Whoopsies!

I wrote an awful lot of fiction during April, and in my glee at finally having a little free time back, I forgot that yesterday was a post day. Oops!

To make up for it, here’s a progress report of everything that has happened in the last month.

I started IVEYbooks

Enough is enough. I did enough talking and thinking about it, so finally at the end of March, I took the plunge. I found the right form online, registered Ivey Books as a business name in Pennsylvania, and that was it. It’s real now, and since it’s real, it requires action.

I took a little action right away. I registered the domain (before the business bit with the state, actually), got the blog started, and the site up and running. During April I added bits and pieces to it as I had time, which wasn’t always a lot.

I posted a story a day

That brings me to my second activity. I decided to take on the Blogging from A to Z Challenge April 2012, and I decided my theme was going to be posting flash fiction of around 1,000 words every day. I didn’t write every day, but I wrote enough to feel like it consumed my entire month. Rather like NaNoWriMo, actually, which I love, and so I loved the challenge of this as well.

I finished with about 30,000 new words under my belt, and a bunch of stories that need editing before I will pull them into a collection to self-publish before the end of the year.

I published my first work!

(There’s a post about it over on IVEYbooks!)

Not the first thing I’ve ever written, of course, but I had a publishing company. I needed to learn how to use it.

It was not easy. It wasn’t super hard, but it has a curve, which is why I’ve heard it suggested to practice with short stories first.

I also managed to sell 2 copies! I didn’t do much marketing, as most of my time in April was sucked up with writing and a website design job. That’s my bad, but I’ll work harder on it as I have more time.

I joined Scribophile

Have any of you heard of this? I really want people to help proof my work, but I feel so awkward asking my friends in writing because I know how busy we all are. There’s a site I stumbled on through another publishing house that is comprised of people who are out there to review your work, earn points, and then submit their own work for review. I just posted the first chapter of my NaNoWriMo ’11 novel, and am getting some really good feedback.

The hard part, of course, is not losing my voice in someone else’s head. I’m going to work on that.

And that’s about it! I was really, really busy, but it was good. And now that I don’t have any projects to do with other people or deadlines other than my own, I find I’m relaxing almost too much. I have some personal goals for the year, and the year is ticking away. I need to get a move on!

Wish me luck!

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3 thoughts on “Whoopsies!

  1. Erin says:

    That’s a busy month, for sure. Kudos on your start down the publishing path, and good luck with Scribophile!

    • Nicki says:

      Thank you! I am getting good out of it already, although of course I worry about losing voice in the search toward perfection. We’ll work on that.

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