Writerly Life No. 4

This is blog post #42. Yes, 42. Which happens to be the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything." ~ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


It's administrative day here at Chez Andi. My office has been buzzing with research. This coming week will see the launch of the serialized novella. I am working ahead to prepare myself and the blog by getting organized. Let me preface this by saying that I am typically a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl when it comes the creative process. Not so much when it comes to business. When I am doing business I am all about customer satisfaction and ROI (return on investment); and I am not talking about money. Though eventually my writing needs to make money or I'll be writing a lot less and getting a grown up job.

In order for me to be able to do this serialized novella I had to look at my calendar, the works in progress, and be realistic about goal setting. It's one thing for me to miss a writing deadline that I've set for myself, it's another thing to screw it up when people are counting on me to follow through. I do not want to start something that I can't finish. This is a an investment in time for me. Obviously I want to get something out of it otherwise I wouldn't do it. My hope is that readers will enjoy the writing, share it with their friends, and everyone will come back for more. 

I've researched what other author's are doing with serialized books. I've talked with experienced author friends who have given me invaluable advice and tips. (Thank you awesome author friends!) Also, I've struggled with the possibility that someone out there might plagiarize my work or just steal it. I've come to the conclusion the benefits outweigh the risks. That said, I have set some parameters for this endeavor. Most importantly, I do not want to promise something and fail to deliver. I have worked well ahead in the novella and several chapters are completed. So, not to worry the release schedule is set and most of the work done to be sure each week's chapter is posted in a timely fashion. Barring the "apocalypse" there should be no interruptions. I have back up plans for my back up plans. 

In the meantime, I will continue working on the WIP and another short story for an anthology. I have two short stories that I've not decided what to do with yet-- they have possible markets but, I am not so keen on the way-out there publishing dates.

So, less distraction and more action is what I am aiming for. I'll be pushing my learning curve over the next few weeks as I look into the nuts and bolts of self-publishing, work on the WIP, finish the novella, and final edit the short story for submission. I will also be around on twitter