Besides planting an apple tree yesterday, I’ve been working on a bunch of other projects. So, I’m not making much headway in any single one, but I am making some small progress on a bunch of different things. The quality of the work is better, I think. It helps when I’m in a state where I think every word I type is shit.
First up, I’m back writing sci-fi.
This is kind of a mixed bag, because it feels raw to write it. It hurt having to sack most of what I’d worked on in favor of a better version of the novel. I also have decided that if I can finish this latest version, that’s it. No more major rewrites. When it’s mostly done, I start querying agents.
I’m also hating writing short stories.
Every single one I’ve written is a great idea for a serial story or novel. I can’t condense any of them down to under 5k words. This pisses me off every time I think about it. I feel like a jackass every time I complain about it in my head or elsewhere.
Then there’s this non-fiction thing I’m dabbling in.
The working title is “Christianity For Non-Christians.” There are a lot of books out there that talk about the logical side of Christian beliefs, but I think they’re inadequate with regards to how the faith actually gets promoted. It’s one thing to sit there and piece together a belief in cosmic deities based on the idea’s own merits. It’s a whole other animal when you get social pressure to join or remain in a church, or you get told the introductory version of sin that doesn’t always match the more advanced versions.
Right now I’ve got a rough outline and a few pages written. My interest in the project is mostly therapeutic. Publication is a giant, fearsome thing I wouldn’t want to think about right now. That is, if I was financially independent, I probably wouldn’t have a problem with trying to get it published. As it is, if I did so, I could count on being homeless.
My fantasy and dark fantasy projects are on the back-burner.
Although I do need to work on the dark fantasy more, since I want to use it to grow my author blog. Ideally I’d be able to publish once a week. Practically the deadlines might trigger my anxiety something awful. I can tell that my anxiety isn’t handled because I’m still afraid of possible consequences rather than actual ones.
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Re ” I also have decided that if I can finish this latest version, that’s it. No more major rewrites. When it’s mostly done, I start querying agents.”
This “traditional” publishing arc is something most people do not bother with any more. First of all, if you do not already have a literary agent, you will swiftly find out that most literary agents don’t accept manuscripts from unpublished authors. Add to that the fact few publishers will accept unagented manuscripts. (I know it is a Catch 22, but it is what it is.) A number of authors are bravely pioneering a new publishing stream. They publish and market their own books. (I do.) The hard part of this route is marketing. I have no problem with writing and editing and producing the books, I do however struggle with finding buyers (aka marketing). There are entire cottage industries springing up providing help in this regard, however.
One of my favorite new authors, Mark Dawson, has all of the trappings (websites, fan base, email list, etc.) His books are available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, etc. They are available in pb format as well as Kindle, etc. He has sold over two million copies of his 20 books (or so) and since it is not hard to make over $1 per book, he is doing rather well. You can read about his self-publishing formula here ( https://selfpublishingformula.com). Mark is a committed author and I have had several interchanges with him via email, so he gives good service to his fan base. Which sounds like a lot of work (It is.) but while building his publishing business to where it is now, he maintained his job as a lawyer!
Of course, if you can’t write worth a shit or can’t find editing services (or learn to do it yourself … which is quite difficult), all of this, by either route, is foolish. can’t find out without trying.
Good luck, my friend!
On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 9:02 AM, Amusing Nonsense wrote:
> Sirius Bizinus posted: ” Besides planting an apple tree yesterday, I’ve > been working on a bunch of other projects. So, I’m not making much headway > in any single one, but I am making some small progress on a bunch of > different things. The quality of the work is better, I thi” >
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