Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Writing in between wondering why the hell I'm writing

I seem to go through this phase now and again.

Remind me why I'm doing this? It's not for the sales, because those are miniscule. The only consolation I have is that others are having slumpy sales as well. A few people I know are doing good with their careers, but mine seems to have stagnated.

I'm not sure what that is, but I have a suspicion that with KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing, a.k.a., self-publishing), there's a lot of books out there and it's getting harder and harder to find individual authors. I also think other forms of entertainment are taking a chunk out of budgets. Movies, TV, video games, etc. -- it's all entertainment, and how many people actually sit and read a book anymore?

Ultimately, I guess it doesn't matter. I'm a writer, and I'll write. I may not publish, but I'll write. I might not have a book out next year (shock!) because I'm shopping around for a publisher, but we'll see. Stranger things have happened. I'm going to spend 2015 on promo and see where that takes me. If I don't see an uptick in sales, then fine.

I'll write and have fun doing it, and to heck with publishing.

We'll see....

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Writing in between health issues

I've had back problems all my life. It was finally diagnosed as spinal stenosis: essentially my disks are squishing flat.

I've had a couple of epidural injections which have helped a lot, but I still have some other chronic health issues that have specialists shaking their heads. Is it gynecological? Is it digestive? Is it all related to my spine issues?

Needless to say, I'm getting tired of being tired and achy and having unexplained "problems" make my life miserable. I'm still writing, but I'm taking notes about the medical profession. I'd like to find a doctor who wants to treat ME: not my digestive tract, not my ovaries, not my spine, but the whole ME.

I doubt there's anybody out there who does that, but if you hear of someone, give me their number. I may be tempted to give 'em a call.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Writing in between trees

That's my office -- those windows. We were lucky. We only got grazed. Others lost a lot more than we did (my garden, mainly).

Yep. I wrote in between storm cleanup. 
big pat on the back.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Despite all distractions, I made my deadline

Go, me.

Yep, I was out of town on travel (business and personal) for 2 weeks, 2 trees fell on our house and made life miserable for a while, and I still managed to finish my manuscript in the time frame I wanted (April 17 to July 1). Okay, I finished it on July 7, but that's close enough given all that happened.

Just goes to show: set a deadline and stick to it. You never know what might happen!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Writing in between self-doubt

This spring marks the start of my 8th year in publishing. 8 years, 25 books. Not bad.

I am slowing down. I don't dive headlong into a story now. I'm averaging writing 2 or 3 books a year, and publishing 1 or 2. I'm getting tired of the promo grind because no matter what you do, it's a grind. The only way it wouldn't be a grind is if writing was my full-time job and I could devote a few hours in the day to promo. But those few free hours I have are spent on writing.

Vicious circle, right?

Where does self-doubt come in? It comes in when I look at sales. Yes, I have sales, but they're not huge and they're not enough to pay for the time and effort I'm putting out.

So do I continue or stop?

And if I stop, what will take its place?

Decisions, decisions ...