Now that I’m getting close to finishing my story, I need to start on the cover. Making covers has been the hardest thing for me. I really have no idea what I’m going to do for this cover. For the other two stories, I tried using the title and subject of the stories to design something. I haven’t picked a title for this story yet and neither of the titles I’m trying to decide on spark any inspiration for a cover. I can already tell I’ll be going around and around on this one. I’m going to change the title and the cover over and over until I drive myself nuts.
I didn’t finish much on my current story today. I was distracted thinking about a concept for a short story. I really want to concentrate on one story at a time but I knew if I didn’t write down my thoughts about the new story I would forget them. I know that from past experience. My mind has never been a steel trap; I have a very selective memory. 🙂
I’m in a good place with my story. 🙂 The main male character finally has a plan. Now I only have to write the ending. I’ll be sure to post when it’s finished.
Happy Valentine’s Day, I hope everyone had a good day. 😀 Mine went well, I finished a few more pages on my story. I hope tomorrow goes as well as today did.
I realized today that I’m letting my insecurities seep into my writing. Instead of just writing the story I’m worrying about how it will be perceived. I keep starting and stopping with the story I’m writing now asking myself if this story is better than the one I’ve already put out. I’m my own worst enemy. I’m not sure how to let all this negative energy go but I need to work on it.
I read an article written by this man that said there should be one format for ebooks and no DRM. I found the link on the Smashwords’ facebook page. I think it’s a good idea. Smashwords doesn’t use DRM and I didn’t enable it on Amazon. I also allowed lending. I don’t think being able to share ebooks with family and friends is a bad idea. I think it’s another way to gain readership. If one person likes your work enough to pass it along to a friend, the next story you put out you possibly have two sales.
I went to see my favorite librarian today, still no word if my book will be added to the library’s downloadable selection. I didn’t check my Amazon account today. My sister asked me last night why I check it every day. I thought about it and decided that I really shouldn’t check it so often; it just gives me an excuse to worry. I’m just going to let those stories be for a while and concentrate on the story I’m writing now. This is all new to me so I’m still working to find a balance.
I’m not going to send my story to the site to be reviewed. Rather than soliciting reviews, I’ll wait until someone has a strong enough reaction to one of the stories to write one. If I did send it to the review site, I’d just be feeding my impatience and insecurities. I’m going to take a big girl pill and leave well enough alone. No more worrying or posting about reviews.
Today I searched for sites that review books; I found a few. I’m not sure if I’ll send my story yet, although I’ve been posting I wish someone would write a review. In the back of my mind I keep hearing the saying, “Be careful what you ask for”. So I think I’ll sleep on it. I’ll also ask my sister what she thinks and she’ll tell me that’s up to me. Then I’ll keep putting it off until I work up the nerve to actually send it. 🙂
My short story is too short to be a Kindle Single. I’ll just have to wait and see what happens. It’s only been on Amazon five days; of course I can hear my sister telling me I’m too impatient. I’m going to search for more tips on marketing. I’m also looking into getting my books on the downloadable selection at the local libraries. 🙂