Panic, Publishing, and Coffee

I woke up at 6:30 a.m. and for those of you who don’t know me well—I am not much of a morning person. After many years of raising kids who had to be up and out the door before 7 a.m. I very happily gave up on the morning routine. So, this early morning thing is rare. It seems going back to sleep is not in my future.

My work hours tend to fall between mid –afternoon into late evening, and end with a night-cap of blogging. Today I am blogging early because it’s Girl’s Night Out. I am fortunate that I have three other M/M romance/erotica authors who live nearby. So, tonight Amanda Young, West Thornhill, Amanda Corlies and I will be up to some shenanigans.

And as soon as I’ve consumed enough coffee I’ll be getting down with the writing process, which means working on the novella. I panicked a bit this morning realizing this is the week I begin releasing chapters. Yep, panic!

Moving on, let me point you to some other places around the interwebs. Ann Voss Peterson blogs at A Newbie's Guide to Publishing today. Peterson interviewed author M.J. Rose about self-publishing. Rose was a pioneer in the self-publishing game back in 1998-- you can find the interview here. Also, Rose talks about her marketing company Author Buzz.

Hopefully I don't sound like a broken record, but I agree with Rose about what is happening in publishing right now. Everyone is learning how to navigate as the industry struggles through growing pains. Those people who are ready and willing to think outside the box are going to assimilate the quickest. Self-publishing is not for everyone. You need to know where your strengths are, what you are willing to do or try, and what skills you lack. Writing is a craft, publishing is a business whether you go the traditional route or the self-pubbing route. Whatever way you go-- do research.

As an author who is combining self-publishing with submitting my work to various publishers I am learning something new everyday. I am not putting all of my eggs in one basket. I am too new and unknown and the market is full of great authors vying for reader attention. Thankfully, readers are spreading the word about who to read. M/M romance is a small sub-genre that is growing faster than any other sub-genre out there right now. It's kind of mind blowing how much it's grown in the last few years and there are no signs of it slowing down.

Tabs closed, news shared, and blogging concludes for today. Time for more coffee and writing. Later, shenanigans.