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This might be my last IWSG...at least for now. I'm not entirely sure. I love this group, after all. Multiple posts have been about how awesome the group is. You've lifted me up so many times, helped me out whenever I needed it, and celebrated with me.
So, why stop?
It's more like a pause. Not really from writing. That I'm fine with. No, I need a pause from the other part that comes with writing now-a-days: publishing. As of now, all my books are pulled. I've deleted some social media. This blog's days are probably numbered. It's all going away for the time.
And before you say "You don't have to be THAT drastic." I know, but I also know if the books are sitting for sale I'll start thinking about things to try. "Maybe if I do this." "Maybe if I promote here." No. For the time being, I'm done.
Now you might be asking, "Why? You're doing great. You've just published a book!"
Look, my timing is god-awful, okay? Do you know how many times I have bought flour and then said, "I think I'll go gluten free."? A lot.
Anyways, back the point.
If I look at how many stories I finished, I've succeeded as a writer. But when it comes to success as a published author (aka finding an audience) I have failed miserably. The number has been going in the wrong direction.
So, I'm pulling the plug and going dark to remove distractions so I can think. I've said many times that I don't really want to give up. I'm too stubborn for that, but we've all heard that quote about insanity right? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That's how I feel about publishing right now. I'm just bashing my head against the wall and being surprised when it hurts. It's time to rethink and reassess. I already know I want to go find some courses on SEO and advertising on Udemy (great site for learning new things.)
I think that's my biggest thing right now. I just need to learn shit. Back when I started, anyone could jump in head first and be okay. Today is a different beast. You'll break your neck if you try that now.
I'm not sure what that will mean for the books I've previously published. A few may never get read again and some might get rewritten. Other things might change as well. I may reappear with a new name one day. I've been thinking up ones and seeing how they look signed. LOL Or keep this one. I'm wishy-washy about it.
Also, I have no desire to disappear from this group forever. I've legit made amazing friends, found amazing books, and I am for real getting teary-eyed thinking about all the support you have given me over the years. Sometimes I kept going just because you all had my back and I didn't want to disappoint. I'm still subscribed to your blogs, so I have ways to keep in touch and cheer you on when you need it. (Some of you I have your email.)
But for now, it's goodbye. When I figure my shit out, I'll be sure to let you know.
PS: Since some of you now have some dead links due to times you helped me out, sorry. If I could clean them up for you myself, I would. But I can't so it's up to you.
* Marie Landry
* A to Z Challenge
* Alex J. Cavanaugh
* Larry Kollar
* C. Lee McKenzie
* M. Pax
* MJ FiField
* Melissa Barker-Simpson
* Christine Rains
* Heather M. Gardner
* L.G Keltner
* Sarah Foster
* Chrys Fey
* Kate Larkindale
* Warrior Muse
* Lee Lowery
* Elizabeth Seckman
* Heather M. Gardner
* Jemima Pett
* My Random Musings
* C.D. Gallant-King
* J.H. Moncrieff
* Nick Wilford
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