Indie Unmasked was a lot of fun. This was my first experience at an author event of this type. After drawing a blank at the first question about my books and stumbling through an answer (I was just a bit nervous) I found my footing and was definitely more coherent the rest of the day. There were some fabulous authors there and I wish I had more time (and the courage) to talk with them. I did get to meet author Amber Nation who I chat with on Facebook (if you love romance you should read her Brown County series - I definitely recommend them) and I had the opportunity to fangirl over Mia Sheriden - her novel, Archer's Voice, is one of my favorite books this year. My best friend (acting as my assistant) had a chance to scope out everyone's swag and came back with some ideas we may try in the future. And more compliments on the Fairfield Corners covers!
The masquerade was fun - it was great to hear some of the attendees fangirling about being able to spend time with their favorite authors.
As the odometer ticked off the miles on the trip home I thought about this whole author gig and how I've been stressing myself out over NaNoWriMo and word counts and how the story was falling flat. I realized that Beneath The Lake is just not ready to written... yet. I love the story and concept but it's just not there and trying to force it isn't working. Therefore, I am putting it back into the "maybe later" file in my head and I will not be finishing NaNo this year.
I don't want to lose my love of writing. Seriously, what other career choice is as perfect for an introvert with an active imagination? Stressing about it makes it seem more like a job and I already have one of those.
After some serious thought my goals for 2015 look like this:
- Write every day.
- Break down marketing into manageable pieces.
- Find more/different ways to reach readers.
- Build up my newsletter subscriber list.
- Guest blog.
- Attend more author events (if possible).
Writing may never pay all the bills but I need the creative outlet. Never fear, there are many more stories to come.
Until next time!