I spent a large chunk of yesterday evening reading a book I’d had published nearly ten years ago.
It wasn’t as pointless an evening as it sounds, lol. It will be the first of the novels I’ll be indie publishing on Amazon, so looking for issues I might’ve missed at the time was important.
But I also wanted to read it because—in all honesty?–I had not read the complete story since its publication. I haven’t discussed this with other authors, so I can’t speak for them. But generally, once I’ve finished a book, it’s finished. I keep an affection for the characters, but the story is done and I’m ready to move on.
And it’s good to be able to say that I think it held up. I really enjoyed the reading.
I’m still working to get the website updated as far as old/new versions of my books, and getting my sorely-neglected newsletter back in order. Actually, the temptation is to start fresh with a new look for the blog. I’ve had this one for several years now, and I have seen a couple of other templates I like. But I don’t want to wind up using it as a distraction, which would be easy to do. I think I’ll see how the new publishing direction goes, and try to focus on the writing at the mo.
The good news is that I have settled on a formatter–someone who’s also an author and knows the ropes. I’ve also found the cover artist I want to start with. He’s actually done a couple for me in the past, and when I found out he also freelances I figured yeah–we should do this. That’s assuming he doesn’t go running for the hills after the wordy art request I sent him, lol.
Since I’ve been on Facebook for a few weeks now, I can see that the thing is actually a lifestyle for some people. I don’t personally feel the allure of the addiction to the media; I can see using it for writing/publishing news, or casual short conversation. But I’ve already ‘unfriended’ a citizen or two who felt that Facebook was a forum for all the vitriol they could manage to spew.
And while I fully intend to use it for promotion, I must admit I’ve never seen so much promo outside of all the infomericals that populate tv in the wee hours! Geez! If that’s all you have to talk about, why would anyone want to listen?!
In the interest of noting something other than the holidays (snort!), here’s a brief update as to where I am in the writing scheme of things…
I’m currently in the process of trying to get the first of three novels all buffed and shiny for re-issue. That would be “Incubus”, my first published ebook & one of my favorites. And in the best of all possible worlds I would take on the editing, formatting, and cover art myself, to get exactly what I want. But I’m not currently living in that neighborhood, so it’s been a process of searching and elimination.
This work has been previously published, and I’ve been fortunate to have pretty good editors, so the main focus is getting good formatting and an artist. I’ve got it narrowed down to two candidates each, so that should be settled shortly.
The main thing I seem to be hesitating on is the cover artist. I really want a good one (who doesn’t?), something to suit the story. But finances and common sense also mean limiting the budget. And naturally the one I’m leaning toward isn’t the most inexpensive. Well, hey–what is life without adventure?
This indie stuff is not for sissies!
Stay tuned, more updates to come.
The website is currently being updated.
Just a quick explanatory note for the use of temporary cover-holders as noted above. These are the ebooks I’ve reclaimed from publishers since their original contracts have expired, and I’ll be self-pubbing them…well, relatively soon.
I have a few mixed feelings about the process, really. I can’t lie. I never wanted to be a cover artist or formatting wizard or marketing ace. All I ever wanted to do was write.
But these have been with their respective publishers for quite a while (the oldest for ten years!), and I wanted them home. So I guess I’ll do whatever’s necessary, since I do love the stories.
With these, I almost feel like I’m starting all over. You know, that queasy feeling that comes with putting your self out there?
It should be interesting. Stay tuned!