Friday, December 2, 2011

If Only... What Future for Me?

As I follow the successes of my internet friends, sometimes I say to myself 'if only'... If only I had chosen a different publisher. If only I had picked a different book to publish. If only I would use Lulu or CreateSpace, or even SmashWords. But when I think back on the choices I've made, I know I would have done nothing different. Living in the wilderness has it's drawbacks - I know, I've said it before, but I really like my life, and my biggest choice was to give up my life for the publishing and advertising career, or simply plug away as best I can. All things considered, I guess I'm not doing too bad. I have a book out there, and #2 is finished (#3 is stubbornly residing behind a writer's block mountain). I also have a book coming out in March, and #2 and 3 will follow, so in a couple more years, I'll have 4 books out there.

I've also submitted a story to another publisher, though I haven't heard back from them. This one to be an eBook one day soon, I hope. And let's not forget my blog novel. Chapter 97 just went up today and there's only 117 chapters total. That means, sometime in April, it will be complete. I'm wanting to publish it then and sell the book for a maybe a couple bucks - some people don't like reading from a computer screen. I'm also thinking about closing the blog and charging for people to read it then, but I'm not sure how, or even if, that can be done. I don't plan to charge much - a dollar or two maybe. I would really like for someone to tell me some more about that - even if you think it's a bad plan. Reader feedback is invaluable - at any rate, I don't want the blog to just drift off into the aether.

Also, would you all like me to start another blog novel when The Fortunes of Magic is complete? Would you read one with longer chapters? That's the biggest reason I chose this book for a blog - the chapters were so short. My other stories average five to ten pages in length, that's two to four times longer than the average page length of this one. It's funny how a book will do that, just fall into chapter lengths, though I admit I aim for it to a certain degree. So tell me what you think. I really do love hearing from you.


Jacqui said...

Writing is such a perfect career for so many of us. Where you live aside, it allows flexibility in schedules, interruptions, eccentricities that no other job does. I can't imagine not writing, even if my books don't 'make it big'.

Unknown said...

It's not too late to do any of that stuff.

Anna L. Walls said...

Same here, Jacqui. I love to tell stories and writing is the best way for me to do so.

It's never to late J. R. Thanks for stopping by.