Monday and May Day!

Happy Monday! It also happens to be May 1st so it is officially May Day today.

After a busy week with my day job, I was able to do a pre-publishing look over of my paperback version of The Hard Way on Saturday. Glad I took my time to take one more look at all components. I was hoping to announce it was ready for purchase this weekend, but I need to make one more check with my cover designer to make sure the cover is ready to go. I’m anxious to get it out there, but I want it to be right. Will make the announcement once it is officially online.

The other thing on my mind about writing is how hard it is to balance with a full time or more than full time day job. Many of my friends and co-workers are having a hard time believing that I could get a book published with all of the activities I currently have on my plate. Family life, major changes at work, and trying to get my book out there. I say when it is important, you find the time to do it. It has been hard trying to make it all happen, but I can’t be too hard on myself. I believe it will happen when the time is right. And it will.

Here is the link to the ebook again. Go ahead and take a look if you haven’t done so already. I get excited every time I think about the fact it is actually online.

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The Hard Way E-Book

My next step is creating an active marketing program and exploring places to get my book out to. The audience for my book are readers that have parents and teachers making their reading decisions for them. I need to explore ways to find those groups and get them to look at The Hard Way. And once I find them, figure out some advertising methods that will be the most productive. If they are gained from networking, that would be the best. But, If I must pay for them, then I want to be able to get the biggest bang for my buck.

It is a good thing I am self publishing my book on my own deadline. I will make time in my already tight schedule to get it done, because I want to. With all of the demands on my time and energy, I will need to be patient and know it will get done. If not right away, in its due time.

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Just Days Remaining – Countdown to Book Launch – The Hard Way

6 days to go! Less than a week!

I feel like a kid the week before Christmas. Seeing all of the trees, lights and gift displays. I am so close to my dream coming true. When I write next week’s post, I will be a self- published author and have made one of my childhood dreams come true.

It has been a journey. One of hard work and some tears. I respect any author who goes through the process of writing and publishing a book. I’ve had a lot of help and support along the way, from my family and friends to members of Facebook groups, which makes accomplishing this goal mean even more to me. 

What did I get done this weekend?

For my paperback version, I assigned an ISBN number to it.

I set up my CreateSpace account and started uploading my cover and my manuscript. It was really fun to see it all in the close to final format. My editor did the formatting for me, but said sometimes the upload process can change things a bit. I’m glad that she told me, otherwise I might have become frustrated when it didn’t look just right the first time. We will have some minor tweaking to do to the spacing before we publish next weekend.

What is left to do this week?

After we do some additional formatting to the manuscript, I will upload it again and get it ready for the Saturday launch. Since I have been working on getting the e-book and paperback version ready to go, I may be publishing both versions on Saturday. I was originally planning to publish the e-book now and the paperback in a couple of months. After seeing that the processes are pretty much the same for both, as long as we get the reformatting done, they both may be ready to go live at the same time.

Going to the bank today and setting up a new checking account. This is where I’ll have  the royalties from my book go to and hopefully be able to pay expenses out of someday. I didn’t write this book to make a bunch of money. I wrote it because I have a passion for writing. But, if I can make some money, it would be icing on the cake.

Writing and publishing a book is a process with many steps. I know the process for my next one will be easier having done this one. In next week’s post, I’ll be sharing links with you on how to get a hold of a copy of The Hard Way.

NaNoWriMo 2016 – Week #4

I did it! I won Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) for the second year in a row! I reached the 50,000 word goal on November 21, 2016. However, I finished the actual story on Saturday, November 26th with a final total of 58,547 words. I participated in three Nano sprints this year. They were my first three ever.

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This year, I made it a goal to write 2000 or more words a day to meet the 50,000 word goal by the end of November. With my daily word goal working for me, I wound up giving myself a little more time to do some plot development during my writing process.

I came into this Nano without too many notes and I let the story create itself. However, I did have some challenges concerning how to end my story. I planned on making this novel the last one in my “The Way” trilogy. So, I had to wrap up some storylines I had started in either The Hard Way or The Bully’s Way. And I wanted to end The Street’s Way at a point that would make sense within its story line. One of the Nano sprints I participated in helped me focus on just writing the end of the story and helped me come up with my perfect ending. Once I got that figured out, my next struggle was trying to fill the story in from the point I stopped writing to where I wanted it to end. You know what I ended up doing? I wrote it  backwards from the end of the story to the point in the story I had left off. It was a different way for me to approach it, but it worked.

Now I have a draft in hand that I can edit when I’m ready. Next month I’ll be getting back into editing The Hard Way and get that one ready to publish. My goal is to publish it on April 15, 2017. It will definitely take some work, but I think it can be done.

What did I learn through this year’s Nano?

  • That my process of a 2000 word per day goal made the whole thing a little less stressful. It gave me a chance to develop the plot which ultimately gave me more to write about.
  • That I can pick a point in the story and work backwards to get it written. I know I never tried to do that before, but it seemed to work for me this time. Another tool to put in my writing toolkit.
  • I enjoy the process of writing for NaNoWriMo. The challenge of it really excites me and the fact that I have an actual full draft of my third novel at the end is something to be proud of.

I’ve seen that Nanowrimo isn’t for everyone. To me, you win if just try.  All of the work that you put into it, leads to a reward at the end of the month. Either a full or partial draft of your next project.The whole idea behind Nano is that at the end of the month, you have more words written than you did at the beginning of the month. Writing 50,000 words is a great thing to try if you like a writing challenge.

It is time for me to put the writing on the shelf for a bit and do some reading. Be sure to look for a book review on the blog next week!