So in a previous post I mentioned I’m working on an anthology. I didn’t go into it too much as I was going to make a separate post. So here it is!
I have so many ideas for stories in my head and making books takes a really long time, usually years! So instead of doing 5 stand alone books, I thought I’d put them all in one, and shorten them a bit.
Each short story is its own story and does not relate to one another. They are all their own genre too. The first is a literary fiction/drama, the second is science fiction, the third is a romance, the fourth is an action/adventure, and the last is horror. I thought I’d try for genre specific stories with these short stories as a way to try out different things. Usually I write literary fiction without a clear genre. So I am excited and curious how I’ll do. I would say it shouldn’t take long to do these stories, but I am working full time and writing another book.
I’ll update as I go along so stay tuned! Until then…
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.