I've finished the final edits on the next novel I'll publish, The Hieroglyphic Staircase. Now I let it rest. In a couple of weeks, I'll look at it one last time then send it to Bookbaby to publish for e-readers. While I was working on the edit of the HS, my current WIP (work in progress) was resting. I finished about 100 pages of this latest book, and let it rest. I'll go back now and work from the beginning adding, editing, cutting as I comb my way through those first 100 pages. I've been writing down ideas as I think of them in the notebook I keep by date of my progress on a book. It seems like I have to back away from a novel for a while to let it settle, then I can go back with fresh eyes to see how it looks. I usually have two or three projects I work on at a time, so that at any one time, one of them is resting.
One thing I learned at the e-pub conference (see previous post) or should I say what the authors there confirmed once again is having a body of work. Not just one novel but a collection or at least two. Readers cans read one novel and if it is good, they will look for others. If you only have one novel up there, readers will be disappointed. I've heard Nora Roberts speak several times. She said she has at least half a dozen novels written and in the queue for publication. Can you say that? Get to writing.
The weekend of March 24 and 25 I spent in Portland at an e-publishing conference. I came away thinking I really could be an author and have a writing career. Three self-published authors who presented there had three different pricing and marketing philosophies for their print and digital books, and they were making money. Amazing concept for an author to make money (okay, outside of the Big Names on the bestseller lists). I got some good ideas like guest blogging and doing reviews of everything, joining online communities like Goodreads, Library Thing, and Shelfari as a reader.
Online promoting is bewildering and is a long learning curve but not impossible.
I'm a serious writer, meaning I have a regular daily writing habit, and I'm interested in sharing my work through publication. My favorite literary form is the novel. I write to entertain myself and my readers.