So it has officially been a year since I self published my first piece of work. It's crazy to think that a life long ambition finally happened and I have moved on and done more since then, plus have so much more going on! I think I finally realised that I was a writer when I had about four things going on at the same time! You have deadlines that you are aiming towards and are powering through to acheive more. So far I have managed to self publish two novellas, have a short story appear in an anthology, took part in and completed NaNoWriMo, have had two more short stories accepted for upcoming anthologies, have entered work for another, and am writing a story to submit to one more. All of this on top of writing an actual novel, and two more novellas. It's crazy to think what happens when you dig into the creative side of your mind, its like turning on a tap and everything just keeps pouring out. I aim to keep doing as much as my brain will let me do and hope that by this time next year I would have acheived a lot more.
The hardest part was easily getting the first story out there. Once that's been done then it seems to open a door of opportunity. It took me a good six months to write the first novella (approx 20,000 words), then another three months to get it edited, proof read, and get a cover for it before realising it. I think I ended up reading the story a good twenty five times before I finally submitted it to Amazon to be available to be purchased. You then have to work on your 'brand'. Facebook pages, being part of author groups, and working with other indie authors is definitely key. It is like a community where everyone wants to help and encourage each other, far from the heavy competition which I expected.
From this I was invited to write a story for an anthology, something that I had not even thought about before I did it. It was also in a genre that I never thought about trying before. Despite being sceptic at first I decided to give it a shot, and thankfully they thought it worked well and it was accepted into the anthology. Not only did my confidence increase, but it enabled me to be asked to write stories to try and go into other anthologies. Two of these have been accepted. I'm currently waiting to find out about another, and am submitting for another. Getting my work out there is definitely worth it.
The second novella seemed to flow better than the first, with the ideas just working. I was also more confident in my writing ability and can see the improvement from the first to the second. Although I have not sold as many as the first one I am still happy with the end product and it has made me strive to better myself.
NaNoWriMo was a huge task, 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. It is easier said than done. I thought it would be quite easy to do and tasked myself with a certain amount of words to do each day, 1,750 to be precise, if I stuck to this then it would have been done with time to spare. You have to be really determined as life gets in the way and you just think, it'll be okay, I'll make up the words tomorrow. This happened a few times and I left myself 9,000 words to do in the final few days. Despite the rush I managed to get it finished and emerged as a winner. I will be taking part in it again this year as I feel it helps with getting a beginnings of a novel out there and down on paper.
Despite a bit of a slow couple of months my writing is taking a turn towards the tracks again. Another novella has been started, the beginning of my novel has been edited and gotten good feedback, and I have so many more ideas flowing which I need to get down on paper.
You can find my available work below, when more appears you will be the first to know.
Undead Legacy - Short Story is called Trapped
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