I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching leading up to my 50th birthday. I’m taking a good look at everything I’ve done, everything I’m doing and everything I want to do. I want to spend more time doing things that are important and enjoyable and less time with things that are a waste of time and joy. I wont get too personal; I’ll just limit this blog to the things pertaining to my writing pursuits.
1). I will no longer attend any writers meeting that discuss mainstream publishing. I know how the system works now, and since I don’t plan on participating in the process it’s a waste of time. I don’t have anything against it, but it’s not my focus.
2). I will not participate in any discussions on the merits of self publishing. It’s a sensitive subject for me and I can’t understand the hostility some writers have towards it. It’s what I do and what I will continue to do. I will gladly give advice to anyone planning to self publish but I will no longer defend the practice.
3). I will no longer go to hear writers speak unless I’m a fan. I’ve heard the story many times; years of submissions and finally success. Most of the advice they give concern mainstream publishers. See reason no. 1.
4). I will work on increasing my internet sales. I currently sell 10% of my books online. I want to sell more, so I’m going to spend more time studying and implementing online marketing strategies. The first move is to get a better website. I heard y’all talking about me.
5). I will increase my distribution options. This is the most important challenge for a self publisher. I’m cranking up my efforts to make my books more accessible.
6). I’ll continue to enjoy this wonderful hobby. I love writing and I love talking to readers. I love working with editors and artists. Most of all I love holding the finished product, my book, in my hands. The next 50 years with be a little better because of it.