JA Konrath has a lovely list of things you should be looking at in your indie publishing business. Go read it. I'll wait.
You're back? That was fast. A pretty simple checklist, isn't it?
However, I would add a #12 to Joe's list--Keep writing.
That's the point a lot of writers seem to forget these days. If you don't have any stories for sale, then what's the point of #1-11?
If you're one of my regular readers, you probably noticed I didn't post a blog on Friday. I was doing the final read-thru on the last book of Alter Ego's current trilogy. (I listen to my text-to-speech program. It catches a lot of crap!)
I'd originally promised that book would be out by New Year's and failed miserably due to several factors. There were problems going on with the extended family. There were points I wanted to give up on writing totally in mid-winter thanks to my SAD. There was a lot of unanticipated drama concerning the house in Houston. But I had readers asking, and I couldn't bear to disappointment them.
So I edited and started formatting on Friday, and finished formatting and uploaded Saturday afternoon. By the time I got home with my celebratory pizzas, the book was live on Amazon. A reader had already bought a copy and left a note on Alter Ego's FB page. She then sent Alter Ego a note Sunday morning saying how much she loved it.
Now, if I'd stopped writing during the miserable cold and ice in February, I would never have heard that reader's words.
Now, here's where Joe's #11 comes into play. Last winter, I didn't complain so much about writing itself. (I did complain horribly about what my physical problem does to me, and my doctor helped me find a solution I can live with.)
But if you don't have a physical or mental problem that affects you, and you hate writing, then why are you doing it?
Life's too fucking short to be miserable.
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