It has been a busy couple of weeks for me. In addition to getting Unleash Your Writer finished and out, I have also been working on getting a crowdfunding project together to get Iceland: A Stormy Motorcycle Journey translated into German. Toss in there my little girl starting walking and you have a woman who loves to see her babysitter coming. Although I would be lying if I said I did not love getting back into the full swing of writing and publishing again. For the first six months of my daughter’s life it was like I had blinders on. Nothing existed for me outside of her. As she began to wake up to the rest of the world I found myself doing the same. And that itch to write began a full fledged burn. There was definitely a learning curve, which is why I stressed in the parenthood section of Unleash Your Writer to be gentle with yourself dear new mama or papa. But practice makes perfect, or Übung macht den Meister as the Germans say. And just as she is getting her feet under control and every day she is steadier and more confident, so am I! 🙂
Translating our books is something I have wanted to do for a long time. Although I was able and confident in translating Fernweh from German into English, translating from English into German is not remotely feasible for me. And although The German is all too happy to help me out with formatting issues or cover design, writing is not his calling. He is happy with his one book. Even if he was not, GoEuro is his current baby. He has no time to translate and he likes it that way. However, we thought why not experiment with crowdfunding as a low risk way to get the book translated. If there is not enough interest we have only spent our time. Which in and of itself is very precious as new parents and our professional roles as a writer and CTO of a start up. (I assume if you read this far you know which one of us is which.)
And so the idea to crowdfund the project was born. I will keep you posted on the progress and if you want to support it by either buying our book in English or reserving the future German copy please do so by clicking on the following link!
These are all pretty well known resources and for good reason. They are simply fantastic in their detail and “how to” approach. You may already know them. But I am posting them here just in case you are just starting out and need a place to start, or are curious as to what I think are the best of the best resources out there for indie writers.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s The Business Rusch series.
Joanna Penn’s The Creative Penn Joanna has a great blog and podcast, of which I recommend both.
I am not including any books as I assume if you are checking out these sites for the first time you are a newbie and they have more than enough free info to get you started (as well as to take time away from your writing). Having said that, if you insist on a book then head over to Smashwords and download Mark Croaker’s free e books The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success and Smashwords Book Marketing Guide.
Then do the most important thing (as in above all others) for self publishing success: WRITE!
Then listen to one of the greats! Ira Glass knows how to craft a story and is simply one of the best out there today. What I love about this series is how he shares how bad he was at first. (As in not just rejection, but simply horrible). So on those days you feel like your draft is shit – perhaps it is not – but if it is, see it as one of the stepping stones you need to go through in your practicing to be great! Below is part one of four (all of which are available on Youtube so I am only posting the first here).
If you are anything like me you are armed to the teeth with healthy living inspiration books and cookbooks. I do want to eat what is right for me and does not make my body or the earth sick. Much like learning a language however, I have somehow convinced myself that going to the bookstore is enough to set me on the right path. Invest the money in buying the stuff that tells me how to do it and somehow I am already halfway there.
Of course spending Christmas with my family in Newfoundland meant that I abandoned all pretense of healthy eating. I would wake up and my family would find me face first in a lemon pie because it might be a year or more before I get to eat my dad’s cooking again.
Then I come back to Germany and I am going back to the gym again, and I am buying organic food (mostly) and eating ok.
And then the news the family has been waiting for for the past 3 months comes and I eat the sweetie supply I brought back with me for emergencies. Well this counted as an emergency but I was thinking something a little more along the lines of a bad day. And that it should last longer than a binge. And although my aunt would tell me to eat well and enjoy, I am not so sure she would want it to be in the form of lards of fat that make me sick in the process of trying to make myself feel better.
I need to work on that one. The supply is gone and I am sitting with organic tea trying to calm my stomach and just feel better.
She was an amazing woman and she will be missed.
Paige getting frisky:
Aunt Liz telling her two can play that game:
I love those pictures.
But for now I am going to mourn
My NaNoWriMo slowed down the last week. Mostly I could blame work, there was enough of it, but really I can and should blame the YOU SUCK monsters. They crawl into your head and tell you that everything you write is pointless and that, well, you suck. Toss in there that I have become completely disillusioned with my masters program and you have a non writing girl this past week.
And then someone sent me this:
And I fell madly in love with it. I liked Eat. Love. Pray even if I did not get the mad hype behind it. But maybe that is because Ive always indulged in all 3 at will and in full abandon (although admittedly much less of the praying variety and too much of the eating variety).
But what really struck me was her comment on people’s reactions when you tell them you want to write. The mix of pity and horror, followed by the either “you will never be successful,” or should you have success it’s followed by the “but you will never have success again!”
Why do we do that to ourselves and others? For myself when I am writing for myself I love it. You can almost always tell if I have been writing that day by how happy and free I feel. Should you ask to see it you will get an instant snapping shut of the happiness lid and I will regard you in return with the “are you crazy?” eyes. And it all comes back to the fact that I do not want anyone giving me crap or even praise over what I write. Both make you crazy, even if it is for the wrong reasons. Its Revolt of The Masses all over again, we are so afraid of what the mass will say we willingly squash what is wonderful and creative within us. We do it because it is not the best, or its stupid, or others will laugh. When really we should let them laugh. It does not matter how good it is. It makes me happy! It makes me happy without infringing on the happiness or rights of others, and it makes my job that pays the bills one I enjoy because it allows me the free time to indulge in that which I love, should I choose to share it or not, and should I choose to share, I still loved writing it should I find an audience for it or not.
In other words, why is success based on money and not on how happy you are in your own personal life? Why am I less successful for choosing something that makes me happy but low in pay over someone who is miserable but has 6 figures in their bank account every year?
And on that note I am going back to work on my fledging book and I leave you with more food for thought:
I am shameless in the neglect of this blog. Journizer episodes are slow to come out, and I tend to let myself get caught up in other tasks then updating this space. I promise to try to change that. But I am blogging regularly over at Unleash Your Adventure. So if you are really curious about my trip to Iceland you can read all about it over there, and as those podcasts (vodcasts, I know) come out I will post them here as well.