The Trials and Triumphs of an Independent Author

Today I will share with you, gentle reader, a brief glimpse into the trials and tribulations of a self published author.

Well I took the plunge and contacted, via their web page, KBOO here in Portland to see if they might have some time to fill with an unknown local author.  I’m very nervous about it.  I know that’s silly and yet here I am.    I was only going to mention my upcoming novel In The Flesh, but a friend suggested that The Shadow of The Hand of God was very timely and they might be interested in that too. So I checked out their FAQ to see about how to contact them and did so.

Then I discovered a huge GLARING error in the description for The Shadow of The Hand of God on Amazon and had to fix it.  Funny that my Kindle account had it correct.  Turns out Createspace, whom I specifically and deliberately instructed not to update to Kindle, overwrote my Kindle account.  Swine.  They did it after I’d had several other people double check the upload on Amazon from my Kindle account.  So I don’t know when the error crept in but I was utterly mortified and spent a good part of the day working to fix it.

Ok so that’s a bit of the down side which, really isn’t all that Earth shattering in the grand scheme of things.  I was still pretty stressed and embarrassed all day.  Moving on to better things:  I was actually in bed, all cozy and just about ready to close my eyes when I suddenly had an idea, nay not a single idea but verily a whole swarm of ideas for a prequel to In The Flesh.  So what could I do but get my iPad and jot them down?  And then–then I had an idea for what exactly is the issue in the sequel and a name change for the working title from Lorelei to The Ancient War.

Oh I’d had a vague idea of what was going to happen in the sequel and have even jotted down a very rough outline.  But last night was an idea bonanza.  They just kept coming.  I know the name of the issue.  I know how to start the book and I know what I want some of the characters to do.  It was a busy bit of sleep deprivation.

The long and the short of this being that what I started out to write as one book does indeed look like a trilogy now.  I will be busy for the foreseeable future.  And I promised myself I’d let myself write a space opera.  I guess it’s going to have to wait now.  Hopefully not too long because I really want to write one.

As always, I hope you enjoy reading, as much if not more, than I enjoy writing.  K.