I mentioned months ago that I planned on starting my indie author journey this year. Not my writing journey. That has been going on since…well, since I can remember. But this year I am making that leap into new territory: the life of a published fiction author.

And it got real this week. My first story came back from the proofreader, and I entered her corrections. And then a voice inside me spoke: You know you cannot change this story anymore. This is it. This is the version.


I also contacted a graphic designer to get some covers for my first two books, two novelettes in a series I’m calling Into the Faerie Forest.

And then it dawned on me, how much I have to learn. I’m already playing with learning how to format a file for Kindle, which isn’t super difficult (so far—knock wood), just a little tedious at times, and I want to make sure that I don’t  mess it up and leave readers frustrated with the reading experience. But that’s why I’m giving myself plenty of time between now and release day—so that the reader’s experience of the story, whether the words themselves, the cover that hints at them, or the formatting of the text, is a positive one.

I still have to learn about keywords and categories and a bunch of other stuff I haven’t even thought of yet. There’s probably a lot I don’t even know that I don’t know.

But you know what? What I’m feeling isn’t the fear I would’ve expected.

It’s excitement.

Here it goes…

Lastly, a Sunday ROW80 check-in…

Writing: In terms of word count, this past week wasn’t stellar. I wrote 6,138 words, below my target of 10K/week, but still not bad. Most of that was in Red in the Woods, a novelette-length retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. I did a lot of other little stuff too. Mainly I received corrections back from my proofreader, entered her changes, and began the process of learning how to format a book for publication, including how to create a table of contents. I’ve also been working with a graphic designer on some cover design for my stories.

Reading: It was a busy reading week. I read Reflected Desire by Kendra Leigh Castle, a short, steamy story about the Man in the Mirror from Snow White. I also dug into a couple of books on writing—Writing into the Dark by Dean Wesley Smith, which, if I can follow his process, could allow me to avoid the massive rewrites I end up doing even when I outline; and Self-Publishing Attack! by James Scott Bell, which was helpful, although a lot of it repeated info I already knew. Still, it was a good refresher. I am on track to meet my goal of reading 65 books this year, according to Goodreads.

Goals for the upcoming week:

  • Finish a first draft of Red in the Woods—and come up with a better title. (Any suggestions?)
  • Read-through The Faerie Key, edit, and prep for proofreader.
  • Edit Spirits of Embers and send to beta reader.

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What about you? How are your writing goals coming along? What has surprised you on your writing and publishing journey?

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