#SelfPubbingProblems or #AuthorProblems (& Mah Plans – 08/09)

Ain’t it funny how the phrase ‘first world problems’ has become so common? And how quickly we, as people, have adapted the phrase to fit other problems.

Pen2My current problems are certainly of the ‘first world’ variety. More than that, they are problems only experienced by authors and/or self publishing writers.

I’m doing the background fluff required to get my cover art produced for Silk Over Razor Blades. I’m excited because I get to talk with a bunch of arts that I’ve either loved for years, or have recently discovered and have, as a result, studiously stalked across the internet.

The interest in creating art for the story I’ve written is both terrifying and humbling. I had no idea I’d reach a point at which I’d have to choose between interested parties, rather than begging them to work with me.

Certainly a first world problem. An author problem. A self pubbing problem.

Problems I’m thrilled to have!

That’s all I’m going to say for now. I don’t want to talk overmuch about something that isn’t decided yet. I just wanted to check in and let you know that progress is being made.

I’m also getting positive feedback from my editor too and I should have the file back before the end of the month so I can work on it and do my bit. 🙂 It’s all getting very, very real. Let’s just put it like that. Yet another author problem that I’ve not experienced on this level before now. Gotta say, I’m loving it!line break, swirling graphics, from openclipartI might have taken the advice to ‘chill out’ a bit too seriously. Also, when I wrote last weeks goals I forgot that I was going to be off work for three nights because of a LARP. Something I didn’t keep in mind at the start of the week when I had two nights off. So I pretty much only worked on Tuesday. Ha! Oh well, it was a nice week and I feel refreshed, despite the ache in my bones from running up and down hills for two days.

Last week

Spend at least two nights NOT working*
Five nights. Heh. Yes, I worked in the day, so it’s not as bad as it sounds, but five nights off. Two of which were spent in a tent. Maybe that’s why I feel so light and bright right now.

Get at least three early nights sleep*
I did it. Some as a result of forcing myself to curl up under the duvet, and one because I had no choice. It was either lie down or fall down. :p

girl in purple asking questions

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Find two potential cover artists and get in contact
Yup. Have two INCREDIBLE artists in mind right now. Both so wonderful that I’m considering commissioning both and using one for a ‘special edition’ cover and one for the ‘normal cover.’ Kinda depends on funds.

Outline marketing plan
Still no. It’s the sort of thing I would have done in the evenings but didn’t because I was sewing clothing or chilling with a DVD. Maybe this week?

This Week

  1. Spend at least two nights NOT working*
  2. Get at least three early nights sleep*
  3. Decide what I’m going to do about cover artists
  4. Outline the damn marketing plan (third time’s the charm)
  5. Complete some more story outlines for Fab Fables
  6. Pick a story to submit somewhere (and submit if no work required)

*Again, not writing goals, but having them here is helpful to me as a reminder. So, going forward, I will continue to include these things in my list.

Sorry this is a bit of a scattered post. My head is still full of elves and orcs and goblins and beastkin, which makes it quite hard to write a sensible post. On the one hand, it’s wonderful because fantasy LARP has given me great fodder for future stories, but unless I can get my head out of The Vale it’s going to be a hard week for getting things done.

Snap out of it, Illy!
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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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6 Responses to #SelfPubbingProblems or #AuthorProblems (& Mah Plans – 08/09)

  1. I think your goal of early nights is an excellent one! I stay up far too late. And it must be fun choosing cover designs 🙂


    • So far I haven’t felt the benefits of the early night but I’ve not really been consistent. I’m hoping it leads to earlier mornings without wanting to keel over and die! Then I can transfer that extra energy into being ‘super mun’.


  2. Glad to hear you’re getting some cover art lined up!

    I’ve been doing some artwork this week. No, not a book cover. A couple of textures for a mod for a game called Rimworld, actually. Because they’re so small, the work is fun and I can learn a couple of things without it becoming a huge project. And of course, I get to admire my work in the game when I’m done!

    Here’s a wee tip for any aspiring artists out there. You can use a perspective tool on a path. For example, if you have a circle or elliptical path, you can change it so that it looks like you’re seeing it from the side and slightly above. Like the lip of a round biscuit jar. 🙂


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