Monday, June 4, 2012
...Because writing 50,000 words in November just isn't crazy enough, I decided at the last minute to join Camp NaNoWriMo. Camp NaNo is like "NaNo Lite" - still 50,000 words, but much less pressure.
I figured it would be a good time for me to finish up edits on HUNTED LYON, and then I decided that I've only got until the end of June to get a book to the copy editor that I won back at the Thank Goodness It's Over (TGIO) party after NaNo last year, so I switched my focus to my book about my trail rides. Still don't have a name for it. I was going to go with TALES FROM THE TRAIL, but I want it to be distinctly different from my blog, even though a lot of the stories have appeared on the blog.
Camp NaNo started on June 1st and I've written zero qualifying words, but I have gotten the new book organized and polished up. I have just a few more stories to add to it, which I hope will be done by the end of the week, and then off to the copy editor it goes. As soon as I settle on a title, RCC will do my cover art for me - he does amazing book covers.
I've decided to self-publish in e-format this yet-to-be-named book. I'm not seeking fame or fortune with it; I wrote it purely for fun and hope to share my stories with people who will appreciate them. Trail riding stories definitely have a niche market that is fairly small compared to all of the readers out there, so I can't see pitching this book to an agent or publisher.
I've talked to Tara about e-pubbing, which she's switched to exclusively and she gave me some tips on getting the text formatted and will help me navigate publishing on Smashwords, Nook and Kindle. If everything works out the way I want it to, I'm hoping to have it for sale by the end of August.
A small part of me wants to have "real" copies printed for sale, too, but that might be cost prohibitive. I'll have to look at how much the finished product is going to cost before I decide to have some printed up. I could probably talk Mom into carrying a small inventory at the lodge and possibly can talk Compass into carrying some at the livery. I don't know, one decision at a time. Even though I don't care about fame or fortune with my book, I don't want to go into the poor house either! I spent enough time there and I don't want to go back. Breaking even would be nice.
Any ideas for titles? The book is primarily about my experiences as a wrangler, with some stories of horses who stand out in my mind thrown in.