It’s been a while since I last posted, and there have been a few changes in my life. Well, really, there’s this one big change, and it dwarves everything else.
I quit my job, and I’m now a full time writer.
I still don’t make anywhere near enough money to make a living from my writing, but I quit anyway. Fortune smiled at me, and she gave me an opportunity too good to pass up.
It’s been quite a while that I’ve been dreaming of leaving the job to just write. I’ve not dared. It’s felt risky and unsafe. I was so comfortable where I was.
Now though, stuff happened, and for the time being I don’t need to worry about money. I can take the risk. So I did.
I’m stupidly, incredibly, unbelievable fortunate.
I can quit my job and do what I love. Even if it’s just for a while, I know I’d regret it for the rest of my life I didn’t do it. So that’s where I am right now.
It’s not quite as big and game changing as the above, but it still bears mentioning.
So, here goes…
I finished the second draft of Lost Dogs #5, and I sent it off to my beta reader. It will need quite a bit of work to get it in shape for publishing, but after reading the story myself over the past two days, I feel like it’s in a good shape. I’ll be able to fix the issues, and I’ll be able to release a story I can be proud of.
I also did a cover image for the new book. I’m not completely sold on it, but it’s good enough I probably won’t be tinkering more with it. It works – and it does look pretty cool even if I do say so myself.
I’ve started experimenting with advertising. Reasonably, I shouldn’t be expecting any success right away, but I can’t help but hope. I’ve got a number of campaigns running on Amazon, and I made myself a nice graphic for a Facebook ad campaign. It’s still quite early, and I can’t say how well any of that is going to work out, but if I’m going to try and make a living out of writing, I need to figure out how to get people to pick up my books.
Finally, and not all that interesting, I decided to take part in a writer’s challenge on Instagram, and the first assignment was to share my writing goals for the new year.
All in all, it’s a very exciting time to be me, and I’m really looking forward to see what the future has in store. Will this ship float, or will it sink?