I confess, I’m floundering. I’m very happy to announce that I finished the book I was working on (Yay!) It turned out to be a collection of 3 short novellas, instead. But, as soon as I handed it over to my beta readers, my Muse made a beeline for the door and is now MIA. Hussy.
It’s bad enough I have a habit of shutting myself up in my writing cave, but now I’ve emerged without a creative spark to show for my efforts. Today’s one word Daily Prompt got me inspired, though – thank you DP gurus! – It also hit on a Nerve. Or, should I say, lack there of.
It takes a lot of nerve to be successful in the writing world today. Now that all of the previous obstacles and walls have been knocked down to make way for a new generation of Best Selling Indie Authors, a fast-paced, chaotic culture devised solely around Social Media has emerged to fill the void. The problem is that it’s damn intimidating! Where do you even start? I mean, aside from reading a thousand articles on where to start…
My goal is to try to go Indie with my new series. Yes, I have a publisher, but I would like the experience and I’m very curious to discover the difference, myself. To see which form of publishing I prefer. I’m mostly hoping Self-Publishing will allow me to get books out onto market at a faster, steadier pace so my readers aren’t waiting 2 whole years for the next book to come out!
Going solo takes a lot more nerve, though – and moola. Shopping for professional editors, cover artists, proofreaders and marketing experts is mind numbing! Sure, I could just load what I’ve got into an online platform like Amazon, Kobo or Smashwords, but I would know that it wasn’t the best version of my story and would be immensely disappointed in myself. My characters deserve to be shown in their best light, and my readers deserve to get their money’s worth.
All of the authors I’m hosting and supporting, reading and reviewing every day make it look so easy, when I know it’s anything but. Mostly, I think it’s all based on one’s nerve to be successful. Determination, smart business choices and finding the right people to give your book the best chance of surviving the whirlwind.
Knowing it takes nerve and actually having nerve, though, are sadly two different things for an introverted creative-type. Broke… a broke, introverted creative type ha! I’ll do it, though, because I’m also very stubborn when it comes to getting what I want. Maybe that’s really the root behind success. Sheer stubbornness! (Lots of moola doesn’t hurt, either.) 😀
♥ Happy Hump Day!