Although I felt sluggish today, I have a surge of energy. I recently started working on an anthology. At least, perhaps it’s just a bundle of short stories. Not sure how they can all connect to each other, but whatever, I’m back at writing. I don’t like getting lazy after working on a book and publishing. After Amazons of the Myst, I took a 4 year hiatus. I think writing is something that I just have to do. If I get too lazy and don’t write, years will go by. For now I’m feeling pretty good and hope that this “anthology” or whatever it is will keep up the pace. I’ll let you know more about it in another post.
It has been a month since I released my self published second novel, Journey’s End. As happy as I am, I cannot help but feel the struggle. I have only sold 4 books and marketing my book is very difficult. Self publishing can be very freeing for free spirits like myself. It allows me to get my thoughts out there, but that doesn’t mean it will be received at all. The comments from some of the readers have been positive. The issue is that I am unable to reach more readers.
The old Jasmine would have gone into a corner in her mind and wept, but I believe that anything is possible if you truly want something. I have reached out to local libraries and even a book expo for next year. I am not certain that it will help me become famous or known, but exposure is better than no exposure. I hope that the next few months and following year will allow me to broaden my horizons.
Until then, be sure to check out my sample chapters on this site. If you want to read more, please go to Amazon to purchase your kindle or physical copy!
Over the past few weeks, I have thought about what to do with my novel, Journey’s End. I really want to publish it and have it be polished. However, it has been a struggle to find a job, and hold on to the money I saved. I am doing a second edit at this time to make it presentable. I hope to find a real editor, but for now, these are my options. I have also found a website that will publish my book. I am also working with an artist to work on the cover.
For the past few weeks, I have gone through bouts of sadness. I feel like my life is awful and lacking since I left Japan. I am not as happy as I was then, and it has distracted me from what I truly want. I came back to America to be an author. I have now refocused and ready to make changes. I also need to focus on the good things and accomplishments. I am happy to say that I will make an effort to make this dream come true.
Hello groovy people. It has been a few weeks since I came back to New Jersey and I am busy! Between working on personal things, I am also trying to find a job. I started my Kickstarter project, but have very low expectations. I have been looking at a few editors and places to work on my book. However, things are at a weird standstill. Nothing is set in stone, and I’m bored. Life in New Jersey is very different from Tokyo.
In Tokyo, everything was accessible. The train station was a five minute walk from my apartment, and it was very cheap to go to any of the other towns. To get to New York cost $31! There is literally nothing to do in my current town. I find myself sleeping more, which is triggering old issues I’ve dealt with in the past.
Overall, I am trying to stay positive, but it is hard. Although I am lucky to live with my family, and they are supportive, going from an independent woman, to a jobless mooch is hard. The transition was not easy due to my last week in Japan being a perpetual hell. Regardless, I will keep making myself get out of bed and complete all of my tasks.
Good news though. I have recently started working on my fourth book. It is more science fictiony. A separate post will be about that book soon.
So now that I have completed my book, 23 days ago, I am in the process of editing it. It is a long process because I have to reread everything. I must pay close attention to my grammar, and all the other stuff. I am not the best at editing, but I will try really hard. I am happy that it is finished, and I’m almost done working in Japan. It has been a long year.
Once I finish editing, I have to copyright my book. So many parts, and so little time. As tired as I am after work, I continue to edit at night. Hopefully I can get a proofreader to edit my book too.
I have this great idea, where I sell my book on iBooks and Amazon. Then maybe I can save money on printing. Once I save more money, I can make physical copies. My dad gave me a great idea of selling them at a book fair. I can maybe buy a small space and sell it like a vendor. The exposure could be good for me.
There are many options, but for now, I have to edit. Uh, the lovely process of editing.