Saturday, November 16, 2013

What Am I Thankful For?

Thanksgiving is around the corner, the semester is coming to an end and I'm getting ready to self-publish my first novel. There are so many irons in the fire and that's just stuff that's going on with me; that list doesn't include my teething and growing one year old or my emo three year old or my picky terrier or my hardworking husband. All these players in my life have all their own mess and yet they are patient enough with me to let me realize my dream. They each in their own way have settled for a less present mom/wife and for that I am thankful :)
As with anything, not just being an Indie author, you need support and I am blessed to have that.
Happy Friday!

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Waiting Game

3 years ago I completed my first novel, Harlow Whittaker & The Soothsayers.  I have been writing since I was nine, but I was never able to actually complete a project, not until after graduate school and a 200 page Masters Thesis, did I have the skills needed to complete a large project, so then at 198 Open Office Pages, I had my first novel, but what did that mean?  I had no idea what to do with it. 
Flash forward 3 years and I am self-publishing it via Createspace and the hardest part is over (formatting).  I've formatted not only the print edition of HW1 but also the ebook version and my book still isn't out there, accessible to the masses.
Why?
Well the cover isn't done, that's why.  Cover art is by far one of thee most important aspects of your book, because duh everyone judges a book by its cover.
In an earlier post I bragged about having my cover completed, well that wasn't a lie necessarily, because at the time I believed that to be true, but then I changed the design of the cover, and then I found an artist that said they could draw it but then they got sick and then I found another artist, a Godsend really, because she saw my vision and raised it to something even better.  And then that meant to wait for her to complete her work.  And even though she is diligently working away and texting me pics of her progress, AND its only been ONE week, I can hardly take it!  I so badly want my book, my first novel, my first completed project published.  And that is why waiting is the absolute WORST.  I now know why my 3 year old loses is mind when I ask him to "just wait."  There is no "just" about waiting!
Also it's not like after she finishes drawing I'm off the hook, I will still have to scan and format the cover before I can publish, but at least that will be up to me, I will control the pace of that project, and maybe that's all it is; me wanting to be in control.  I'm a control freak, surprise, surprise, if I wasn't would I have gone the self-publishing route?
Aren't we all as Indie Authors just in love the power we get over our own work?  That we don't have to yield to the demands of Big Publishing?
So with that I say, have a good weekend, and God grant me patience and the ability to work with others :)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Not Even Migraines Will Keep Me From Reaching My Goal

I don't know how many of you are migraine sufferers, but if you aren't count yourself extremely lucky, and if you are then I hope my mere mention of the dreaded m word didn't trigger one.
I have been getting migraines on a regular basis once again, (once a week).  And even though they haven't been the worst of my demonic headaches (they used to last 3-4 days) they have been annoying.  Apparently sitting hunched over a laptop trying to format Harlow Whittaker & The Soothsayers for hours on end is physically unhealthy.
So the past few days I have been outside, playing with my boys and yelling at the dog, (seriously getting into the kid's Halloween candy is not only annoying because it leads to a sticky and stainy mess but also unsafe) and the muscles in my back have finally started to relax which mean less headaches and a new blog post.
I am finally working with an artist for the cover that really gets me which means the HW1 will be released to the masses SOON! 
The feelings of excitement I feel are only not present when the feelings of doom creep in, but I think that's normal, the best things in life tend to terrify and empower all at the same time, at least that's what I keep telling myself.