Status Update #9: Learn All the Things!

Scott SummersStatus Updates

Last week was a slow week on the publishing front for me.  I didn't have any stories flying out the door or any new major publications to talk about.  In fact, I got a few rejections and decided to retire some stories that I have other plans for, or that I just wasn't happy with.

It happens, and that's okay.

Instead, I spent a HUGE chunk of last week working on something I should've done a long time ago:  Time management.

If you're new to writing or not familiar with the "wearing many hats" theme that comes with self-publishing and / or running a small business, it might come as news that writing is only half the job.  Sometimes, it’s not even half!  But that's the truth of it, and I'm grudgingly coming to terms with it.

In a perfect world, I'd be able to write, revise, and give everything else to someone else so that they could bring the product to market.  While it's true with traditional publishing that some of those things are handled for you.  However, some isn't all, and "handled" may have a different meaning, depending on the publisher.

For someone who's going into self-publishing, like myself, there's nobody else.  Which means that both the writing and publishing aspects, as well as everything in between, are all handled by yours truly.  Of course, I'll hire people to help me when the time is right.  Right now, my writing life is as much about managing my time wisely as it is about putting words on the page.

Alongside writing short stories, I've spent the week figuring out how best to utilize my time.  I've tracked it, I've coordinated it, I've even put everything a nice little planner.  With luck, I'll be able to get a solid five hours of writing in each day.  But the rest of my nine-hour shift?  That's all marketing, social media presence, and research, research, research.

I'm looking forward to posting resources and learns over here, too.  In some respects, what I'm learning to help me can also serve as knowledge for someone else.  I'm not quite ready to talk about it yet, though.

That's for another day, and one that isn't that far off on the horizon.

Thus far, the plan for my novel, Second Genesis, and novella, The Dragon's Emissary, haven't changed:

  • Finish the final draft.
  • Find a few “fresh eyes” beta readers.
  • Make any final corrections based on beta reader feedback. (Waiting for feedback!)
  • Hire an editor to help with final corrections.
  • Find an artist for the cover.
  • Figure out publication and deployment strategies.
  • Publish the book.
  • Publicize the hell out of it.