I know I haven’t been updating this much. I’ve been going through a rather tough period when it comes to questioning my writing. In the end, I think I will have to hold off on any self-publishing plans.
To do it right, I simply need more time than I currently have. Between work and school and my other commitments, it will be difficult to write at the pace I feel is necessary for success in self-publishing, and that doesn’t even include all the time I’d have to spend marketing, as well as the costs involved with cover art and professional editing (money I don’t really have at the moment).
This doesn’t mean that I’m giving up on writing. In fact, I am going to return to my original writing plans: pursuing trade publishing. This obviously comes with its own problems, but I feel it’s a better fit for me at this time. In the future, once I’m done with school, I may return to my self-publishing plans.
For now, I’m going to see if I can write some new material (though I may also finish the last book of World in Chains. I’m so close to the end, and it would be a shame to leave it unfinished).
If anyone’s interested in beta reading drafts of my novels, feel free to tell me. I’m always interested in improving.
Self-publishing is hard =/ Especially if you’re not going into the field. I’m not and I know I won’t have the time to market myself in the way self-publishing requires. There’s definitely no shame in honing your craft and waiting out on publication – god knows that’s what I’m doing.
Good luck with your writing!!
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Thanks for the kind words, Ashley. I’m not ruling out going forward with self-publishing at some point. For me, it’s a matter of making sure everything else in life is in order first. At the moment, I’m taking a break from writing, doing some reading, and playing some RPGs instead. I need to recharge a bit so I don’t get burned out on writing (which is my biggest worry about self-publishing).