Right now, the temptation is strong in this one (10 points to Gryffindor if you get that reference!) to run around in circles pumping my fists in the air. Why? Because I just finished hitting the button to upload Contributor to Amazon! For some reason, I feel like I've been working on that book for the last three hundred years. Then again, I guess I get like that with all of my books, when I've spent months doing copyedits. I reach a point where every last word in the book looks like it's made up or misspelled.
So, now that I've put the book to bed, I'm pretty sure I'll go about twenty-four hours before I start feeling like I need to chain myself to my desk and finish the next book. That's the sad thing about me as a writer--and I don't think I'm alone in that. With my old, traditional jobs, there was a clear line between when work started and when it ended. Not so much with writing, where I feel this compulsion to be doing it almost constantly. Or maybe I'm just the world's most exacting boss, who knows?
Another big woo hoo goes to the fact that school is in session and the cleaning company is coming to clean the house this week. While I had a fun summer, it'll be nice to have some time to buckle down and do some serious writing, particularly with NaNoWriMo beginning to appear on the horizon. Ah, I can hear the siren's call of the annual November insanity already! Soon I'll be snarfing bites of turkey while banging away at the keyboard. Who's with me this year? I need some more people to share in the
Last but certainly not least, an absolutely ginormous woo hoo shall be shouted from the rooftops because of my August sales. Seriously, my readers are awesome. I still can't believe you're paying actual, real money for something I wrote. I'm not exactly making a living wage at this point, but August has been my best month yet, and my sales have increased every month by at least 25%, so I'm definitely not complaining. It feels absolutely amazing to make ANY money doing something I love so much. I mean, I'm getting paid to play around in my imagination all day long. How cool is that?
I'm just going to leave this here while Amazon is in the process of publishing Contributor:
As they say in Contributor-land: Have a productive day!
(Psssst: Don't forget that Creators will be free on Friday, September 7.)