Another one bites the paper dust

Being winter in Australia, our garden is fairly bare. Nevertheless, I feel a need to smell the roses.

In the past 15 months I have published four novels and three smaller collections as eBooks. Three of those novels are now available as print-on-demand books in the United States and Britain. The latest is Who Knew Tasmanian Tigers Eat Apples! which is now available in POD from Amazon.

I’m waiting on new cover art for Escape from Mad Bill’s Island, and as soon as it arrives that book is all formatted to go into print, too.

Eighteen months ago I knew very little about online book publishing.

But I embarked on a steep learning curve because I needed to find out if this was something that would work for me after I had lost my job because of illness. I’m fine but I have to work around my limitations.

I’m quite energised by what I’m doing, and I’m heartened by the potential to make this an income stream. I’ve always believed the harder you work, the luckier you get. I am grateful people in the Indie publishing industry are very willing to share information because they’ve helped me come a long way. I have listened to hundreds of podcasts and devoured lots of tips I found on industry Facebook sites.

I spent a long time working on newspapers and my first three books on Amazon were collections of columns I had written over the years. My sole intent with these was to learn on the job. I started with Scrivener software but I’ve now progressed to Vellum.

I also cheated with the four novels. Only one of these was written solely in the past 18 months — in fact, I wrote the first draft during NaNoWriMo in November.

I’ve spread my wings, too. Although I started with Amazon, some of my work can now also be found on Apple iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble. All these platforms give me access to a large list of countries.

This is why then I am stopping to smell the roses. It’s been an high-tempo 18 months.

I won’t linger for long though. I have work to do.

I want to deliver three novels a year (the pacesetters are doing a lot better than that!).

I start on that task on Monday.

I want to complete one more novel this year, and two first drafts.

I’m not sure what the first cab off the rank will be.

I have in mind a novel with a female protagonist and antagonist, but I’m starting too think about Windy Mountain #3 and Mad Bill #0 (a prequel). All three have held pole position on different days, so I’ll see what wins the nomination when I wake up on Monday.

© John Martin