I got back the final draft of my paper book cover from Selfpubbookcovers.com, and uploaded it to CreateSpace. So I am waiting now of the proof copy of the book to arrive from CreateSpace, which should take about a week. Once I approve the proof, the book will be for sale.
I’m probably going to lose my mind when that proof comes in. My book! Made real! Something I’ve been waiting my whole life to see.
I should have done this ages ago. It was surprisingly easy, and I feel really good about it. As my friend Rob Cerio said, the only difference these days between a published author and an unpublished author is clicking that Amazon button. So click it! You’ll be glad you did.
I’m wondering what course I should take next to advance my writing, hm, project? I can’t really call it a career, as I don’t work at it full time and it earns me little money. Maybe one day. But the question now is, which of the several things in front of me should I do? Well, of course, I need to do them all, but which should I do first? Which would most benefit me at this time?
Here they are:
- Atlantis novel — publish. My Atlantis novel is complete and I have done my own editing of it. I’d say it’s on the fourth draft by now. I would like to indie-publish it as an ebook, just to have done it. It needs a copy-edit, a cover, formatting, etc. This would be the obvious next step, but as written I find myself strangely afraid of it.
- Write some short stories — selling the first Steve McCray story to Dirty Magick: New Orleans has interested me in writing short fiction again. Urban fantasy was not previously my thing, but that story practically wrote itself. I already have a second — no, a third! — one in the works. And I have a few partial stories from before Katrina that I should complete.
- Grandmother Theory for Baen Books — I have a hard science fiction story, “The Grandmother Theory,” that would be a good fit for the Baen Books Jim Baen Memorial Award. It needs to be shortened slightly and could use a polish. The contest opens on October 1st.
- Get back to Lion of the Dawn — I could get back into writing the first draft of my follow-on to my Atlantis novel, which I am calling The Lion of the Dawn for now. This was my Nanowrimo effort two years ago and I’ve got about 60,000 words. It has a LONG way to go, though. Really epic. I may split it up into two books in the end.
- Prep for Nanowrimo — I could spend the next month getting ready to participate in National Novel Writing Month again this year. Doing Nanowrimo is fun, it’s a special time, and it also gets easier each year — unless something happens like a bad bout of the flu, or your cat’s fatal illness, which are the things that have torpedoed my efforts in the past. Also a lot of the local genre writer’s community does it every year, so there’s a good hangout scene during the month. This could either be a continuation of The Lion of the Dawn, or a new effort. These evening my husband gave me an idea for a Steve McCray novel. I could write that.
Any of these would be good. I should do them all, but in what order?
What, in your experience, would be your suggestion? What should I write next?
UPDATE: I forgot that life has a way of often resolving these questions without your input. I received an invitation to submit to an anthology with a two-month deadline. So, that pushes the third Steve McCray story to the top of the list, because it would be a perfect fit for this anthology. It is started but not yet completed. Have to finish writing it. So thus my dilemma is resolved.