No, I’m not talking about the world with Trump. I’m talking about the world of indie authors. Can I just say this? I’m floored by the community of hard-working, professional, and highly collaborative people I have become acquainted with during the past few months. A strange mix of big and small entities working hand in hand, I actually enjoy my interactions with Amazon, Kobo, iTunes and the like. I’ve found them all quickly responsive, helpful, and surprisingly warm in their correspondence with me. It’s as if they’re on my side! Wow wow wow.
And then there are the new smaller companies who are serving up things like email management services, lead page development apps, website plug-ins that do super cool things I could never have done before, and venues within which to offer something free in trade for a lead. They too are personable and responsive. Again…it’s like they’re on my side! So weird!
In the middle of the big and the small companies are the helpers. People like Mark Dawson (an extremely successful indie author), James Blatch ( highly successful journalist, video producer, and fledgling indie author), and John Dyer (an incredibly capable technical resource who mixes patient encouragement with the detailed steps a newbie like me must follow in order to install a Facebook pixel on my website). These three, known internally as The SPF Triumvirate, triple-handedly put together the most comprehensive, anticipative, professionally polished, self-paced online course I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot. The course covers EVERYTHING an indie author needs to know and do to build their indie author machine. And if that’s not enough, the SPF Triumvirate delivers the course with kindness, patience, and a sincerity of personality that is rare in these days of endless hard-sell webinars.
I’m in hog heaven. The course has fed me well since I began working through the modules in early December and I’m fat with new knowledge and ideas for how to prepare for the launch of Rescuing Christina.
What’s happening with Rescuing Christina? More than I thought there would be at this point, but as I’ve said before, I’m here to serve the story and not the other way around. Having spent hundreds of hours researching records and remembering details, I managed to frame out the entire book (a 286 page frame) and then asked a developmental editor to give it a look-see. The good news is this: the arc of the story and the pacing are right on. Woo-hoo! The other news is this: it’s still just the frame. Now I need to put meat to the bones. Meat to the bones? How long will this book be?
There is no bad news. I’m excited about the next phase of writing. However, I must admit, in a way I’m feeling a little blue about having to step away from the fun we’re all having in indie-land.
But I’ll be back.