Firstly – I’m no longer a marketing consultant. I handed the business over to my Chief Editor, Michael Keenan. He’s now making Literary+ a linguistics collective and I wish him all the best with that. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. I love marketing and I’ve worked really hard for a long time to try and help indies. At the end of the day, it’s not worth it. It was a waste of my time and energy. So now I’m focusing on real progress and my new businesses.
This does mean no more mentions of my non-fiction book on marketing because it has been thrown in the trash! It’s a bit of a shame really, it was very thoroughly researched and contained everything an indie author could possibly have needed to market their book. Unfortunately, no one gave a damn about it so screw it. I’m not putting that much effort into something which people screamed out for but refused to actually back or show real interest in.
Fiction wise, I’m dabbling in a variety of bits. I’m starting to feel my muse returning and I’m seeing flickers of my stories again which is great. I poked at Niko’s story again – the canine shifter, I’d forgotten how well fleshed out he was as a character! He’ll definitely be written at some point but the time’s not quite right. Another story popped up which I’m curious about, it has a completely different feel but it’ll remain in the back of my mind for a while. That brings me to my favourite, the one I can’t shake off and I love it for it! My dear dark contemporary fantasy based right here in Prague. I’ve been developing the themes, seeing the images, looking into the minds of the characters and it’s coming together. I’m back in love with this story, and really excited about it. I’m not ready to write more on it yet but the notes are fantastic.
If my Prague one actually goes smoothly then it’ll be literature! Not genre fiction which I do love for the escapism, but actual literature! I can’t say I ever figured I’d pull off such a thing, a story with real depth, philosophical questions, something which could really, truly, affect people.
I may not be writing but I am making progress. I’m happy.