Things that did work out this summer:
I definitely have a good editor on board now.
It looks like I'm going to be in an upcoming anthology!
And I got a few story ideas sketched out.
The biggest thing though, is that I got some much-needed rest. It feels like I've been running on empty for a while. The day job was pretty much exhausting me. And I usually spend 4 to 5 hours a night, working on writing. All in all, that means I've been working 15 hour workdays.
Let me tell you something folks Writing is HARD WORK
I don't think a lot of people understand how much work can go into one 5K short story. If done right, we're talking 24+ hours. That would be the actual writing, editing, proofreading, cover design and final proofing. That's if you're a one woman show. Which I am or have been for a while. Throw in having the worker regular 9 to 5 and taking care of household duties, and I think you get the picture. I was exhausted.
I planned to fly back to the Midwest and visit the family. But a series of unfortunate events caused that to not work out. I'm actually glad about that. I spent a lot of alone in the time. Including fun things like seeing a movie in the middle of the day! And just watching mindless entertainment at home. Lots of sleeping until noon and generally doing whatever I wanted.
I could get used to this!
So let me tell you little bit about what's going on creatively right now. I just contracted: Xavier Wolf as my new editor! The only thing I'm struggling with is which story that have him edit first. "Passionate Blood" has been sitting around for a while. It's typical paranormal fare, but man, it would be nice to have it finished.
On the other hand, there is my femme-dom and CD stuff. This genre has been selling well right out of the gate. With little to no need for any advertising. While not trying to sound overly mercenary, I do need to bring in a little more income from writing, especially if I'm going to be able to afford editing.
A lot of people really, give indie authors being a hard time about the proofing and editing of their books. Let me break this down, in order to produce a book of professional quality, you're seriously looking at close to 1K USD. For shorts you could cut the cost of that by about 50%.
That means in order to do this right, I need to spend about $500 per short story. There is no way in heck, I can afford that right now. Luckily I can do my own cover design and a little bit of my own editing. But that's where I run into a wall. I can edit anything between 3– 7K without too much effort. Anything over that and I need help.
This is one reason you often see indie authors talk a lot about sales and money. Some of them have spent a considerable amount on their publishing efforts. Others know that in order to increase the quality of their work. They need to hire help. For myself, I've invested a bit in some technological resources that help me out. For example Dragon NaturallySpeaking is turning out to be a really good investment. I also use two grammar checkers to help out with editing.
Another expense this year was a brand-new laptop with office suite. This allows me to do a lot of my own formatting and create my own covers. So my costs are less than a lot of other people's. But it does really sting when someone complains about that editing or proofreading in my work.
Of course, it's not the readers fault! And I don't blame them one bit for complaining when they find errors. When I first published "And Uncle Makes Three" I didn't realize the last portion of the book was riddled with unreadable text. Now I've self edited that novella, and even ran it through grammar checking [that I paid for].
When I finished working on it at four o'clock in the morning. I just uploaded it. I was horrified to later finds a one star comment that the book was riddled with errors. I opened the document re-read it. The book in the first half with great, but I'd completely missed huge chunk's of bad formatting, terrible grammar, and awful spelling.
It's just not humanly possible for one person to catch all of their own writing mistakes. Especially in a book or novella. It's much easier to do with shorts. Because you can really take your time to go over to work. But anything over 10K words is just too much to handle alone.
I don't think a lot of people know really care that Indies face this kind of challenge. Which is why I think more and more independent authors are going for short story format. We see this in film a lot to. Many independent films are shorts or black and white. That's because those types of films are cheaper to produce.
I'm pretty sure that with the rise of self-publishing. Were going to see an increase in the popularity of short stories. They're easy to edit, and even easier for people to read on mobile devices. Which is one reason I believe erotica feels so hot right now and I just don't see the demand for those stories going away anytime soon.
Well, thanks for stopping by my blog today. That's all I've got to say for now, other than I'm really looking forward to some really exciting developments this month!
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