Adventures in Administration


Writing is glamorous. Right? Especially if you write fiction. You get to create characters – whole people, whole groups of people, whose identities and actions come to life simply because you decided they should. You can create an amazing swashbuckling undead pirate zombie who has risen from the dead to save the only thing he ever loved: his reputation. Or, you can fathom a distressed orphan found and raised by a group of lonely housewives, unbeknownst to their husbands and families, who grows up to be a serial killer, because, really, who needs that many mothers?

Writing is Glamorous.

It’s great to have that kind of control.

Self-publishing is somewhat less glamorous. You retain control over most aspects of your book’s creation, from having input on the cover design to the channels you’ll use to market and sell it, to setting the price and even running sales. But now that you’ve written the book, you need to think about it, and analyze it, and make it interesting to people who are willing to pay you money for it. Which, really, is still kind of awesome.

But, now, excel spreadsheets are involved.

Writing is Glamorous. (1)

I love excel, don’t get me wrong. I mean, I’ll gladly put information into little cells and play with it for hours, but it just doesn’t have that same sense of awe and wonder that comes with the actual writing of a story.

And, that’s where I’m at this week. Making spreadsheets and analyzing data.



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    1. For me, it’s having control of timing, content – pretty much all the different aspects of the process. I have considered shopping my story, but I am impatient. What makes you go back and forth? Anything in particular?


      1. It’s a scary thing, for sure. Like, what if only my mom and two friends buy it?! I’d like to think it will do better than that, but doubt certainly has a place in the back of my mind. I recently took a self-publishing class online. A friend of mine (fellow author, editor and consultant) put it together after her experiences editing, writing, and crowdsourcing and crowdfunding two anthologies. It’s given me a ton of confidence, and she is big on doing things the right way so that even though we are self-pubs, we are professional. It was the push I needed to really, actually make the decision to dive in. I hope you are able to figure out what will work best for you.


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