At the beginning of 2020 I planned to publish a prequel novella today – 30th June 2020.
I’m not and I have no idea when it will be ready. I know there is no point rushing and bringing out a book that isn’t the best I can make it, but I still feel disappointed.
I’ve realised that I need to relax and stop pressurising myself. Nothing terrible will happen if I don’t meet my own deadlines. That is the beauty of self publishing and being your own boss.
At the start of lock down I had hopes of publishing 3 books in a year! A prequel novella, the main book and then the sequel novella. Looking back now I see my crazy plan was unattainable. Hell, I haven’t even reached beyond a brief plan of the sequel and still have the last quarter of the main book to write. Now a beta reader suggests that the prequel novella should be novel size, so I no longer know where I am.
I would still like to get the first book out by the end of the year but I need to keep in mind that plans can change and that is just the way life is.
I also have ideas to publish a book of short stories and I’ve been working on a romance novella that could be a contender for publication later this year.
I have plenty to keep me busy and lots to look forward to in the future. I also want to work on getting more exposure for my 4 published books. Here they are, I still love looking at them.
A dose of reality….
My husband is very supportive of my dreams but we did have an honest chat about finances the other day. What he said has stayed with me and shown me that I need to get my act together. He said
‘Your books are our pension… so it looks like we’re going to starve.’
Puts things into perspective, doesn’t it!
I need to focus everything I have on these next few books and making them the best I can before setting any publication dates.
I hope having a bigger back catalogue of books will start working for me financially and if not, there perhaps at that point I’ll pull my head out of the clouds and get that proper job he’s always joked about. But not until I’ve given this my best shot.
I got a Czech publishing deal out of nowhere, so who knows if another great opportunity is just around the corner.
Stay safe and positive everyone.
Suzanne Rogerson – Author of epic and heroic fantasy
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