A million to one unexpected things happened to me in 2016, but what I definitely didn’t expect was to still be single this February. I shouldn’t be surprised. I’m well into my late twenties and I’ve never been in love, so why did I think 2016 would be any different? Rather ironically, as you can tell from the title, I love to write about romance. So here I am, conjuring up angsty love triangles, while being unable to experience one for myself. Even just last night I had a dream that I was Cinderella (with the happy ending and the handsome Prince on a white horse). All I can say is, waking up was a pretty disheartening experience…
I’ve heard from many avenues that contemporary romance novels are the way to go if you want to make it big and snag yourself a traditional publisher. While I believe this to be true, I’m thinking I should just write whatever the hell I like and self-publish instead. I don’t care if I don’t make a penny, as long as I’m doing what I love, I’ll be happy. I’ve always been a strong advocate for the self-publishing industry, and I don’t think that will ever change. The question is, can I convince myself to do it?
I’ve heard from many sources way more experienced than me, that to be even moderately succesful at self-publishing, you really need to be pushing out 3-4 books a year. While I know I can manage this (I wrote Mesmerise in 3 months), I’m not sure I could repeat that four times over in a year! Like, that’s just pure insanity. Especially now that I’m studying part-time and working full-time. There’s never enough time is there? I can see now why I’m single.
Another major hurdle will be the editing side. It can cost anywhere from $500 – $2,000 to get your novel edited by a professional, with the vast range in expense reliant on the type of editing you’re looking for. At the moment I can’t really afford even the cheapest of editing packages, so I’ll have to rely on my writing friends to help me out before I can hire a professional.
This is what my writing plan would look like if I were to write 3-4 books a year:
Completed but needs professional editing
The Echo In The Woods
40,000 words to go
37,000 words to go
42,000 words to go
60,000 words to go.
Sequel to Mesmerise
67,000 words to go
Sequel to Spellbind
60,000 words to go
13,000 words to go
This plan gives me three months to work on each novel, though I’ve given myself a head start as I’ve already plotted and started writing each novel (so should be easier than if I was starting from scratch.) Looks like this year could turn out to be a productive one! And if it doesn’t at least I had fun creating the book covers.
I better get started. Only 319,000 words to go!
Oh and before I forget, here’s something for all the single valentine’s day champions out there.
It’s a video.
But it’s the best video.
In whole world.