As life rolls on I find myself thinking more and more about my writing and how I want to change my habits. These dilemmas have been on my mind for the past few months and so far I’m not quite sure which of my possible options I want to carry out.
I want a new sleeker site, a quiet distraction free workspace, and more motivation and energy to carry out the plans I have bouncing around in my head. I’ve been brainstorming about how I can increase the eyes on my work and give more back to my support community. Podcasts and YouTube book reviews have crossed my mind, but right now I think those are both out of my scope. I want to work on making time for blogging, reviewing and posting doodles, while at the same time being able to take a month off to write without distraction or have a lull in my site content.
Then there’s monetization. Other authors have Patreon pages or ads on their site that help cover cost of books and site maintenance. But do I provide enough back to my readers to even be presumptuous enough to ask for money from them? Or sully my site with ads? I don’t know the answers to those questions.
Then there’s my plan for the future of my actual writing. In the last month I have submitted my work on Keeper’s to an agent while simultaneously submitting three of my short stories for a contest. While I would be thrilled for either of these opportunities to become fruitful, I am not expecting it. I can’t get my hopes up, and lets face it… who catches a break on their first submissions. What I’m more proud of, is that I did it at all. That is a huge accomplishment for me, and one I NEVER thought I would ever do.
All of this and more keeps me up at night and staring into space during the day. Oh, and then there’s my third novel stewing in my head, it’s going to be a good one. I’ll be plotting that out in the next few months so I can write the first 50k of it during NaNoWriMo.
As you can see… I’ve been pretty busy. :-)
What do you think.
Would you support a struggling author via Patreon?
Would you subscribe to Chanillo (or another subscription service) to read new fiction from me every week?
Would a new site draw you in and keep you coming back more often?