Writing well is not easy. Some people can push out a book a month. One writer pushed out a book a week for a year. I can barely write a chapter a day. Even at my best pace, I can only write about 30-40k a month. My first novel, Blood Born, is 80k words. I started writing it when I was 17. I’m 34 and only just finished it.
My point? Cut yourself a break. We all want to be professional writers. We would love to be able to support ourselves by doing what we love. To do so requires a change in mindset. We have to look at our passion as a business, and that is hard. It takes time to come to terms with such a shift in mindset. If we want to survive by writing, then we have to forge our writing into a tool for survival.
I read a lot of fantasy. A LOT. If you clicked on this entry, you probably read a lot of fantasy too. Most of the fantasy books I’ve read include at least one map. Now, I’m writing a fantasy novel. Should I include a map of the world I’ve built? I’ve sketched out the map and plan to send it to a professional. Have any other authors had trouble formatting their map within the book?
Today, I begin my self-publishing journey. I am nervous. Mainly, I worry about spending a ton of money to get the book edited. I know I need to spend the money to make the book readable, but that doesn’t make the anxiety any better. Any advice on how to vet editors? On a positive note, my cover is ready.