I’m not sure whether I’m just in one of my ADD floaty periods or really clicking with projects that make sense. I often find that things have been cooking on a back burner of my brain and suddenly appear like Venus rising from the waves. But the thing is . . . I get bored very easily. Is that another word for burned out? Maybe. I’ve been thinking a lot about the writing, publishing cycle. I didn’t even know I had one, but it seems to have been developing in a natural way without my having to be aware of it.
I figured out that if I don’t succumb to sloth too often, I should be able to publish seven or eight individual works each year. One month is always taken up with NaNoWriMo, so that gives me eleven months to work my ass off. I know what inevitably happens when I get over-ambitious, so let’s say two novels a year, plus whatever else strikes my fancy and can be finished in less than novel-time. That would be novellas and short stories. According to the original plan.
But I’ve also been thinking about working old blog posts and some past articles into a series of small ebooks about writing. And just today, for the very first time, Amazon managed to sell me a book by sticking it in front of my face and saying “See? Only $.99. We’ve been reading your mind and this is just what you were looking for, isn’t it?” And lo, it was.
How to Publish and Sell Your Article on the Kindle: 12 Beginner Tips for Short Documents, by Kate Harper, fed right into my random ruminations. It’s short, to the point, and had information that even I, with my accumulation of publishing knowledge, found very useful. It would have been worth two or three times the price.
An earlier book I succumbed to, when I started seriously thinking about putting up a website just for my books, and also well worth the modest price, is How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks All for Free by Jason Matthews, discusses how to set up a website, the tools to use to sell your books from your own site, among about 1,000 useful bits of information. That link is for Smashwords. Or you can buy it on Amazon, either Kindle or paperback. The book is full of resources for every aspect of self-publishing.
The two books together are helping clarify what I want to do and how to get it done. Knowing me, very slowly. Get organized first. Don’t ride off in all directions at once. It doesn’t have to be done overnight. So the original yearly plan now includes nonfiction. Never Stand Still.