Sunday, June 3, 2018

Publishing Options and Other Services

Well, I'm back because I wanted to mention something else I've been toying with and, well, felt that I needed to do something with it. One of the good things about bootstrapping your own publishing company is that you learn some useful skills along the way. In my case, I've been designing my own books, interiors and covers both. I've also been editing and proofreading, as well as writing. Much of this has been growing up on the side as a freelance project and not something I've attached to my main publishing venture, Founders House Publishing.

I know that not all books will be a good fit for what I'm building over at Founders House so I thought I would offer ways for people who would like to take on the challenges of self-publishing to get into business with some professionally designed books and other author services help. 

I know there are people who just want to publish those small books of the heart, the books of writings or poems, short stories. Maybe you want to gather up family history into a nifty volume? I want to help you put your words into print.

So, I'm introducing Bookbuilder. You can also check it out by clicking on the tab above. 

Let me know if can help you.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Challenge Imploded

Okay. I think the title to this blog post kind of says it all really. I was going to do a writing challenge this month--a story a day no less. This didn't happen. I've only written one story this month so far. While it's good that I have a story I didn't have before, it wasn't what I wanted to do. So now what?

First, I don't call it a failure. I got that one story, right? Rather, I call it a learning experience and a check in with myself about what I can do realistically at this point. After so much time away from writing, I have to move into it slower than I thought and make goals that are modest enough for me to accomplish.

If I ease into the writing, there is a much better chance that I will succeed in making a full return.

Again, so now what?

I set a more realistic goal. What kind of goal?

Perhaps, I might start with a short story a week. Or if I decide to come back to a novel, maybe a chapter a week. Those sound doable. If I have the right attitude about it, I might have a shot.

What kind of attitude? Well, I need to think about writing as a time to just be imaginative and have fun. It's a time to play. It shouldn't be serious or thought a chore, because who wants to look at creative writing that way?

So there it is. I might reboot this challenge by focusing on just writing a story a week or whatever. Much easier than trying for one every single day. Honestly, I don't know what I was thinking.

Anyway, thanks for tuning in to my ramble. Maybe I'll have something more to report next time.