I’ve been busy these past few months, that’s for sure.
My normal list of activities include:
– Working a 9am -6pm job
– Making time for family and friends
– Running my non-profit writing group CBW-LA (www.cbw-la.org)
– Fulfilling my duties for SCBWI
– Preparing for next month’s martial art belt test (going from my Brown belt)
I’m also currently preparing from my first ever speaking engagement outside of my CBWLA group. One of the writing groups in our area had heard about my Kickstarting Your Writing Career workshop last January, so they invited me to give a similar talk to their group this coming week. I love teaching so I’m really looking forward to this event.
When do I have time for writing? It’s hard, let me tell you that. But it’s definitely doable if you love it enough. I’m happy to report that I’ve been writing almost every day for the past two months.
And I’m two chapters away from finishing rewriting URTH, the novel I wrote two years ago. Wohoo! I’m hoping to finish today.
I’ll have to set it aside and let it marinade before I dive into revisions. And while I’m gaining distance from my manuscript, I’ll be catching up on critiques for my critique partners and continuing my self-publishing research/planning.
Yup, I’m one of those people who like to do a lot of research before they jump into any new venture. And since I’ve been thinking about self-publishing, I’ve been reading up on the subject.
So far, I’ve finished the following books:
APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Scott Welch
Make a Killing on Kindle: The Guerilla Marketer’s Guide to Selling Your Ebooks on Amazon by Michael Alvear
The Complete Guide to Self Publishing by Marilyn Ross and Sue Collier
The Self-Publishing Manual Volume 1 by Dan Poynter
The Self-Publishing Manual Volume 2 by Dan Poynter
Although most of these books say the same things, each of them still have nuggets information that are unique and equally valuable. I’ve learned a lot about self-publishing, that’s for sure, but I still have at least five other books/ebooks that I plan to finish reading (because I’m a nerd). J
Well those are my updates so far. It’s a bit overwhelming when I list it all down like this, but I still do find time to sleep and watch a few favorite shows here and there.
So what about you? What have you been working oh these past few months? What’s keeping you busy these days?
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