I don’t get overwhelmed. Formatting alone can be tricky! There’s a lot of growth and learning to be done, but I agree with you that it will be worth it. Can’t wait to check out your next blog post. Thanks for the support!

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  4. Good for you! I understand the struggle you are going through, and it’s not easy. I want to publish, too traditionally, but I know it will take a long time. Because of that, I’ve decided to self-publish some of my books and submit others to publishers. I’ve read your work, and trust me, it’s not bad at all. Just keep working on your craft, and I know you’ll get picked up one day. Btw, I love the way you write dialogue =)

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    1. Wow thank you so much for that. 🙂 Dialogue is one of my favorite things to write. I’d love to see your work when you self publish or traditional publish. The feedback you gave on my book has been great and I’ve been trying to apply it more (like giving better descriptions of characters). Can’t wait to see more of your work.

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  5. I know how you feel! Just keep fighting! I had written a couple of novellas that no one wanted to publish, so I did it myself, using a site called Pronoun. Though it’s only e-book format, I can proudly say I’m a published author, in charge of everything. Even if you choose a different site, you should read their blogs, they are stuffed with really good info on selfpublishing.

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    1. That’s awesome! I can’t wait to check it out. I’ll probably go the CreateSpace route as well. Much easier than going the traditional route and playing the waiting game.

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  6. Definitely do it. I self-published my first book in November 2014 and although it’s taken a while for me to really get started – like believing that I was an author, first of all, and then understanding that there’s more to do beyond the formatting of the book and clicking the publish button – I’ve since published 3 other books and the next one is on preorder for next month. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask; I can help steer you to some wonderful free resources like Joanna Penn.

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    1. Thank you Liz and thanks for the support. That’s awesome you’re already on book number 3, going on 4! I’ve been checking out Joanna Penn’s site and she has a lot of useful information.

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  7. We’ve all been there. Trust me. Back in the day when I was starting, self publishing was a daunting task. You had to pay thousands to a vanity publisher to pub your print books. Today is so much different. It’s a great way for you to get something out there, get some feedback and most of all, charge your batteries!

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    1. I’m glad there is print on demand now, I can only imagine how expensive that would be. I also just read We are Always Watching. Loved it! Grandpa Abraham defiantly made the book.

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  8. Keep after your dreams Joanna! You can do it! Getting your work out there can be hard but make sure that you are dedicated to the process and surround yourself with supportive people.

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