I've put in a lot of effort to making this revision of The Other Side of 30, 2nd Edition (TOST2), something that readers can enjoy as much as (hopefully more) than the last release. I'm a good kind of tired, with lots more to be done, to make sure that the book is available for purchase on time. Figuring out these links is exhausting, but I want to make finding and buying my book an easy task, so I gotta just work it out.
And right on the heels of the TOS2, is the Up from Here project, and then The Other Side of 40 (TOSF), my sort of sequel to TOST2. All of this, I'm hoping to get accomplished by the end of the year. Whew! Work, work, and more work! But I'm liking this life.
I said I wanted to own my own publishing house, and that's what I've got. And everything that goes along with it. Planning, budgeting, publicity, marketing, hiring editors, designers, publicists, and running everything by my attorney and accountant before making my decisions. It's not what I thought it would be like, but it's nice to be in this kind of control. Plus, once I'm good and off the ground with my own pet projects, I'll be a better informed and vastly more experienced publisher. I can start helping other unknowns and upstarts to get their chances at sharing their work with the world.
I'm not in the "Awesome" phase, yet, but I think I'm on the right track. I no longer fear not being "good enough" If someone doesn't like the work, I just tuck that away into the "needs improvement" file, and know that I just have to keep improving and growing.
I think that's important for anyone who would call him/herself a writer. I think that writers who don't improve and grow are not being the best they can be.
As always, good luck, to all writers and artists to put out the best products possible. We have to remember that no matter how hard the work is to get to quality, junk peddling is not an option. Love the craft.