Ready or not, 2018 is coming around the bend. No time like the present to weigh my options as I approach a fork in the road along my literary journey. An arduous journey taken despite setbacks, hairpin turns, and rude awakenings—I’m weighing my options as an Indie author.
“Do I really want this, or am I doing it for the prestige, or because I think I should?”
Self-guilt wreaks havoc at the prospect of quitting and leaving my Contemporary Women’s Fiction novel, An Enlightening Quiche, in the lurch after it has merited: 2018 Golden Box Books Semifinalist; 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards “First Place, Best Contemporary”; ATAI 5-Star Badge; Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Seal; Midwest Review (5-Stars).
As 2017 comes to a close, I’m also proud of having compiled a Nonfiction Memoir Collection in October— 100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the ‘60s.
In December, I contributed the novella, “Mr. Wizardo” to a co-authored anthology of reimagined fairy tales for grownups, Once Upon a Fabulous Time, in conjunction with Indie Fabs: Aliya DalRae, R.M. Gauthier, JB Richards, Lyra Shanti, and Joanne VanLeerdam.
Herein lie the options presented at a fork in the road, with no guarantees for a significant increase in sales via either direction:
Write my next novel at my own pace, without setting a deadline. Stay the course with low-key marketing by posting free Facebook ads in promo groups (no Twitter account; no newsletter or swaps; no standalone author website).
Or, step up my writing to the tune of publishing a book per month. Perfect the trial-and-error method of fine tuning “key words” and shelling out money for targeted Facebook and Amazon ads that may result in clicks, but not necessarily yield sales.
Here we go ‘round the mulberry bush: “Just because a venture doesn’t make much money, doesn’t mean that it’s not valuable. The pursuit of dreams is part of what makes up a well-rounded life.”
Hence, I’ll pursue my dream of becoming an established author on my terms as I have right along.