Four reminders I’m practicing as an indie author

Over the last few weeks, I realized how important simple reminders are. With my routine and my family’s routine out of whack, I fell into that trap of telling myself I wasn’t doing enough when it came to my writing. This was especially so because I was preparing a new book for release.

  1. When I’m frustrated by the long process from writing to publication to earning, I remind myself there is more than one way to the top. 

Some authors achieve success (whatever that looks like to them) after publishing one book. Others in book five. Some, not until book twenty-two. The latter is not appealing but is closer to the reality for lots of indie authors. It goes to show that with persistence and patience, success is achievable. I remind myself that my way is the right way for me and my career.

  • I write to my tune.

When I decided to embark on a career in writing, I was overwhelmed by the multitude of writing advice about writing four, five, and ten books a year. And don’t get me started on rapid release and writing to market. It took time but I realized it was okay to do all or none of those things as long as I had a plan, or as you know from my other posts (Sustaining my writing during stressful times), goals that could be carried out from start to finish.

If there is one constant across the board it would be to keep writing. Write the next book. Write, edit, publish, repeat.

  • Leverage community.

Great communities have helped increase and improve my skills. Usually, during the summer, my in-person writing group takes a break. This summer three of us have committed to writing more, not less, holding each other accountable with weekly check-ins and critique exchanges.

  • Invest in me.

There are three main areas in which I invest in myself but everyone’s area of need will be different. Mine are:

  • Health – Without good health, I will struggle to keep pace. Anxiety and stress will set in. Good health means I get to keep doing what I love.
  • Family – I believe that a healthy work-family life balance is an extension of good health practices.
  • Career – There are lots of parts to invest in here: financial, craft, marketing, business management, etc. As an indie author, I may choose to outsource some of this but I believe it’s important to know what I want and have enough business sense to minimize my blunders.

Week 5

Small steps: Can be accomplished now.

Write daily (no matter the word count). Received book two back from editor and spent the last two weeks reviewing and started editing. 

Short term goals: Can be accomplished in one week.

Work on marketing twice per weekWorking book two cover which I’m hoping to reveal soon.

Long term goals: one month

Finish book 2In the middle of book two edits.

Dream: three months or more

Publish 1 story a month starting May – October

Publish 6 titles in six months

Works completed:

  1. The Captain’s Lady – first draft, edits, cover and formatting done. July release
  2. Champion of the Isles – first draft, edits, format and cover done. August release
  3. Loved by a Lady – first draft

What I’m listening to: 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better

Sustaining your writing during stressful times—five:

Purposeful blending of goals and community

It’s another week of staying the course. In the spirit of celebrating small victories, I’m happy with the results thus far. I’ve consistently sat in front of my computer daily to write, market, or both. The first of six stories are up for pre-order and today I received the copy edits for story number two.

I’ve tested my first Facebook Ad and while the results left my mouth dry, I stuck to my budget and learned some tricks to test another Ad which will run in June for two weeks.

The local community I’m part of is growing strong despite changes to the way we meet. Weekly progress reports and goal setting keeps us motivated.

Oh, I’m also getting closer to wrapping up the first draft of book two. For me, this was a busy week. I anticipate a slowdown and wouldn’t mind redirecting Ad creation time back to crafting new words.

As you may have guessed, I’m not just interested in reading the stepladders and forgetting them after a month or two. I want to implement strategies to create lasting change.

For those following along, at the end of each post is a reminder of the stepladders with my goals for achieving success. My hope is that sharing these makes setting goals less daunting. Also, I’d love to know your process. After all, we’re in this together.

Oh fun! A Stick With It exercise. Nope, not weight lifting, although this might feel like it.

  1. Identify the behaviour you want to change.
  2. If you’ll recall, my purpose is to form achievable, measurable habits. More specifically, writing consistently to build my writing.

Read week one

  • Start or join a community.
    • I’m already rooted in two communities because a writing career has many layers. I joined another last week. Each of the communities I chose is focussed in one area:
      1. Writing Romance
      2. Editing
      3. Marketing / Marketing to romance readers
  • Connect with members through sharing, posting, or engaging.
    • I’m getting better at connecting. It’s a work in progress.
  • Take note of the way you engage. The power of social magnets – what keeps you coming back.
    • For me it’s being surrounded by positive vibes.
    • I’ve never felt better than when I decided to blog about topics that impact me. Through comments and private messages, I found that I wasn’t alone.

Week 4

Small steps: Can be accomplished now.

Write daily (no matter the word count). Lots of progress this week. Other parts of writing needed my attention which extended book two’s deadline.

Short term goals: Can be accomplished in one week.

Work on marketing twice per weekWorking on second Facebook ad and new short story cover.

Cover for my steamy Scottish romance brief

Long term goals: one month

Finish book 2I can see the finish line! No dancing yet though.

Dream: three months or more

Publish 1 story a month starting May – October

Publish 6 titles in six months

Works completed:

  1. The Captain’s Lady – first draft, edits, cover, and formatting done. July release
  2. Champion of the Isles – first draft, edits, format, and cover done. August release

What I’m listening to: Smart Author Podcast

Feel good story: 15-Year-old Girl Hailed as ‘Lionhearted’ Hero for Cycling 750 Miles with Injured Father

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