Monday, April 11, 2011

The Broken Road

One of the first things I realized after I made the decision to independently publish my work was my goals and objectives had to change. This sounds like such a simple thing, but I've spent years and years writing to one underlying philosophy. Write one book at a time and try to sell it before writing the next book in that series. I have six different series concepted with just the first book started or written. That means if I follow J.A. Konrath's admonishment of 'every day you don't have your work available to sell, you lose money' AND therefore I release all the first books on those series, well....that means in order to satisfy my reader, I've got some ridiculous, intense writing to do.

I can handle that part. What gave me pause was that this thought process demolished the roadmap I've been working with for YEARS, literally blowing my mind. I had to get up and walk away from my desk and let my thoughts settle. Took me weeks to wrap my mind around this question and to build a new roadmap: which of my projects should I work on and how fast can they be produced?

In fact, I lied. The road is still broken. I have no clue what I'm doing. I'm like a jackrabbit on crack, bouncing from 'maybe if I do this' to 'maybe if I do that.'

This being responsible for your own career path, your own book releases - man, it's hard work. Stay tuned.

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