First, I should start by saying sorry, or at least explain where I’ve been. It’s been about a month since my last post which is out of the norm for me. If you consistently follow this blog, you’ll know I post once a week, usually on Wednesday mornings. Well, that hasn’t been happening and to put it simply, I became a bit overwhelmed. Having so much to do with so little time in the day led to a big burnout and, so, I stepped away from the blog. However, I’m back now, my tail is fluffed, and I’m ready to go.
During, my “break” (or breakdown, your choice) I had time to do a lot of introspection. I could actually sit down and just think about how I was feeling and where the heck my life was going. This lead to a revelation.
As stressful as it may be at times, self-publishing has taught me a lot. Yes, there are some “hard” skills that I’ve acquired such as KDP/Createspace formatting and some skills in Photoshop. More importantly, however, it’s taught me more about myself including how damn tenacious I really am.
I’m always odd about discussing myself, specifically giving myself praise. I believe in humility, yet sometimes I think I need to give myself props. We all need to give ourselves a pat on the back every now and again.
With that said, I am a determined, relentless, ambitious, awesome, damn-near-close-to-an-Amazonian warrior badass. Yes, I said it and damn does it feel good. Call me arrogant if you’d like but typing those words felt REALLY good. Like ice cream sundae and fudge brownie on a swing good. You know what I mean?
As a self-published author, I had to go through a huge learning curve. I’m a big planner and I put a lot of thought into every aspect of my novel including the writing, editing, marketing, distribution and etc. Basically, I didn’t just jump into this head first and let the waves take me where they must, at least not with this novel. Some of my past work has been another story…
Anyway, there were some things I had to learn as I went along and there were so many times I wanted to quit. But I didn’t.
The other day I was setting up my first landing page with MailerLite. Now, hear me out here. I am, in no way, a tech person. I don’t wait for the latest gadgets, I’m not subscribed to any tech newsletter and I don’t have a natural affinity for anything tech. Besides the basics of computers and phones, I’m pretty much dead weight. This is a fact and, even though it took me hours, I set up my landing page successfully. Actually, I set up two pages successfully.
I typed away at my computer, hit up customer service twice, read some how-to articles and I didn’t stop until it was done. I didn’t have to call someone else in to set it up for me, I didn’t have to outsource (who has money for that) the work. I did it all on my own.
Basically, I’m proud of myself. And while this was one task on my to-do list, there’s so much I accomplish in a week. I handle the grocery budget for my household, as well as the actual cooking and most of the finances. I researched and requested reviews from several companies and already have a list of ARC readers set up (psssst…let me know if you want to join). I manage all of my own social media including the content, some of which I create myself. I also review books and am doing this while wrapping up my own novel and finishing up a work-in-progress.
Lastly, because I decided to hold back on grad school, I’ve had to alter my plans for the new year and my life seems to be taking an interesting twist. So, yes, I am very damn proud of myself.
Question: What are some things you’ve learned about yourself through writing? Any successes you’d like to share?
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