Last week, I promised everyone that I would be journaling the process of beginning to work as an indie author/publisher. So, here I am, journaling away. The question is: Have I made any progress in the last week?”
I guess I’d have to say, “yes,” though it often doesn’t feel like it. Here are a few things that have happened in the last week.
- A) I recently recruited help from my daughter, Kristin, and her husband, Logan, as regards my social media presence. Now, you might ask, “Why do you need help? You just post things, right?” Well, when you are as clueless as I was when I first started, and you can’t tell a tweet from a pin or a post from a blog, trust me, you need help. They’ve been doing a great job leading the old man down the path to social media competence. Still, it will be quite a while before I hit 20,000 followers on twitter – or should I say 20 followers on Twitter. (Actually, we have passed that number and are making progress daily.)
- B) I have a work session set up for Wednesday with the person who is giving the MS (that’s insider talk for manuscript – gosh, Mom, look how much I’ve learned!!) of the first novel, The Bluegrass Files: Down The Rabbit Hole, a final look. We in the business (who am I kidding?) call it line editing. Anyway, I hope, by the end of the week to have that MS (now you know what that means!) ready for formatting into both an ebook and a paperback version.
- C) I have also finished “polishing” the MS (Aren’t you proud that you know what that means?) for the second novel. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s done, even though I’ve probably read and re-read it no less than four times. No, it just means it’s ready to send out for line editing. Part of that polishing had to do with some corrections I got from a friend named Jenn. She writes professionally about horse racing, and there is quite a bit about Thoroughbred horse racing in this second book, The Bluegrass Files: Twisted Dreams. Thanks, Jenn. Your help was invaluable.
Okay, so I guess it does look like I’ve accomplished something this week. Nonetheless, notice there was nothing in this review about me writing anything new. That’s the thing with this indie publisher gig. It takes so much time, it hardly leaves you any time to write.
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