For months I’ve (Dara) been “wrapping up” my first book, The Indie Author Revolution.
I’ve procrastinated and prolonged getting it to press (another post is coming about that) and now it’s almost to the printer…maybe? I kid. It’s going to press this month. Hold me to it.
But now that that book is done (though the work is never done), I have ideas for my next book. That’s right. Ideas are already swirling in my head for book two.
It took approximately two years, eight months, 21 days, and counting to complete the first book. And despite the countless sleepless nights, 41 edits, outrageous wine consumption, and a barrage of emotions (doubt, fear, self-loathing, excitement, and nervousness), I would like to do it again.
Yes, I find the pain of writing a book exhilarating.
So, while we normally offer suggestions that are proven for how to execute strategies related to publishing, we’re switching it up. I’m hoping that you’ll actually help us out. Share your suggestions for what I should do to light the fire under my butt.
Here are the challenges I’m facing:
Challenge 1: I have several ideas for book two and can’t decide on which one to go with.
Challenge 2: Shorter e-book or longer book that’s both print and electronic? I’m drawn to the idea of less being more…
Challenge 3: Juggling the writing of book two with the marketing of book one. What are good tips?
Here’s what I’ve done to jumpstart my plan to get book two going:
1. Set a deadline for the first draft/outline: September 30th
2. Began listing potential title ideas
3. Draft a book summary and book marketing plan for the two top ideas by July 15th.
So this is where I’m at. Where are you? What’s helping? What has worked for you? What’s your strategy for Operation: Write the Next Book Already!