There's just so much going on right now, I don't know where to start. My husband and I are very overwhelmed!
I'll sum it all up. There's been a lot of family drama regarding the house we live in, which is owned by my grandma who lives in a rest home. We've just discovered that all of the drama has been due to miscommunications (when is it not?) and that these normally very civil and good people (my aunts and uncles) simply didn't understand all of the circumstances.
To put a long story short, my hubby and I have decided that this is our cue to step out of future problems and buy our own house. The problems with family have mostly been resolved, thank goodness, since my extended family never have issues with each other. It's been really hard to be right in the middle of it all.
Buying a house is a very big step - especially when it's your first and you've only got a couple of weeks to get it done. We feel really good about it, but that doesn't make the decision less scary. Nor does it help the fact that we'll really miss this amazing neighborhood and house. :-(
My grandma's house is absolutely beautiful - nice carpet, dark hardwood, fireplace surrounded with real stone that goes all the way up to the vaulted ceilings. And very spacious. We use maybe 2,000 square feet of it and have tons of leftover room.
But we've found another beautiful house in a nearby city that I'm absolutely in love with. It's so cute, cozy, nice, and quaint and sigh... I hope we get it. We're filling out the paperwork now - just printed it off, actually. It even has a nice loft where I can write while Lizzy plays. When she starts actually playing. :-)
Wish us luck with this huge, scarier-than-it-maybe-should-be decision.
I'm really looking forward to things settling - the last few weeks have been super difficult where family is concerned, and it's not normal. I really hope things haven't been damaged beyond repair.
On that happy note, on to the prompt. :-)
Many of you know that I'm an independent (Indie) author. Technically, I'm self published, but because I'm Indie, I focus mainly on eBooks. Self-published authors previously only focused on print.
When I joined Gather nearly two years ago, I'd just barely started my publishing journey. I'll be referencing a lot of the blog posts I wrote over the past year in this prompt. To start, feel free to read my publishing story and a few myths regarding self-publishing here. To sum up, I left my publisher and turned down contracts because I felt I could do a better job. Sounds arrogant, huh? :-)
Well, I was right. :-) Here's a blog post that tells when my income from book royalties took over what I'd been making at a previous job. And my royalties are much, much better now. It's very rewarding, this whole getting-paid-to-write thing. :-)
Self-publishing is really difficult, but if done right, can be lucrative. Most authors don't need to be a NYT bestselling author to live comfortably. I break down the figures in this post here, showing how much a self-published author makes compared to a traditionally published author where eBooks are concerned. Be forewarned: the post mentions that traditional publishers might be hurting their authors' careers. It's not meant to be offensive, merely informative. But I've never been one to mince words. :-)
As far as this prompt is concerned, what I really want is:
A. for people who are interested in self-publishing (or traditional) to know where to go and what to do, and what others have done.
B. for people to be able to share their publishing journeys and advice they have for other authors just starting down the path to publication.
The focus will mainly be on self-publishing, but if you've been traditionally published, feel free to chime in. What I will not accept, however, is any form of bashing of either path. If you have negative feelings toward self or traditional publishing, please keep them to yourselves. The only exception to this would be if you are sharing a particular, personal experience that may have been negative, but helped you move forward.
If you have any questions for me about any aspect of publishing, feel free to ask them in the comments section below. Since I've been very involved in both traditional and self publishing, I should be able to answer anything or point you in the right direction.
To respond to this prompt, you can:
- Tell your story
- Tell what your publishing goals are
- Offer advice or suggestions
- Tell your fears, accomplishments, desires, strengths, and weaknesses in publishing
- Make publishing goals public - commit yourself with deadlines, projects, and goals!
- Ask any questions!
If you'd like to read more about what I have to say on self publishing (along with all the suggestions and advice you've ever wanted :-)), read the above blog posts and the following:
For information on marketing, social networking, and info on my LLC, editor, cover designer (who is an actual artist, not just a stock-photo manipulator), etc., click here.
For info on how self-publishing is moving up in the world (and are self-publishers stealing from traditionally published authors?), click here.
And last, but not least, for a reminder to avoid being negative online, click here. This applies to everyone with an online presence, not just authors.
You have until Thursday, March 28, 2013 at midnight to write and post, and it can be in any format.
I will comment on and feature your responses a week from today.
* Have your title say FWE or Friday Writing Essential, and have the initials "STP" (Self and Traditional Publishing) in it.
* Make sure to post to the Writing Essential Group.
* Put FWE or Friday Writing Essentials and the initials "STP" in your tags.
Can't wait to see what you all come up with! :-)
Responses to last week's prompt:
And now, pictures of Lizzy. :-) :-) I had a hard time narrowing things down this time... and decided to upload all of them. :-)
At a writer's conference. Grandma is holding her while Mommy presents. Dad took the picture. :-)
All spiffed up and ready to go to church on St. Patrick's Day. :-)
Not complaining, just patiently waiting for mom to fix things. :-)
She's learned how to hold onto toys!
Love her puffed out stomach. :-)
Hanging with mom on the front porch in the nice, warm sun. (Wind was chilly, hence the blanket. :-))