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For Success, Let Your Ideas Sleep – and…

In Books, Career, Writing on March 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

I’ll get to the and in a minute.

Last night, after an inspiring weekend away at my East Coast shack, I had the kind of light-bulb moment that creative people dream of. Around midnight, – seemingly out of the blue – I sat up in bed and thought, Oh My God – I have to do this! There was no sleeping for me last night…

The idea in question will deliver me many of the things I want for the future – it’s sustainable, creative and profitable. And it’s so blindingly simple and elegant – as all best ideas are – that I could cry or laugh.

Interestingly, it’s an idea I had about 10 years ago, in my mid-twenties. I had, until last night, consciously forgotten about it.

Ten years ago, I’d recognised the idea as the bloody good one it was; I’d looked at it from every angle I could think of, trying to see how I could turn it into reality.

Unfortunately, as good as the idea was, I simply couldn’t see how I could let it be the best it could be in the mediums available to me. If you have to force something, then it’s probably not the right idea or the right time. So, I let my idea go (if you love something, and all that…). It’s a similar concept to knowing when to ‘kill your darlings’.

Except I obviously didn’t kill this one. I just buried it for a while.

My sub-conscious hung on to it until last night, when – presumably after a bunch of obscure triggers and letting my mind do its wandering/wondering – it came back to me in full force. And, this time, the production of it is not only perfectly possible – it’s perfect.

The landscape for writers and publishers is so vastly different now, and that is the crucial factor in the viability of my idea.

I’m so excited about this idea that it’s taking all my willpower not to drop everything else to get onto it. I’ve committed to self-publishing my novel, however, so the idea will have to wait a month or so (funnily enough, the plot for my crime novel has been a sleeper, too – it’s taken 5 years of germinating to come into bloom).

So, sometimes, for success, you need to let go of an idea that’s not working at that moment in time. Let it sleep for a bit.

And the and…?

Well. It’s simple:

Keep your mind forever open.

Checklist for Self-Publishing an eBook #2

In Books, Career, Crime & Mystery Writer, Writing on March 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

Since my previous post on this, there have been developments on the to-do front…

February

  • Complete editing of book GOD, NO… moved to March
  • Book design – internals, cover, epub compatibility CLOSE; rolled over to March
  • ISBNs x 2 (one for hard copy, one for online) DONE
  • Buy WordPress publishing template DONE (Templatic’s Publisher theme)

March

  • Complete editing
  • Complete book design
  • Create my author site* – including ‘store’ function**
  • Make a promo video

14 April

  • Launch author site (including video and free first chapter)
  • Email press release/teaser/video to book-publishing and media colleagues, plus to Titanic interest group and forums (the Titanic being a major plot device) – 15 April is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship, so I don’t want to miss that marketing boat…

Mid-May

LAUNCH!

Later…

Publish hard copy

*I’m going to have to bite the bullet on what name I go by as a fiction writer, as it’ll be my site URL. As I’m published in mainstream press under my real name, do I ‘liberate’ myself with a pen name (and, as Richard Curtis writes, possibly Perish by the Pen Name in the process), or do I have the guts/ego to be myself? My real name has traction already in publishing circles, so that’s probably the sensible, strategic way to go… Hmm.

**After a meeting with my web designer, he’s advised me against going down the path of the Templatic Publisher theme (while lovely, it’s too complicated as it turns out). He’s recommended customising a WordPress site that then redirects to a BigCartel ‘bookshop’, where the transactions will be handled fuss-free by the Pulley app (both ebooks and traditional books). At the moment, we’re looking at 1A3 Template for WordPress – but it’ll depend on how well my author logo (which includes a signature), masthead, style sheet (colours, fonts etc) fit into it. It looks pretty lean, but as it’s designed for writers, it can be beautifully customsied, and it suits the spare look I’m going for (to match my writing).

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