Last week, I finished the first draft of book two in my upcoming series, The Rogue Valkyrie Series. Urban fantasy romance, valkyrie-vampire slow burn, and I hope it’s as fun to read as it is to write!
This is a huge milestone for me, and I might have mentioned why before now. Valkyrie Awakened is the first sequel I have ever completed that I mean to publish. Sequels are really hard for me, because the second someone compliments book one (Valkyrie Cursed), I start to feel the pressure of replicating that quality.
But I powered through, and Valkyrie Awakened is in the editing stages now. Big sigh of relief on my part.
However, once I finished the first draft, I took a few days to pause writing and catch up on all the non-writing related things that I needed to do. Finding newsletter swaps for release day, catching up with ARC readers, and lots of administrative tasks. It wasn’t until I was three days in that I realised just how much work outside of writing there is for indie authors. I mean, my day planner needs planners, right now.
This realisation has really hammered home how efficient I need to be if I’m going to release good books on time. I am one of those people whose brains go off on a tangent regularly, and effort is required to keep it on track sometimes.
But, I’m still in the early days of authoring, and I’m having to get used to a lot of new realisations as I go along. The experience of full-timing it has really opened my eyes to the time and resources it takes to make a success out of writing books. While this was a minor surprise, I’m ready to take this challenge on.
It’s a strange transition turning your hobby into a career, because all the fun parts are still there and you still enjoy them. But there’s a whole bunch of adult things now involved that give authoring a whole new dimension. Taxes, and the weight of having to earn as a self-employed person, have made this transition a sobering experience.
I’d like to add that none of these things have gotten me down. In truth, while both can be big and scary prospects, they represent what I am aiming for while doing this venture. Self-sufficiency, growth, and giving back to a family and community that has allowed me to reach this point. While all are still out of reach right now, I hope to eventually get there on my travels.
The last few months certainly haven’t been boring, and I’ve learned a great deal. For sure, there is plenty more to learn before I’m really on top of things, but I’m happy to trundle along until another life lesson crops up.
In other news, book one in the series, Valkyrie Cursed, currently has ARC copies available. Advanced Reader Copies really help authors get the word out about their books, and earn reviews ahead of release day. If you’re interested in grabbing an ARC copy of Valkyrie Cursed, head over to this link. I hope you enjoy it!
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