Besides putting up with my writing musings and writing adventures, which are really more about the writing process, now, you are going to have to put up with my end-product ravings. As many of you know, my first Amazon book came out for Father's Day Weekend, The Long Walk, and I made some pretty noob mistakes. I have learned a great deal. So, fast forward. This week, I'm publishing another short "La Bruja in the Orchard," and does it ever look gorgeous! I hope to have it done by this Wednesday for a Thursday or Friday release. Woo hoo hoo hoo!
There are still some challenges, though, and that is designing the print cover. I do love having that control, but Amazon is pretty proprietary. The templates are limited, so I will have to hire a professional for my next two pubs, ideally a designer that knows how to publish covers to Amazon. I have two designers in mind, but will most likely go with the first one because he is my friend's son. Send prayers my way that hire works out.
So, this morning, I worked on revising "La Bruja in the Orchard" and tweaked the description. I also worked on my novel draft The Harvest. I will have to hustle and hit it hard every day, if I am to finish by the end of June. My writing goal this week, is to write The Harvest a minimum of two hours a day. Fingers crossed!
Ideally, I want to have it done and revised by November, so I can start pitching it to publishers. I really do believe there should be a balance of print and digital publications. Besides, they take the same amount of work and work ethic. Self-publishing could be argued is more rigorous because it requires more work on your end to market and go beyond the writing process. I could see the case to have someone else handle all that. However, self-publishing is fun, hard, but fun, a kind of sick, misogynist fun.
Still, forget about all this publishing business. The real love, the passion is the actual act of writing and improving your writing. Everything else is icing. Write because you love it and because the stories you want to tell wake you up at ungodly hours, but don't forget to enjoy life and be present. These days, I am becoming more of space cadet, zoning off into my worlds more than usual, but writing emerges from life, from what is real. From relationships and being with others.
That is my other writing challenge, to be present in real life to the max.
Cross the finish line on your writing goals! I know you will. #Resist!
Dr. Jesú Estrada,