True, there have been and there will be many more nightmares to come as I continue to march forward on this journey, but let me try to tell a little about “Why?” It’s an important question, I’m sure I’m not the first author to answer it and I won’t be the last, but here goes my answer.
“Because I can.” Might sound too easy to say but it’s the truth of it. I remember a time, WAY WAY BACK, (and no I’m not as old as all that…) when Indie Publishing/Self-Publishing was a thing, but it wasn’t something many writers ventured into. It was a rather unstable and unsure market. In many respects it still is, but the point I’m trying to make is, as unstable as it is it’s much more accessible to more people. Even someone like me. At the time, and again today, you had to have money to do it and if you didn’t, you couldn’t, and that was that.
Today, we have a much easier (and if you know how to navigate it right) freer way of reaching more people. YouTube, Instagram, Periscope, Twitch, and the list goes on and on of Free Platforms where literally ANYONE can share ANYTHING at any given moment and build a fan base. The days of face-to-face meeting and licking envelopes are over! High times are here! But of course if you don’t know how it can be tough. Or if you aren’t unique enough as the next person you may begin to doubt your own “mark” you’d like to leave. The trick that works for me is to worry about myself.
I’m not gonna be a “John Green” nor am I completely sure I want to be. He’s got a responsibility to “produce” for his fans in ways I’m just not capable of doing. I don’t have the energy and the stamina of most of the YouTube personalities, so I never went that route. I am doing it my way, quiet, reserved, and staying true to what I know I can do and how I know I can do it.
You have to find a groove that works for you. This is true in writing and in networking. If you aren’t prepared, or ready, or sure of yourself in any way, your readership or audience will know it and you’ll get nowhere.
Now I feel I’m in a position where I can answer some of those important questions: Am I ready, prepared, and sure of what I want to do? The answer to all of them is an assertive, MAYBE. I don’t think it’s good to be 100% about anything because you don’t leave yourself room for growth and you may get a bit full of yourself and that can prove disastrous as well. I like that I’ve upgraded from terrified to put my writing out there to “maybe” okay with putting it out there and growing a fanbase of some kind.
Where are you in your growth process? Are you ready? If you don’t know yet, that’s okay too! I mean, I’m still growing. What I’m working on right now I’ll see through to the “end” but that doesn’t mean I can’t embark on something completely different or start an entirely new writing idea. The key is I’m open to whatever comes my way.
With all of this said, in the coming weeks I hope to have progress reports on my currently open projects:
1. Twin Crossing, Parts 1 & 2 will be combined into a Print Only version this Summer and will include 10 Illustrations!
2. The Prisoners, a stand-alone book in the Book of Snow Series (80-100K words).
3. Unnatural Things Anthology, a collection of the work I am currently offering for free on my website, but will be in Print form!
I’ll be holding my feet to the fire and expecting all of you to make sure it’s always burning! I got work to do! So let’s do it!