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  • Writer's pictureC.A. Lightfoot

Into the New Year

Well, I've had to do a hard reset, goal-wise. It has been a long journey, since I started this blog. I wanted to take my writing more seriously, finishing projects, searching for agents.

Finishing projects I've done. I have searched for agents, taken classes, etc. It has been a long, winding, sometimes devastating journey on my own.

Writing is a very lonely sort of art. We sit for hours at our keyboards or notebooks, trying to get the wild imaginings in our minds onto some sort of physical plane. I've become pretty good at regularly getting words onto the page, its everything else I seem to have an issue with.

I've made the decision to go ahead and self-publish my second novel, Dark Ember. I want to have it edited, polished, covered, and out there by June, I think. Maybe that's shooting for the moon. I'll move the deadline if I need to.

I know that finding professionals to help me with this part of the journey is going to be an ardous task. I know nothing about marketing, I have no idea if I need a separate bank account for if any copies are sold. I guess I'll have to start with the research portion of the process whilst the book is being looked over/edited.

A lot of people have told me that the most common reason self-published authors fail is lack of professionalism and lack of marketing. I'm not saying I'm not absolutely terrified, but it is what it is. I was terrified when I started this blog, not that its garnered much in the way of traffic over the last few years.

I've wanted to throw in the towel so many times. Maybe I just don't have what it takes. Sure, my work might be all right (I have definitely read worse in traditionally published works over the years) but do I have the knowledge and time to make this work? Self-publishing is, basically, starting your own business. I have a full-time job and a family that takes a lot of time.

Basically, there are a thousand reasons why I shouldn't try this. There are millions who have failed at varying stages of their careers. I keep putting myself out there, wanting nothing but to have my work get into the hands of people who want to read it. Surely, that is enough. I mean, ALL of us want to be the next Cassandra Clare, Stephen King, or Sarah J Maas. That's the 'dream', isn't it? No one wants to be mediocre at anything, especially something they truly love.

So, I guess my point is that I have only two goals for 2023: Finish my third novel Mercy of the Fallen & get Dark Ember self-published.

I have to create a budget for cover art and editing, start looking into how to actually publish and what marketing I'll need to do. I hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew.

For now, I'm going to go start making some notes. I hope everyone is having a lovely start to the new year!


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