This post is more of a “got to clear my mind” post than anything else. I have tried private journaling, but for some reason coming onto this public blog and getting stuff sorted out helps a lot more. Weird, I know. But it’s how things are for me, and I might as well do what works.
Going Back to Pre-orders (except on Amazon)
After going through an entire day of publishing Ruined by the Earl with multiple formats (one for Amazon, one for B&N, one for Kobo, and one for Smashwords) and having to resize my cover at one place, I realized I need to simplify my life.
I think I’ve had enough of going through all these channels independently. I’ll do it if I have to. Like if the book is supposed to be on Kobo or B&N but isn’t for some reason, I’ll go in and upload it through that retailer. (This happens about 10% of the time when I publish the book through Smashwords, but most of the time, things work like they’re supposed to.)
So I made the decision to go back into pre-orders. It was nice to be able to publish on just Amazon and Smashwords. I forgot what a pain it was to do four retailers. I would rather spend more time writing than trying to work out all the kinks I need to in order to get the book “just right” for every channel.
I want the book to be available on the same day at Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, Kobo, and iBooks. In order to do that, I am going to upload the book to Smashwords 5-6 weeks out. That should be enough time for it to go up on all the sites so it’s available on the day I’ll be publishing it on Amazon.
I am not doing pre-orders to gain any traction or make extra sales, so I’m not going to worry about doing this on Amazon. My only goal is to have the book on the channels on the same day. So I won’t be posting any links until the day it’s actually available.
*The exception to this will be the books I submit to my awesome publisher, Parchment & Plume. I don’t have control over the distribution on those books.
I am way behind in my writing schedule.
And I’m extremely frustrated because of it. Words can’t describe just how frustrated I am. So much has been going on in my personal life. There’s nothing serious. It’s just a lot is going on, and it keeps on coming. I feel like I’m plugging up a hole in a dam only to realize there’s another leak. I finish one task and think, “Good, now I can write.” But then something else pops up, and I have to tend to it. So yeah, frustrated is the best word I can come up with to explain how I’m feeling.
What’s worse is that when I finally do get a chance to sit and write, my mind draws a blank, and I don’t even know what to type next. It usually takes me an hour to write 1,000 words. Now it’s like 250 words. The answer (as ironic as it seems) is to keep at it. I know it’ll get easier. If I take a break, it’ll actually be harder to get back to. The answer (for me) is to keep at it and plug away. This, too, shall pass. It’s just getting it to pass that is going to be the grueling part.
The Books I Would Like to Publish For the Rest of This Year
Now that I’m coming up toward the mid-point in the year, I can get a clearer picture of what I might be able to publish for the rest of this year. And since I need to sort this out (probably more than anything else), let me list that in this post.
This probably won’t be available until August. I know. It’s not as soon as I was hoping. I was hoping for May. Then I pushed it back to June. Then I said “this summer”.
See why I’m frustrated? Believe me, no one is more upset about it than I am, but I don’t want to publish an “eh” kind of book, which is what it would be if I rushed it. So that means pushing it back to mid-to-late August. I need to give myself enough time to get it through pre-order and such, too.
This one might be out in July. Janet Syas Nitsick went through two funerals in her family and today her husband is in the hospital. This, of course, affects her writing.
Since this won’t be in pre-order, it should be out before The Earl’s Stolen Bride, unless something serious happens to her husband. We don’t know what is going on yet. He went in this morning. If you’re inclined, she could use the prayers.
This will also be with the publisher, but I’m thinking it will be a September release. We’ll see how things play out.
I have this planned for November.
And I have this planned for December.