This is it. I’m committed.
Once again, I am entering the writing trenches. Yeah, I’ve done self-publishing before, but I knew literally NOTHING about it, and frankly, I’m still learning. I long ago pulled the short stories that I had up because I was caught up in how crappy they were – the search for the elusive perfection or something, I don’t know. But that was back in like 2010/2011 – no one knew anything really.
This time I’m going for that Indie Author title. Yeah, I know that I can probably already consider myself one, but I don’t – not yet. Maybe after
I’m writing my first novel since recommitting to the writing life and having a creative career. This isn’t necessarily my first novel, as I’ve been writing since I was 5 years old – but the others will never see the light of day.
Frankly, I’m not even sure what happened to them, probably eaten by one or several computers that I’ve had over the years. The novel I’m working on now is a fantasy/romance kind of mashup – and to be honest, it’s kicking my ass. But that’s half the fun, right?
I’m also going to be a multi-genre author – I don’t like being stuck writing one thing. That would get boring so fast for me. Besides, I’m a voracious reader who literally reads almost anything I can get my hands on (I’ve read the dictionary 12 times, okay?) and I know there are others like me out there. I’m also not using any other pen names but this one. Kind of a “this is me, take me or leave me” kind of thing.
I won’t start marketing until I get a decent number of products out there, but everything will be mentioned/shown here on the blog. And I do plan on going wide (except my photo books, they don’t like ePub for whatever reason) so as I publish you’ll be able to find me on your favorite platform. I also don’t believe in putting all my eggs into one basket, giving the control of my career to one company. Nope, too much of a control freak for that.
On my schedule right now, assuming of course that I finish this cotton picking novel, is some horror, a new adult type thing, some shorts, a sci-fi and a bunch of others that I haven’t decided genre for yet. The new adult is a tentative genre, I’ll know more when I get there. The ideas are doing me no good sitting in my head, nor are they doing any good for others. And I love helping others as much as I love entertaining them. So that is my main goal for my career right now – to help and to entertain.
What are your creative career goals? Where are you in your career, creative or otherwise?
[Photo Credit: Raiscara Avalon]