Today is January's contribution to Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group.
What makes me an Insecure Writer this month?
It’s the start of a new year, which also marks the beginning of my roller-coaster ride of becoming published.
Last year, my goals were to finish uploading my Hogwarts fanfiction to Wattpad, complete the first draft of my urban fantasy, and begin making contact (once a week) with other authors in the fantasy and science fiction genres.
As you might expect, the results were mixed—mostly due to events beyond my control.
Back in February, I was downsized by my company, causing major disruptions both to my family and my writing. The edits to my fanfiction ground to a halt, as did my plans to connect with other authors. Needless to say, searching for another job can be kind of time-consuming.
I'm happy to say things have finally settled down. The job market in my area is not good, at least in my area of expertise, but I eventually settled into tutoring chemistry online. It doesn’t pay nearly as well, but we have enough savings to keep us afloat, so all is good. And in a classic “lemons to lemonade” bit of self-delusion, I took all this as a sign that I should become more of a full-time writer.
|Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay|
Hey, at least I finished the first draft of my WIP. Woohoo!
So, now it's time to get my butt into gear and buckle down for the real work of publishing my story. Editing the book, formatting it, uploading it to Amazon, and then marketing the darn thing isn’t going to happen by itself. So here are my 2020 goals.
- Publish my urban fantasy.
- Make significant headway on the sequel.
- Connect with other authors in my genre.
- Build an author website.
- Post on this blog (the one you’re reading now) on a regular schedule again.
The original goal of this blog was to chronicle my journey as a writer. Although that journey will never really end—there’s always more to learn—my focus has changed over the past few years. These days, I’m more interested in the marketing side of things. For this reason, this blog will now be concerned with chronicling my journey to becoming a published author. I’ll still have the occasional post on the craft of writing, but mostly it’ll be about the trials and tribulations of publishing.
I’ve done tons of research into topics like reader outreach, marketing, and publishing, but to be honest, these are just abstract concepts floating around my head. It’s figuring out what to do on a day-to-day process that I have to figure out now.
I’ll keep you updated.
P.S. This month's question asks what started me on my writing journey. Just consider the name of this blog and you'll have the answer.