Move Along Indie Author, Move Along …by Susan Lute
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First, an update: Total word count written for Bear’s Full House (working title), 17,804. I didn’t add many words this week, BUT… I did get all the Amazon books working. Yay for the marvel of Jutoh! Also I’m reading Wait For Me (#129 this week on the USA Today Book List, where it’s make a strong showing for the last month) by Elizabeth Naughton. What a great read! I can barely put it down.
Now that I’ve got the Amazon books fixed, other projects are lining up. Today I was thinking about that and how important it is to figure out how to let go and follow the winding river. It’s like white water rafting. There are places in the river where rapids nearly dump you from the raft. And there are stretches so Zen-like smooth, you just know you’re on the right river. I wonder if the trick is knowing you’re on course while bouncing through the rapids? And what strategies do you need to get to that place of knowing? I have a suspicion it just takes practice.
There’s so much in life you can’t control. The publishing business is a prime example. What if we’re not supposed to be in control? That’s a scary thought for a control freak, because wind gliding without a tether doesn’t strike me as a safe or responsible sport. So many elements go into making up my day…and I’m not the only one. I’ll bet your days are chuck full of busy. What if it really doesn’t matter what we do (within the bounds of legality and moral behavior), just as long as we do?
…the next morning. It’s funny how life points out what’s important. The baby girl woke up with the stomach flu; the kind that twists your guts into knots. It’s been making the rounds here. With her sweet face buried in my shoulder, her tiny voice full of tears saying, “Hurts,” in that moment, nothing else mattered. Not the strategies for making it as an Indie author. Not the number of novels I’ll publish this year. Not even the writing. That little girl trust us, the adults in her life, to make everything better. You know, she’s right. And following the course of the river, full of crazy turns or not, suddenly doesn’t feel so dangerous.
Until next week, happy living!
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Posted on April 1, 2013, in General and tagged Amazon books, Elizabeth Naughton, happy living, indie author, publishing business, strategies, Susan Lute, the flu, the writer's life, Wait for Me, white water rafting. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.