By Jana Richards
Can you believe more than half of 2017 is gone? Some of my Word Wrangler sisters have already done a mid-year check in and now it’s my turn. Sometimes you need to step back and look where you’ve been to see where you’re going.
After vacillating for quite a while, I made the decision to self-publish my three-book series, tentatively titled the “Love in the North Woods” series. Book one of the series is currently with my editor Janet, who is also a good friend. I know she’ll do an amazing job. The second book is ready to send to her as soon as she’s read for it, and I’m currently doing my own edits on the third book. I’m trying to pick up threads of the story I might have dropped along the way. If someone knows a great method to keep details straight through a series, I’d love to hear it! I’m hoping to have this book ready to go to my editor by the end of summer, if you consider the end of summer October 1st. My next step is to contact the cover designer my friend Jessica Eissfeldt used. Her covers are lovely and I want that same kind of quality.
That quality costs. I have to admit I’m scared spitless about how much self-publishing three books is going to cost. What if I don’t even make back my initial investment? That is a really frightening possibility. Because of the cost, I’ve decided not to attend the 20 Book Indie Publishing conference in Los Vegas. It’s disappointing, but my funds are limited this year. Hopefully, I’ll be able to attend next year.
|The journal where I record my read books. I have a lot of pages to fill!|
|Our retreat house at Living Skies Retreat.|
|The relaxation room at Thermea Spa. Ahhh!|
There’s still so much I want to do before 2017 ends. I have a finished manuscript I want to give another going over to before shopping around for a publisher. I’d love to continue work on a series I began some time ago. And I really need to put together some kind of marketing plan to promote my indie series, whenever it actually gets released. I predict a busy few months!
What’s the best thing you did the first half of the year? What are you looking forward to most in the second half?