I was listening to a vlog from Galen Emmanuel on youtube. It was about being an entrepreneur and starting your own business. Gallen pointed out that when you start a business be prepared to only spend 3-6% of your time doing what you love. The rest of the time is "running" the business. So, true my friend. I've been working with Galen in my day job. Check him out.
That has been the case for me in the "publishing on Amazon" business I'm starting up. There is all the book publishing prep work, marketing plans, website and social media site building, plus writing all the content you need to create to support. It is fun but exhausting.
And, I have only written about 15,000 words of Colony Collapse - Genus Magica Book Two. And my Novel writing class starts on October 1st and I have to get all the materials into Canvas.
Luckily I know that no one if reading this, so that takes some of the pressure off.
. Self-publishing your first novel is like being dressed up and waiting for your ride to a party to pick you up. You wonder if your wearing the right outfit, and will you be welcomed by everyone, or will they ignore you. You check your watch and tap your foot. Is that Uber ever arriving? It is agonizing and exhilarating.
Over the last month, I sent my manuscript to the two of my three editors and approved thumbnails of my cover. I learned how to use Vellum, the software program I need to format my book and created my author platform - this website, author Facebook page, author twitter account, and a "ready for primetime" version of my Pinterest novel vision boards. I started a book marketing plan, but haven't finished it.
I don't know why I'm so anxious, I've been working on this damn book for more years than I care to admit. The first draft flew out of my fingers in a matter of weeks, but it took years to discover it was bad and even more to begin to learn enough of the craft to "write". You'd think after all this time I would be able to shout - I'm a writer, without being buried by an avalanche of imposter syndrome. Thankfully everyone assures me they all feel that way.
This is my first blog post and I will do my best to post weekly. Forty-five days Takakush - Genus Magica Book One's "ships".
Watch this space.
Raine Reiter weaves together an empowered, female-centered narrative with rich descriptions of nature and an ever-present sense of mystery. Her vivid, flowing prose takes readers of dark fantasy into a world that looks and feels real, while still evoking the enticing paranormal creativity shared by authors such as Richelle Mead and Kat Richardson. Follow Raine on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Check out Pinterest to see the world of Takakush.