Long time no … blog.
If anyone even noticed or missed me, apologies for making it seem like I walked off the edge of the earth. I didn’t, really, but just decided it was time to stop doing one thing and concentrate entirely on something else. At least until that something else was finished. Which it is … now.
I INDIE PUBLISHED A NOVEL!
I finished writing and editing, editing, editing, editing, editing, editing, editing, editing, editing, and editing some more until it was done … I think … and then I spent another few DAYS trying to understand and properly FORMAT the .doc file to be uploaded at SMASHWORDS.
I even found a stock photo that only asked me to manipulate the picture of a guitar before being able to use it legally (which I did by adding the story’s title and my by-line at the bottom) and then viola! There it was, ready to go and be available to the rest of the world – or anyone who might be interested in giving it a chance.
Neal’s journey is finally over, and I sent him out into the Indie Published stratosphere of online whatever. Here’s hoping he floats, not sinks.
Seriously, after all the agony a writer goes through trying to put on paper what has been mulling around inside his head for months or even years, sweating bullets trying to make it sound as fascinating as it does in your mind, shedding a copious amount of tears having to edit, chop away like an ax murderer, and then stressing out with worry, anxiety, fear, and even a bit of self-loathing just to get the thing ready for its eventual debut … is wanting to have it recognized for that alone asking for too much?
Anyway, I did it. 😀
I’m going to post a few excerpts on MY WRITING page along with the link, which has a button you can press to download a portion for free. If you like it and want to read the whole thing, I decided to charge $2.99 as an asking price for my labor, love, and devotion to Neal’s story and my hard work.
Until I got rid of the last shred of self-doubt about this decision to go Indie, I didn’t want to blog and risk talking about it too soon. Now that I’m thoroughly over myself and possess no more self-doubt (okay, so maybe there’s a tiny bit of it left somewhere at the back of my mind) I feel confident about sharing the news with the world.
Yes, I’m still not entirely satisfied with the final product, and yes, I’m well aware of the fact it isn’t masterpiece grade or anywhere near such a thing – but WHATEVER. I promised myself back in late December that 2014 was going to be my year to get published, and the fact that I reached that goal (first goal EVER, actually) in mid May is downright impressive and entirely too exciting, I must say.
Oh! And, it took a few days, too, but I decided on a nom de plume by shortening my first name and combining my maiden and married names.
Thanks for reading this, and thanks, too, if you happened to notice I was absent for awhile.