When I submitted to Tor.com they sent me a link to check on the status of my book. The queue at the time was over a year long 😦 But every few days I checked it and saw that it was slowly moving up the line and now it is this much closer 🙂
I was planning on self-publishing The Things We Do sometime soon, but instead, I came across the Sci-fi Novella submission from Tor.com. I decided to give it a shot and send it in. I read somewhere on the site that it would take 6 months for a response, but when I sent it in, it listed the response time as just under a year!
Maybe I should have sent it in the moment the program opened. I found writing the cover letter a challenge, I hadn’t done that for years. But I did it 🙂
Today has been very productive. I’ve just completed another draft of The Things We Do. I’m doing line editing and pretty much just zoomed through it. I know I need to do like two more drafts at least.
It’s 25,646 words and 42 A4 pages long. I’m classing this as a novella instead of a novelette because I think it’s too long. I think novelettes are more on the cusp of 20,000 and under.
Arrrggg. I’m doing the eighth edit of Jumpstart and I’m still finding things wrong with it 😦 It just reminds me that I’m still working on the stories that I thought I’d have completed by now. I’ve got three almost ready, but I’m getting spent with them. I just want to move to other things. But the fact that they are uncompleted sit in my brain taking up space and energy. I’ve got some sci-fi stories I want to move onto.
This all has to do with the fact that I have this 10 books by age 30 goal thing. I’m turning 28 in a month and I wanted to get at least one story out months ago 😦 I’m just annoyed that I underestimate my time and talent management.
I think the only thing I’ll have done by my birthday is a short story I wrote the other month. I think it is almost done. I need to make up a cover image and do maybe 2/3 more drafts.
I’m currently in the 5th edit of this novella and the message of the story is starting to really come through (at least for me anyway). Not only that but the words become and became are starting to blur into each other.
I’m at a point where I’m only doing line edits. YAY!!! I think that after this edit I’ll get a few people to look at it and see what they find 🙂
I’ve done this before and a few have mentioned that they are interested in what happens to the main character, Lone, after the book ends. And I’m not really sure. I hadn’t really thought too much about a sequel, but I’ve got some ideas of what might follow. But it’s not enough for a story yet.
I’m not sure when this will be available, but I’m thinking of putting it on KDP select for the first 90 days and then Smashwords after that. I’m curious as to how it goes being on that platform will affect my sales.
See these three books? I had it in my head that I would have these out by the beginning of 2018. It’s not going to happen. Instead, I’m going to have them out within the first quarter of next year. I will get them out.
My next resolution is to have any two more of my incompleted stories done to the first draft stage. Maybe have the sequel to Jumpstart planned out a little bit more.
I also want to get my blog up to 400 subscribers. I’m not too sure how I’ll do that, but the 20 days of blog posts really did bring in more traffic.
So that is a rough outline of what I plan on doing during for the year of 2018.
As a character trait, I’m more than frugal, I’m a bit cheap. This bleeds over into my writing. I try to do as much as possible myself. Writing, editing, book covers.
So I’m going to write about my techniques for creating my book covers. While I have a creative flair for storytelling, it doesn’t necessarily cross over to design. I have practically zero graphic design training. Red flags when creating my own book cover right? Well, I employ the KISS method.
Keep It Simple, Stupid.
Most times, before I even finish the first draft of my story, I’m on iStock looking at potential images to use. Things that I look for is that it is a representation of a theme or idea. This means I am not limiting the interpretation of my book. I can have anywhere from 20 images to over 200. The more I have in a folder, the more likely I haven’t found something I like yet.
I keep things simple because like I said before I don’t have much experience in graphic design. The program I’ve always used has been Pixlr.com. It’s a simple photoshop website. I’m sure there are more advanced features of the site, but I only how to use the simple things. I think eventually I might have to employ someone, but not until it is absolutely necessary.
Here are the book covers I have created myself in Pixlr.com.
Friday, 17th November ’17
I editing finished the last 10 pages of The Things We Do. Which seemed to go on forever. I then spent the rest of the day looking online to see if it might be a good thing for me to put my upcoming novellas in the KDP Select program.
I haven’t thrown myself into the whole marketing side of writing because I am a quieter person. I’m planning on taking the slow but steady route. Where I’m going to get a bunch of stories out and then begin to put my presence. Because then I would already have a bunch of stories out there for people to read 🙂
I’m thinking of enrolling my next few books into the KDP Select. I hadn’t enrolled any in the program before because I was worried about restricting myself. But for someone that finds marketing somewhat alien, maybe I should just put it exclusively on Amazon for 3 months.
What are your opinions? Is KDP Select worth it?