Growing Pains…Making Promises You Can’t Keep

A newbie author and her secrets to overcoming overwhelm. She fights daily tasks and tries to find ways to defeat complicated chores without feeling intimidated.


Growing Pains…When Your Laptop Goes Kaput!

I am writing a Word document and it continues to tell me it’s not responding, the format keeps changing, and all this other crazy stuff is happening. I am not sure if I tried to fix it and ruined it or if the laptop demons were playing with my head again but I gave up.

Two days later, I attempted to use the internet ANOTHER time. I could not get on Google. Now I know my laptop was laughing at me. I called my younger brother. He did his best to help me. He even told me something I didn’t know about my laptop. Oh well, thanks Corey.

I felt as if it helped for a second but it that was it, one second. As soon as we hung up I was done. He lives too far away to really help me. I posted on Facebook that I was about to throw the thing out of my attic window. 

Considering my imagination and the situation, I had second thoughts. I visualized it bouncing back into my house and attacking me with viruses and HI messages all night. Not to mention, I felt a broken laptop is better than no laptop at all.

I received a message from a friend that saved the day! My neighbor told me not to toss it. She said her husband loves to play with tech stuff and would be happy to look at my laptop for me.

Growing Pains…Implementing ‘Easy’ Tasks

I feel like the sixth grader that grew six inches in one summer. She is starting to look like a teenager but walks into walls and trips on her own feet every five steps.  That is my impatience talking. I will get there. We all survived puberty. I am growing and learning. This is my self-publishing childhood and I should embrace it. 
As for me not calming down, I am doing something that I’ve read is a no-no in the industry. I am writing two books at once. Technically, I am letting my book breathe for a minute before the next edit. While this is going on, I am working on an MG interactive fiction.

I had grand ideas about this interactive fiction story. Holy Cow! This story is going to take a lot longer than I anticipated. I have the organization, so far. Let’s wait and see how long that goes. 

I remember reading a few of the interactive fiction stories when I was young. In case you’re not familiar with the term, they were called “Choose Your Own Adventure.”

Growing Pains…Crowdfunding for Authors?

Personally, I have never heard the term, crowdfunding. I typically delete multiple emails that I find uninteresting but this one I wanted to find out more. I opened the email. Oh my goodness! 

Crowdfunding is basically a go fund me for writing a book. The author requests investors for writing a successful book. The money can be used for an editor, cover design, formatting, advertising, etc. (according to the email).

Now, this is the craziest concept I have seen as of yet. Talk about pressure! If I am asking for money to create a novel/ ebook/ graphic novel/ book, I MUST write a best seller. Not to mention, it needs to be in a time-frame the readers can relate to. I can’t wait a year or two after someone paid me money for writing it. 

Growing Pains…I Have an Email List, What Next?

I have so much to read on e-mail lists. I guess I never thought I would ACTUALLY get anyone to sign up. Maybe I was so focused on getting readers, I wasn’t thinking of the next step.

In any case, I need to step up my game. I have to figure out how to NOT bother these people AND not ignore them. They are signed up because they are interested in my work. That is a compliment. I guess I can officially take my own name off of my list. I probably won’t. I still need to see if I’m sending crazy information or sending something more than once. 

I send my other account the test preview but I still need to check four times before I know. I still don’t know if my thank you template goes to my readers right away. I want to fix something in my thank you template but I am not sure if the original thirty will get it again on top of the new subscribers.

Growing Pains…Finding Out the Hard Way

E-mail lists and how to get them. 

I tripled my e-mail list today. Granted there were four of us on it (yes, one dropped me like a hot potato, and yes I am still on the list). The struggle is real! If anyone tells you differently, they are either lying or not authors.

Well, I prepared the reader’s magnet. I had the book funnel. I updated the covers on my e-books to make them fancy and professional. Granted, I don’t have the means to hire anyone, but I know how to work a computer and is a free service. I fake it ’til I make it. 

Growing Pains…Establishing an E-Mail List

I used a few shortcuts in the past and so far it’s not working out that great. I am almost four months in and have little to show for it (9 books, enough money to go food shopping). I decided to try this out and I will see where it leads me.

If I do this for two weeks and I still only have that one email, then so be it. I will contact that person and welcome her/ him to my launch team. Free reads for everyone! Considering it is only one, I can handle it.