Introduction to the Accountability Post 2021 Week 44
The first draft of Evolution’s Hand Book 2: Epsilon Eridani inched closer to completion this week. How much closer? I managed to complete the first draft of four more plot points. Only four are left, and they’re all Resolutions. I want to share my goals and my tentative next steps for Evolution’s hand Book 1: 61 Cygni. Before that, let’s take a look at the key performance indicators from last week.
Accountability Post 2021 Week 44 By the Numbers
All in all, not a bad week!
I honestly didn’t expect to hit my goals for last week. They included Liam Martin’s Resolution, and that was not a lot of fun to write. I kind of feel sorry for what I had to put him through! Not for the first time, I hope I never encounter a real-world Re:CREATORS scenario! If some of my characters ever got into reality, I might be in a bit of trouble.
Goals for This Week
I have four more plots to write. That will be between four and six chapters, if my averages hold true. So, let’s shoot for the sky! Here’re my goals:
- Finish Ira Malhotra’s Resolution
- Complete Atticus Porter’s Resolution
- Finish Helmine Stein’s Resolution
- Complete Melchizedek Conrad’s Resolution
Once I finish the first draft of Book 2, then, well… I’ll have some decisions to make!
Next Steps for Evolution’s Hand Book 1: 61 Cygni
I talked last week about what’s next for Book 1. A couple of years ago, I purchased a class from Nick Stephenson, and I got a lot out of it. I think I have an idea of what to do. But since I’ve never self-published before, I’m just not sure. So, I’m going to approach this as if I’m starting a business.
That means I want to sequence things properly. I want the prerequisites done in the right order. I want to write that process down so that as I publish more books, I can refine that process and make it better. If I don’t write the process down, how can I refine it? I already know it’s going to have way too many moving parts to try to keep it in my head!
Besides, I’m a writer. So, I should write!
Here’s what I’m thinking now:
- Purchase a cover for Books 1, 2, and 3
- Revise Book 1 based on the development edit
- Reedsy suggests a copy edit, then proofreading; I need to decide if I need both or I can skip to the proofreading stage
- Obtain an ISBN (probably a batch)
- Learn everything I need to know about formatting a book to upload to Amazon
I need to decide if I’m going to record my own audio book. I also need to decide if I want Book 2 ready to publish when I publish Book 1. If not, I need to understand what’s close enough, because I understanding timing can be important for the first several books in a series. I think I’ll talk more about these topics next week!
What Do You Think?
Have you self-published before? Are my next steps close to reasonable, or am I doomed? I’d love to hear your perspective in the comments!