Forgive me for I have sinned. It’s a year since my last blog post
Unforgiveable, I know. I’m a soon-to-be self published indie author and everybody tells me I should maintain a social media presence, starting with a blog. I’m actually a little ashamed of myself, that I haven’t posted for so long. It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything in that time. Just the opposite, in fact.
Life changing decision number one
I resigned from my day job at the end of November 2016 and left work on 2 December. Three of my colleagues were made redundant, leaving me to pick up the pieces, I lasted six weeks. Every day was hellish. Waking up on 2 December in a liberated state of mind was the most amazing feeling. It was closely followed by, ‘Oh my God. What have I done?’ Luckily, I’m married to an amazingly supportive guy who is behind me every step of the way.
I didn’t adapt to my new circumstances in December because of the festivities, but when everybody went back to work in January, I faced my new reality of living a solitary existence between 8 and 5. It didn’t take long for me to adjust. The first hour, maybe?
Focusing on writing, making connections, and watching webinars is easier when there are no other distractions. I’ve learned so much about self publishing from people who got there first, and spend their time showing the rest of us the way. People like Joanna Penn, Nick Stephenson, Derek Murphy, Chandler Bolt, Jesse Krieger, Debbie Drum, Paula Wynne, Barb Drozdowich. I could add so many more people, but I’d run out of space.
So what else have I done?
Discovered UDEMY who have courses for every subject you can think of. I bought into the BC Stack, and a wealth of resources came my way. I still haven’t used most of them, but they’re there for when I need them.
Discovered Alli, the Alliance of Independent Authors. Haven’t needed to use their services yet, apart from dipping into the FB group now and then. I quite like having the badge on my website, though.
Discovered how to create a podcast. I planned to start one in September, but that didn’t happen. It’s still on my list of things to do, but it’s slipped because writing and editing is taking priority.
Discovered the Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook universe. I love Twitter and tweet every day. Facebook is fab for writer groups and promotional opportunities. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve had help from those groups. Pinterest is my favourite. Click on my link, and it’ll take you to my boards. I love looking for images and music that represent the characters in the Definition series.
Life changing decision number two
It’s not really life changing, but it certainly added stress to my life. At the beginning of the year my Definition series was a trilogy. Then it became a tetralogy. Now it’s a pentalogy with the addition of Definition of Flawed as a prequel novella, and this will be launched late October/early November. Definition of Redemption is the final book in the series. I felt that Absolution’s ending was too rushed and I owed it to the character’s to split it out and add a fourth book.
It’s almost a year since making my decision to sacrifice my salary, and quite honestly, I haven’t looked back. Not many people (in the UK, anyway) can say they go to work in their shorts, but I can, and do. I love my life!