Following the blogs of quite a few indie published authors has become a recent hobby of mine. A few of my favorites are: D.D. Scott, Theresa Ragan and Jen Talty. Their stories are enthralling, their enthusiasm is contagious, and their willingness to share their knowledge openly with other writer’s is inspiring.
They’ve also helped me sit back and review my own writing life, something I kept telling myself I’d find time for, and finally did. This hurry up to wait lifestyle called publishing has me more than perplexed. It’s frustrating trying write a book that will fit a certain house; it feels like I’m trying to fit a round peg into a square hole.
It’s a true waste of energy, and I can’t help think spending the time writing my next book, the book I want to write, is more productive than worrying about whether my story will fit the specifications of a particular house.
Every hour, every day, every week, every month that I wait to hear whether a book sold, is time I could have spent having another book edited professionally, the cover designed to my specifications, and uploaded to Amazon when I choose. So this year, I’m going to dip my toes into the indie publishing pool and feel the water : )
Here’s what I’d like to know: Do you indie publish? How long have you been doing so, and what are some experiences, positive and negative, that you’d like to share?
Or so the Sheryl Crow song says. As I mentioned in a my post from a few weeks back entitled Taking New Paths, I’ve been making a number of changes in recent days. This time, though, the changes aren’t as big and difficult as asking for my rights back. This change was easy and made a world of difference.
This time around I changed my writing space. Not just my desk, but my whole location. I’d found that where I’d previously been working wasn’t really lending itself to productivity anymore. I knew I’d needed to change something, especially when falling asleep on my keyboard with very little written was becoming the norm. Finally, a few weeks ago, I grabbed my laptop and a little folding table and I transitioned myself into the kitchen. I had every thing I needed, bright lights, ready access to coffee and snacks, and quiet. It worked like a charm. Suddenly, I was making more progress then I had in ages.
A change certainly did me good. You may find that sometimes even little changes can help spark ideas and get you moving forward in ways you never expected. For example, in this age of technology I bet most if not all of us are writing using a computer and a word processing program. Maybe you’re finding that your story isn’t flowing as well as you’d like. Maybe you’re actually stuck, possibly even creatively blocked. Perhaps try hand writing your story for a bit. Just long enough to power throw the barricade and get the flow going again. Sometimes a small change like going from electronic to manual can unblock the creative channels.
If you’re find that you’re spinning your wheels and your creativity and productivity are flagging, try mixing things up. You never know what will shake loose and what directions you’ll go in.