The first next step I took after selling my first two books was the necessary paperwork with my publishers. Then there was researching author collectives within my genres and applying. (This is a subject I'll touch upon in a later post.)
For this post, I'll jump to my first real next step - working with my editor (who's amazing!). When I received my first round of edits a few days ago, I honestly thought I was going to puke. The idea of opening them and seeing the mountain of work I had ahead of me made me want to run for the hills. But when I opened them yesterday I discovered they weren't as bad as I'd imaged. There's work to be done - yes - but it's totally doable.
IWSG pondering #1: How do you see yourself as an author? Are you harder on yourself then need be? Do you avoid giving yourself a pat on the back when deserved?
My other next step in authorship is designing my own author website. I currently have one, but it's mainly an off-shoot of this blog. Now that I actually have books coming out I need to highlight them, my publishers, and myself as an author. Phew...It's been a ton of work. The biggest challenge has been deciding what to include on the website and where to put it. I ended up spending a few days surfing cyberspace for author websites - I'm sure I checked out a few of yours. *Thanks for being such great examples, btw.* And as you can see, designing that site led me to revamping this one. I wanted to simplify Writer's Alley.
IWSG pondering #2: No matter which step you were just at, how did you manage the next one?
Splat: Due to those edits, I won't be around for the rest of the month, excluding for a fabulous middle grade book I'm highlighting on the 7th. I want to wish each of you a wonderful, happy, & safe holiday! And please come back in the new year for my new website and special newsletter reveal with all sorts of goodies and exclusives!!! I'm nervous....
The purpose of the IWSG is to share and encourage, posting on the first Wednesday of each month. You'll find writer doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Support and a common understanding spread throughout the group as many fellow writers can relate. Feel free to JOIN in anytime.