So I’ve been writing the sequel to Broken Crown for the last few weeks. Ok, months. I’ve been working on it for months. I thought it would be easier. Note I didn’t say easy, I said easier. I know writing is difficult. You’ll critique your own work, hate and love it all at the same time. You’ll think your characters are stupid, and then go back to how awesome they really are. Sequels are no different.
I’m doing a sort of experiment with Wattpad at the moment. I’m literaly uploading the first draft. Which means that in a few weeks, those first few chapters will change dramatically. They already have, I just haven’t uploaded them.
Why am I doing this? Well, partly so I can see how much it changes and the reactions from the readers, and partly so those that are reading my stories on there realize that the first draft of anything is normally terrible. Ok, so maybe not terrible. But it definetly changes the more you wrte and revise.
It also helps keep me in check. I upload once a week, which means I have to have a chapter ready. So I have to write every single week. Not every day, because lets be real, I have other obligations, like laundry and food. But, if I can carve out enough time every week to put some words down, I’m that much closer to finishing the first draft.
Do y’all have a way that helps you complete your novel? Like I said, this is my second one, so I know I can do it. But that one took 18 months, and I would really like it if I can complete this one before 2018!!
Alright, I need to go. I need to write. And eat. Probably not in that order!
I’m going to release Broken Crown on Amazon on September 5th. Why? Well, I don’t know about you, but I have to have a deadline. If I keep telling myself I’ll do it when I’m done with everything, I’ll never get done. I have a job, a husband, a life. Things will always come up. So, I set a deadline. There are still a lot of things I have to do to get there.
I still have to actually convert my book to an eBook. I’m not very computer literate, so it’s proving to be a challenge. I also am still trying to get the hang of the whole social media aspect. I have to promote myself, which is actually a pain. I don’t want just any followers. I want people who will be in love with the story. And since it’s not out there yet, I have to guess at who that would be.
I also still need to get my author page looking like an author page. One that looks legit.
All in all though, I think it will go fine. I could probably just upload it, hit publish, and see what happens. I mean, I’m sure others have done just fine with that. But I really want this to work. I really want this to lead to an actual career as an author. So, i’m going to give it every fighting chance I can.
No, I am not pregnant. My big news is that I’ve decided to self publish my debut novel. Why? Well, because no agent wants my book. And since I’ve wasted a year (yes, a full year!) trying to query them, which is whole other headache on it’s own, I don’t want to waste anymore time.
Now, I’m not telling you this to hype up the release of my book, although I do want you to be hyped about it. I’m telling you because we are about to go on a journey. The one apparently all self-published authors take. I’m only a week in and already I’m overwhelmed. There is so much stuff.
Just google self publishing and see what pops up. There are thousands of blog posts, books, videos, and even podcasts that tell you the best way to do it. You should have your own domain, so people take you seriously. You should have more than one book to publish, so that customers will want to buy more. You should have a massasive following and throw tons of money at self promotion so your book does well.
I don’t have a massive following. I think right now my followers on Instagram and Twitter are less 100!! And as far as money for self promotion, well I don’t have that either. I also don’t have another book ready yet for publication. I have drafts of books, stories that I’ve worked on for a few months, but nothing is finalized yet. I’ve spent a lot of my time on Broken Crown. A lot.
I don’t even have my own domain name. But I am going to try and publish my book. I am going to try and get the word out there. I’ll promote it to death to my few followers. I’ll sell the dam thing in the BAM parking lot if I have to. Because I love the story. I love Leven and her crazy, fantastic friends. And I love my friends, who have read the book, given feedback, and fallen in love with the story.
So, if you’re up to it, why don’t you join me on my journey as I try this whole self-publishing thing out. I assure you I will make the wrong move. I’m gonna cuss. And throw a hissy fit. But I will get this dam book on Amazon.