Another cloudy, chilly fall day at the Home Office/Studio in Gretna, Nebraska. In about ten minutes, I’m going to join a zoom class/meeting about the author side of the app Goodreads. It’s supposed to be easy to do, yet, I can’t find anywhere in what I’ve looked at to enter the author side. This should tell me what I need to know. It’s a relatively cheap way to get your books in front of the public. It adds to the excitement the next couple months hold for me.
November will be a very busy month for me; working towards my dream of publishing a book. There is a lot of work; a lot to learn; and a big learning curve, too. The talk was quite good about Goodreads. One more thing to coordinate. Even though I could have spent years finding an agent, getting a publisher to be interested in me, and earn pennies for the writing, I thought it would be much better to become an independent publisher. I get total control over my projects. I’m taking all the blame for when things go wrong, and all the credit when they go right. Cool!
The other evening, the Babe and I were watching a show we love on Netflix (Heartland). One of the characters was reading a book to their baby girl. The Babe looked at me and said, “Someday, that will be your book being read.” How sweet. Sometimes I wonder what we would have accomplished if we would have met years earlier? The trouble with that is we wouldn’t be who we’ve become now. We might not have learned all the hard lessons life teaches. The wonderful thing is what a gift it is to have this wonderful man encouraging me. I’m a lucky woman. And he’s a lucky man, too.
Planning, executing, and achieving is all worth it. I’m steps closer to gaining an audience (both as Grandma Kathy and as Kathy Raabe, Author), and I marvel at the people willing to share their knowledge. It seems to be a thing now to create courses for fellow authors, publishers, etc. I don’t need more things to “do” than all the learning and writing I’m plotting out now. It’s interesting to follow some of these authors and see what they do.
In the meantime, I’ll blog, study, read, and enjoy being inside on these chilly days. I have several months of work ahead of me. I’m looking forward to it, too. Fall, Winter, and early Spring are perfect times for this. Stay with me, and we’ll learn a lot together. Remember, my 70’s will be my most productive decade. And at the end, we’ll have some books to sell. It’s going to be fun. thank you for reading again today, and I’ll see you tomorrow!