Reinventing What I am Doing

I used to think that writing was enough. You write, someone else does everything else. I realized a few years back that things don’t really work that way. If I want to be successful, I am going to have to put in the extra work.

But how does one do that, exactly?

Who knows? In my research, I see that each author does their own thing. What works for one, may not work for another. Traditional publishing works for some, self-publishing for others. Still some people combine the two quite successfully.

Marketing is all important, and I was lacking in knowledge about the subject. So I spent the last couple of years reading up on the topic while publishing the occasional story online to earn revenue share. A few are still there, others I have pulled. (See the sidebar for the four stories still published on Triond.com. You can read them for free.

Last year I began putting together a rough marketing plan, that I am hoping will come together in the end. Who knows if that will work, but I will give it a try.

So, I had all these ideas from publishing serials on the blog to combining all the old blogs into one (which I have done here). And I started recording them on loose sheets of paper. I came across the Life +Biz Edition Workbook: 2015 Create Your Shining Year (Affiliate Link) by Leonie Dawson, then began reading her blog and watching her YouTube videos. Leonie is an amazing source of motivation and inspiration. Going through her information got me to thinking about my end goals, about what I want to be doing now, and getting myself set on a coarse for (hopeful) success. It could happen 🙂

I took Leonies workbook and went through it with my upcoming series of stories in mind. I asked myself, “What do I want to do with these stories? How do I go about getting to the end result?” I decided to reinvent how I was doing things.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.I created a notebook to help me plan for what I want to accomplish here. What I want to share with readers and other writers (Hint: More than just the stories.), how I want to share these things, and how I will go about carrying out each stage.

Editing is so important, and a task I do not care for, but with funds low I have to do it myself. So I am muddling through. I know I’ll get through it, and hopefully make enough money to eventually hire someone else to do that part for me.

Book covers seemed a daunting task and, believe it or, have held me back. But I bought the 2015 Guide to Self-Publishing, and it has opened my eyes to what you can do with covers. Again, with money tight, I may not be able to hire a professional. But I will be able to future stories.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.

Reinvention is not easy, but it is sometimes necessary. Cutting back to one fiction blog makes marketing so much easier, and it is a step I am happy to have completed. This one blog will hold information and stories from all my fiction projects, all kept here in one place. This streamlines things, keeping me in line with my goals to simplify my writing and personal life in 2015.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015Sharing stories is my main goal. Stand alone stories that don’t fit into my collections are just as much a part of my writing as The Camp Series and other collections. I want to share those with you as well, which is why I posted the three-part story The Shack here on the blog for you to read.

Also, posting stories this way is part of a marketing strategy, that one can hope pays off in the long run. 🙂

We shall see.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.I believe that keeping readers up to date on what is happening in the communities they read about is important, and helpful in their understanding of what is going on in a particular series.

My goal is to share information here on the blog about settings and characters of the stories that I publish in series format. That way, we can interact more, and you can see what does not make it into the stories/books.

I hope you enjoy this. Look for journal entries from the fictional characters, newspaper articles for the areas where the characters live, and more. You never know what I might come up with as a means of showing you what is happening in and around the stories I create.

Having fun is an important aspect of writing, in my opinion. If I am not having fun with some aspect of the writing process, I find it difficult to progress.

I also joke that I have adult ADD, though I have no idea medically if this is true. I do have a hard time staying on track sometimes, but I always come back to projects. I am learning skills to stay focused, though.

You can see from my planning page that there is a lot going on in my head about how I can get the stories out, share them with as many people as I can, and let you all know what else is happening in the story settings. I hope you enjoy the reads.

Also, if you are a writer, I want to again mention Leonie Dawson’s workbook – Life + Biz Edition Workbook: 2015 Create Your Shining Year. It is an amazing way to plan how you will accomplish your goals in the coming year. NOTE: I actually started my year April 1st, because I didn’t find this wonderful workbook until February and needed to work on filling it out. My year will end March 31st, 2016. So don’t think it is too late to start. You can start a full year in a month or two, or just finish out 2015 then start anew at the new year with a 2016 version of the workbook. I can’t wait to see what the 2016 workbook will help me with.

Shannon

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