Self Publishing Progress Report
My Row80 writing goals are to self-publish my quirky Texas travel guide in March of this year, and to report on my progress each Wednesday, so here you go:
The first step towards self-publishing is to simply get my manuscript written. In order to achieve this, over the past several months I’ve spent two hours each night, as well as twelve hours each weekend researching and writing the book. My original plan was to have a finished manuscript by mid-January and for a while I thought I was on schedule… Well, here we are at January 15th, and I still have more research, writing and re-writing to do!
Frankly, I blame the flu which knocked me on my butt on December 31st. I wasn’t even up to playing Words with Friends for a while, let alone sitting upright at my computer and writing coherent sentences. I feel as though the New Year is just starting! (Am I the only one who secretly daydreams of having a magical pause button so that they can catch up with all their plans?)
A New Goal
My new goal is to have my manuscript ready by January 31, 2014. As before, I’ll spend two hours each night (except for Thursday nights, when I lead #StoryDam writers chat on Twitter.) As for the weekends, I think it’s time to pull out all the stops and put in ten to twelve hours each day. I’ll pace myself with stuff like laundry and lunchtime errands, because I think that I’m more productive that way, but otherwise, it’s nose-to-the-grindstone time! I must admit, though, that I’m scared that I won’t be able to pull this off. There is no way that I want to publish a sub-par book. Just between you and me, I’m really struggling not to freak out!
You may be wondering why I am so determined to get my book out in March. It’s not just because I set an arbitrary deadline and I don’t want to cut myself any slack. Here’s the deal: I really want to have my book out before the 2014 A to Z blogging challenge in March. I would also like to have a book in hand when I attend this year’s DFW Writers Conference in May.
As you can see, it’s all part of my master plan, bwah, ha, ha! Wish me luck… and writing stamina!
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