That’s right, Forest Guardians Book 3 is in the final preparation stages before publishing. It’s been an exciting and busy time, and not just for the book release. The martial arts book is coming along as well, and I’m enjoying writing it.
One thing I do as an author is regularly take courses and webinars and learn more about writing. This last week I have been busy with webinars on different topics relating to self-publising. Most exciting, this weekend I am attending an online conference, my first ever for writing. Inkers Mini-Con starts this morning.
It’s a little hectic, trying to release a book while studying writing and self-publishing, but the best part about self-publishing is the ability to set my own schedule. If I need a little more time, I take it. If I’m ready sooner, so be it, I adjust.
Since I’ve spent the last couple of weeks busily studying, the editing has taken a little longer than I originally thought. I’m fine with that, as my editor was also a bit busy. Now we’re in the formatting stage. Some of what I’ve been learning will help me with the formatting and physical book preparation. It’s not just writing, when you’re a self-published author, it’s also getting everything else ready, too.
I enjoy it, though, the learning and improving and really getting to know each skill. Everything from being able to evaluate a cover to knowing when your editor is doing a good job, getting the file into the format and ending up with a book, it’s an adventure in itself.
Unfortunately, blogging took a slight backseat to learning, and that’s okay sometimes. Social media also took a vacation while I get things ready. With so much to learn and do, there’s no need to rush. Writing is a life-long pursuit, and I’m still young for a writer. You’re never too old to learn new skills. Just remember, if you want to self-publish, there’s a lot to know, and finding the right people to help can make all the difference for you.
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.