People ask me often to write about the process of publishing to Kindle. To get everything involved in one blog that would remain short enough to hold readers’ attention isn’t possible. I’m sure that the holiday season is taking most of everyone’s attention right now. So I wanted to tell my readers that I will begin blogging about the process after the New Year has been celebrated and is well behind us. Then, perhaps everyone will be ready to sit still long enough to read and follow this process to a successful ending.
Last month I vowed that I would wait until the beginning of 2013 to start my next book, the second in The Victorians series, but a scene recently came to me in the middle of the night that was so vivid I had to write it the next morning. As it turned out, it can’t be in the beginning of the book because it gives away too much about the haunted hero, but it became the springboard to go ahead and begin the novel. So between writing my blog, working online at various sites to keep my books visible, wrapping Christmas gifts and planning Christmas Eve when the family will gather at our house, I’m writing my next book. The first draft of the first chapter is almost finished.
Thinking about all the projects I have in mind for the coming year is overwhelming. There’s Rowena’s Lord: The Victorians, two women’s fiction novels that need to be formatted to Kindle, a third to be finished, ideas for a couple of nonfiction writing books to post to Kindle. There’s that mystery I sent out a few weeks ago, that, if accepted, will be in the editing and publishing process during the first part of the year. If it isn’t accepted, I’m going to upload it to Kindle as well. Then there’s A Savage Grace, a horror novel that has been sitting with a publisher much too long. It was once accepted by an indie publisher that went out of business before it could publish the book.
I’m still seriously thinking about becoming a publisher of my own books on Kindle, which will mean getting a name that isn’t already in use, learning all the ins and outs of the publishing game, and then carrying through. This has occurred to me because I’m well known as a Western historical writer, but I have all these various books in different genres, all of which have been with agents as well as N. Y. editors who praised them but couldn’t buy them. With so many genres involved, it seems I should form a publishing house. I don’t want to use different names, and that may be a problem. Any suggestions?
Well, this blog seems to have become more of a conversation than information or inspiration or entertainment, which is usually my goal. Readers can only take away from it what the life of a writer is like. How complicated our lives are. How somewhat crazy we must be to continue pursuing a career in writing, especially when we’re 76 years old like I am. Sheesh, I didn’t have to reveal that, it just popped out.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Joyous and Prosperous New Year. I won’t be publishing a blog next week. See you in 2013.