I’m thrilled to say that my first published novel, Paint, will be available on Amazon on October 14th of this year! Get ready for a great story.
I've switched over to being a full-time content creator, and it's an uphill battle that I love. I would really like to use this blog exclusively for honest updates, so that I can have a separate place for my articles on metafiction, short fiction and writing in general. That place is medium! You can find my stories here: https://medium.com/@shethewriter
Here is my content strategy as it stands:
Youtube: 3 videos a week
Instagram: live interviews and daily updates
Medium: Weekly articles for writers/readers
IGTV: Book notes (reviewing my personal library)
Paint is still slated for an October release, although I am on hold in my process right now so I can hear back from an agency I know and trust. There's a good chance it will come back to me and I can roll forward with the cover. I am so excited!
I've been grappling with some other health issues lately, which is especially tricky when you are working more hours than ever. But luckily I have more flexibility now than I did with a full-time brick&mortar job, so that helps enormously. I don't want to think about the kind of stress I would have otherwise. Of course, working 15 hours a day will cause some stress anyway, but it's good stress when you're doing what you love!
If you are looking to learn more and improve your craft, I really do think you should check out my youtube channel. There are a lot of tools and methods I've developed over the years that I haven't gotten from any workshop, and I'm only just now learning how to share them. Youtube has been the perfect avenue for this. I'm so excited to see what will come of it, because I genuinely want to help people write better fiction. It's not a zero sum game. The more decent fiction is out there, the better all writers will be, and the more people will want to read. It's really quite simple. I am through reading the same crap over and over again (follow me on IGTV later this week if you really want to hear my frustrations) and I want to read something new. That's why I write and that's why I share.
There's so much more to learn from this process than I thought. From making an editorial calendar to trying to pick up more client work. The internet is extremely competitive. But I've been showing up a long time, and I'm ready to get my piece. Thanks for following me on this journey.
When asked about VR, Shonda Rhimes describes the possibility of intimate engagement with a character. Totally fits the vision of metafiction. Great to watch.