I’ve been threatening for months that as soon as I finished school that I would return to writing.
And writing I am!
You see, I’ve been chomping at the bit here. Sure, I did the master’s to help my day job prospects.
[Tweet “But a girl’s still gotta dream big. No matter how old…no matter the odds.”]
Dreams keep you going and can be powerful motivators.
Months ago, I came across some powerful articles.
Some Prolific Writers
Have you heard of Amanda Hocking? No? Click that link right there. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Are you inspired, yet?
I’ve wanted to publish for a long time now. And I haven’t. Call it life, busyness, not prioritizing.
And don’t get me wrong. Teaching is fun and all, but I I would like to try my hand at publishing something. A book. Not a blog post or an article. Yeah, done that…hundreds of times, actually.
There are other authors who are successful and their stories are fun to read. And, most people who publish on Amazon don’t see much success.
The reasons are probably many: gobs of authors, standing out from the crowd, sub-par story, no platform, you name it.
But I’m Going to Experiment
That word, experiment. It’s been a part of my vocabulary for the better part of two years.
Anyways, I am going to try something out. I’m going to see what it is to post ebooks to Amazon’s KDP program.
I’m crazily working on a novel. I actually started it months ago when it was getting cold and I didn’t feel like studying one Saturday afternoon.
I wrote 4,200 words this morning. Because it’s fun!
You see, that’s the thing about writing. Now that I have some time off from school, I am just enjoying writing for writing’s sake.
Not Going the Traditional Route
I have a lot of good friends who are published authors. I am proud of every one of them. It’s no easy feat to publish that first book, and then to keep going.
They write query letters and build their platforms.
I kind of want to do something different.
I just want to do ebooks. For now, anyways.
For a few reason: save paper, a general disillusionment with traditional publishing, I’m not a high-profile author, the Machiavellian approach to manuscripts…
Of course, I hope it won’t all be a colossal failure.
You know, launch the rocket only to have it fall to the center of the earth.
But that’s part of the fun in life, you know? See what happens. I like to see what could happen.
There was an article on CNN that came out a little while ago. Here’s a quote:
“Fact is that authors no longer need a publisher,” Bernard Starr wrote at The Huffington Post. “And more and more writers are awakening to the realization that if you are not a high-profile author who can command large sales, a traditional publisher will do little for you beyond editing and printing your book.
So. There’s that.
Still, I make a habit of reading inspiring things.
Alas, Non-Fiction is Not Yet
So…I’ve spent most of my writing career writing non-fiction. I’ve just recently tried my hand at fiction. We’re going to see how this pans out. Right now, I’m 82 pages in to a ghost story. On any platform, fiction can be extraordinarily fleeting.
Why? People need information that helps them. It’s harder to sell fiction, particularly if you’re not a known writer. I’m under no illusions here. This is why I stepped up my game for my day job.
Since I like to write, though, I don’t plan on waiting until it’s practical or until I retire to eke out that novel.
Like I said, it’s going to be fun to see what happens. See where my writing takes me. And I’ll keep y’all in the loop with the good, the bad and the ugly.
Anyone else out there want to try?