I’ve been working for the past week or so not just to establish this website, which is getting there, but also to update accordingly all of my other online presences. In the process of doing so, it has occurred to me just how disengaged I’ve been, at least at most of those sites, over the past year or so.
I was so distraught over the state of the publishing business—specifically, the old mainstream, brick and mortar publishing business—and the sheer folly of trying to break into that as a first-time author of thrillers, I just checked out. I told myself I would re-engage when the market recovered. Sure.
Now that I’ve concluded that the old mainstream market wallows in the throes of slow death, and now that I’ve decided to move forward in the e-Publishing arena, I feel positively reinvigorated.
Yes, I have re-engaged. Feels good.
I still have plenty of work to do, not the least of which is a final polish (I swear it’s my last one!) of my manuscript. I just wanted to take one last spin through, and should finish that by the end of April. I also have to finalize the plans I’m kicking around to develop a team, an e-Publishing Group, to maximize the likelihood of success. I’m a bit apprehensive, simply because this is a new arena, yet I’m fired-up for the same reason. I love putting on my troubleshooter’s cap and brainstorming new possibilities. Fun stuff.
I’m a couple weeks away from announcing my full plan (I should say our plan, as I’m working it out with my first teammate) to some select individuals, and possibly opening it up to potential participants (primarily writers with similar goals), but I can’t keep my brain from running a thousand miles per hour.
Man! I should have listened to my own advice, which I offer at the end of all my blog posts:
‘Til next time, and as always, remember: To write well, you must work hard. To succeed in this tough gig, you mustn’t be lazy (or discouraged).
Interesting concept, Diamond. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. It’s a new world out there. Tough to know exactly how to navigate it.