I tend to obsess about things pretty regularly. I fixate, and when I do I fixate HARD. Right now, I’m trying to resist the urge to check my sales stats for Frost. Should I be resisting? Probably so. If I don’t resist the compulsion to constantly check for updates, I’m probably going to end up driving myself insane.
How could I drive myself insane with that information? There’s the list, as it currently stands.
- I’m not doing an official book launch right now, so I can’t expect the sales to be spectacular in the first place.
- I’m not doing any official marketing at the moment, which also won’t help my sales.
- Professional envy. I’m not going to lie, I’ve got it bad, but it’s something I’m working on because I know that comparison breeds misery. Better to work on staying in my own lane and keeping positive.
- I’m already too impatient, and checking sales compulsively only makes me more impatient.
I bet you’re wondering why I’m not doing a launch or marketing the novel when I’ve just released it. Honestly, I just don’t have the time or the energy for it right this minute because I feel there are certain personal matters that are a much more pressing need at this point. My son is due to arrive in a little less than four months, and I have to pick up the slack I left in my life when I dropped everything to focus on finishing and releasing my first novel.
I guess I’m just in a really weird, restless place in my professional writing life right now. I don’t really know what to do about it. Any advice you have is welcome.
So, after working on my first novel for the past eleven years, I really don’t know what to do with myself now that I’ve finished the first edition and it’s out in the world. I’m having this vague, restless, listless feeling that I don’t really know how to deal with.
I know I have other things I need to be focusing on right now. I have MTE school to finish. I have a house that is in DESPERATE need of a good top-to-bottom reorganization/cleaning. I guess I’m just confused because I thought being done with this novel would feel like more of a relief than it does. I thought I’d feel more celebratory, more ecstatic. Right now, all I feel is deflated.
Maybe I just need to decompress for a while? I know I need to look at what my goals are for the future, now that I’ve accomplished the biggest goal I had set for 2017. I set out for 2017 to be the year I finally let Frost go, and I’m certain I’ve achieved that. So, what do I do now?
If you’re interested in my personal goals, feel free to check out my personal blogs: We’re the Moyes (A Chronicle of My Adventures With My Wonderful Husband, Lake, As We Try To Adult Without A Manual) and Chelsea Moye (Random Commentary & Observations On My Life).
As for my writing goals for 2017, I’m feeling pretty vague on that point right now. Completing and submitting Frost by the deadline I set for myself knocked out three of the biggest goals I had written down in my “Goals” Notebook. (I keep all different kinds of notebooks and journals for various reasons, and I also recently started doing my own, modified not-so-pretty version of bullet journaling.) The only writing goal I currently have is incredibly vague: I want to publish a romance novel before 2017 ends.
I guess it’s a place to start? Anyway, I’m going to make a concerted effort to blog more consistently across all my blogs as a collective. If there’s a day I don’t post here, check the two personal blogs for posts and vice versa.
I love you guys!
I realize that I’m really behind on my Quote of the Day posts, guys. I know I need to get back to it. There is no good excuse for dropping the ball like this, but I have been sick and also focusing really hard on letting people know about my Frost: An Otherworld Tale campaign on Inkshares. I have to get at least 221 more pre-orders in the next 77 days for my novel to be published. I can’t tell you just how important that goal is to me. I’ve been working on this novel for the past 10 years, and it’s time that it gets shared with the world.
I’ll be getting up Quote of the Day posts again starting this evening. I look forward to connecting with y’all through those again, and I hope that you consider supporting Frost on Inkshares!
Chelsea Clemmons Moye, Author
So, I am incredibly excited now. Why? I’m excited because Frost‘s investments campaign on JukePop was successful! What does this mean? Well, it means that JukePop will FOR SURE be publishing Frost as a novel. I’ve got to finish it, get it edited, and get the art done, but I’m HOPING to release by Christmas. We’ll see how it goes!
So, as some of you may know, I absolutely adore Harlequin romance novels and would love to write for Harlequin someday. I submitted an entry to their Christmas Challenge, and I’m looking forward to the guaranteed editor feedback.