Wednesday, December 7, 2016

IWSG December


Well, it's the last IWSG post of 2016 and what a year it has been. The IWSG posts every first Wednesday of the month. Check us out here. Our co-hosts for December are Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!

My one insecurity the past month has been: "Where is my writing mojo?" I can't seem to burrow into a project as deep and as much I'd like to. NaNo didn't work out (I came out of it with one complete short story and two beginnings, so it wasn't completely wasted), but yeah, other than short spurts, I'm having a hard time advancing. This happens sometimes, so I'll just work my holiday season and finish reading some books and see how I can get back into my Victorian draft as I plug along.

The IWSG question this month is a big one: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?


My instinct is to give a long sarcastic laugh, because five years ago, my answer would've been "write something, get an agent, get published." Also, because I hate questions like this. What's the phrase, 
"People make plans and God laughs"?


I'd still like to get an agent and be trade published, because frankly, the connections, pay, and exposure are still bigger in the trad publishing realm more so than the self publishing realm, particularly for my genre.


But...there's also the Libbie Hawker method. She writes indie historical fiction in a variety of time periods and subgenres; some of them are published through an Amazon arm, Lake Union Publishing. In my case, while I finish a complete novel, I'm going to keep writing and releasing novellas and short stories on my own. And we'll see if I can stop being tired for a second in order to finish this ridiculous novel. 


In the meantime, I decided to stop limiting myself to just Amazon--Pearl is now available on Kobo, B&N, and iBooks, so if you're so inclined, do check it out or spread the word if you know someone who might be interested. 

19 comments:

  1. Look at your book on B&N!! ^_^

    Yeah, I can't answer a five years question either. It's too much stress. And also, "make plans, God laughs" - LOL! I'm just trying to get through the next month with my head still attached. Down the road, I think I'd like to be hybrid published. I can't imagine I'll sell too many print books without a traditional publisher, but stranger things have happened. I also may not care in a couple of years.

    I think it's hard to write when it first starts getting so freaking cold and dark. Time for hibernating under a warm blanket. Or maybe I was just a bear in a previous life.

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    1. I think I was a bear in a past life, too! I'm sleeping under three blankets even though it just started getting cold up here. It's the getting dark early that gets me, though. I'm sleeepyyy. I want to read books and not think about writing them at the moment.

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  2. Those are the same reasons why I want an agent. I have a project (a series) that I just know will only get where I want it to be if I have an agent and a traditional...big publisher.

    Putting Pearl on those other markets is a great idea! Good luck with finishing your novel!

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    1. It's the marketing reach that traditional publishers have that's invaluable. I know I can't there on my own, especially not with shorter works.

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  3. Great post. I love that quote, "People make plans and God laughs." I think Woody Allen said something similar, but I like your version.
    Happy IWSG Day
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  4. As long as you keep writing, it will only be a matter of time. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. *shrugs* Probably not for a bit then. In order to write, I need to concentrate. In order to concentrate, I need to turn off the Internet and stop feeling super tired all the time. That's not likely to happen until after Christmas-ish.

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  5. My writing mojo seems to come and go in spurts. I wish I could be more disciplined about writing, but there are times when I just can't find the spark. Hopefully, your mojo resurfaces after the holiday madness.

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    1. Yeah, I've definitely slipped off the disciplined track in the past few months.

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  6. It was hard to answer the 5 year question for me. I can barely plan out next week, so 5 years from now, yeah hard to do. I like your plan and I hope things fall into place over the next 5 years so you can accomplish them. Congrats on spreading your wings to other markets. Hope Pearl does well.

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    1. Exactly! I'm not great at planning things.

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  7. This is my first time here. I've joined your blog. You have the right attitude. Here's to publishing in 2017! Have a wonderful holiday!

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  8. You are where I've been most of the year. My muse keeps dawdling around, going off to play when I need her. Good job getting your book into more outlets. Don't forget All Romance eBooks (ARe). Also, Smashwords will get your books into outlets that most don't both with. You can opt out of Smashwords putting your books where you've already put them. Good luck.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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    1. Thanks for the other outlets. Pearl isn't a romance though and I think Draft2Digital has covered whatever else Smashwords will do for me, though I did use the Smashwords Guide to format!

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  9. Michelle, I'm rooting for you and your novel. I agree about getting novellas and shorts out there in the meantime. I've actually started on that route, and I feel like the smaller tasks are easier for my brain than a full-length novel.
    Last post in 2016. I didn't even think of it that way before. Hard to believe! I feel so old. I'm still not entirely used to having years that begin with a 2 and we're already two decades in.
    Anne from annehiga.com

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    1. It'll come back when I have time and when it wants to. My Inner Editor wants to revise the draft I have now and that might be what's blocking me.

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  10. It's funny how our goals change over time. I think that's normal. We don't know when we set these goals how we'll change our minds as we learn over the years.

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