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Doing Risky Things

I’ve always wanted to write fiction, and I love writing nonfiction. I want to be able to write what I want, when I want. Some stories a writer chooses to publish might be a little ‘riskier’ than others, for one reason or another.

I recently published Alone, a story I like to call a short-short. It is short enough to read on a break at work, or while in a waiting room. This story is ‘risky’ because it is a sad one, though it was actually one of my most popular ones pre final edit – the reason I decided to polish it up and sell it. Not everyone wants to read a sad story.

In all honesty, I didn’t think (back then) it would go over as well as it did. But I’m glad it did, of course. Every writer wants their stories to be read by many people. I would love to know why so many people like the story.

So risky, in this sense, is about writing what you’re not sure others will want to read and waiting to see how it goes. That is what I did with Alone. I had no idea why I wrote it, but I remember feeling the emotion. I thought others might feel that emotion as well.

So I added this story to my continually growing collection of published fiction, right along with my growing collection of nonfiction.

All writers (who want to) should be writing in both genres. And we hope our readers will enjoy both formats. Or, if not both, at least one.

Alone

You’ve watched the members of your family die from a disease they cannot name. One they cannot stop. Then, when no one is left for you to turn to, the disease catches up with you. Do you stay at the hospital knowing they can’t help? Knowing there is no hope? Or, do you follow your instincts and do what you want?

It is a lonely world when you are alone.

Happy reading!

Shannon L. Buck




Don’t Just Sit There! Meet Your Freelance Goals

It happens all too often. We start out the new year thinking this will be the year we meet our goals. We may even give it a good try, but by the end of February the realization that we haven’t done anything in weeks to get us closer to those goals hits us. And we feel guilty. We feel bad that we didn’t pull it off, yet again. And we do nothing.

But wait. The year is not even half over. There’s still plenty of time to meet your goals. Or, if it really was a year-long goal, there is still time to get a good start and keep up the momentum into next year.

I used to do the same thing. I’d make all these resolutions, and not really make them priorities. Or I’d start off really strong and just not keep up with things. Or even do some of them, but stop there and not move forward. I’ve actually spent a great deal of time trying to learn to focus on one goal. For instance, I have more than 20 short stories to publish (hopefully this year) and it has seemed so overwhelming I could not focus on any of it long enough to really accomplish anything. Many of them were written in 2011 and 2013. Overwhelm is not my friend.

Sound familiar?

For this year, I promised myself I would take it one step at a time. One story at a time. And I’m so proud of myself for pulling it off so far. I’m doing well with my goals this year, and really getting things done.

Will I really pull off getting more than 20 short stories publish, on top of all my nonfiction articles and whatnot? I honestly don’t know. But, if I don’t, it wont be for a lack of trying. No sir!

And if I don’t get them all published? Well, then it will happen next year. If I can pull off publishing 7 short stories already this year, I can do more. And that is something to be proud of. I’ll be fine if I don’t get them all done before December 31st, because I know I can resume my efforts on January 1st. No big deal if I fall short.

Baby steps.

It can actually help the creative flow; clear your mind and refresh thought process. Taking a break is good for you. Just remember to start back up again. That is the important thing.

I didn’t know everything I needed to know to self-publish these stories, but I decided to move forward anyway. After all, spending the last couple of years learning what to do didn’t actually produce eBooks. It just meant I was learning things. And some of what I’d learned had changed anyway. Learning is good, but please don’t use it as an excuse not to meet your goals. I regret doing so.

Once I decided I was done with all that and was going to just do it, I spread my wings and did what needed to be done. You should too.

So far this year I’ve self-published 7 short stories, 1 nonfiction book, and edited and republished another eBook. Busy, busy. And I’m good with that.

What did you get off track with? How will you get back on track? Let us know below, or email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com.

Shannon L. Buck




Another Goal Met! Published Serenita

I don’t know what your goals for the year are, but mine include publishing the short stories I’ve written over the years.

I have been working diligently on this, as well as my nonfiction goals.

My new story is Serenita:

Where do you go when you have to escape a world your government has taken over and destroyed? When you’ve done your best not to let the new society bring you down, but there is so much violence you can’t even spend time outside with your family or feel safe going to the grocery store? How do you escape a world of war?

It isn’t easy meeting all these goals, but I’ve been diligent about completing each step. It takes time, but I’m learning so much. I’m glad I decided to get these out this year.

I’ve been reading about the goals others have been meeting this year, and truly hope you are meeting all yours. If not, share why. Maybe we can come up with ideas together on how you can meet them.

Shannon L. Buck

 




I’ve Made Mistakes

We all have, right? We think we know exactly what is needed in order to get things done, then realize what we thought we knew isn’t going to work. Something didn’t happen, or we misunderstood things. Whatever the cause, something did not work out as planned.

This is fine. I use mistakes as opportunities for learning, trying to figure out the point where things went wrong, and taking notes on how to make what I want to do work the next time around.

There is an initial period of stress, but I make every attempt not to let this get me down. I work through the stressful moments until I get things figured out. Sometimes I have to start back at the beginning. Other times I can see that it was a later step that got messed up, and work from there.

And still other times, I find that the mistake is not my fault at all. That the messed up outcome is actually the cause of a problem with a program. For instance, recently I was trying to ready a manuscript in OpenOffice for publishing. Try as I might, I could not get the program to save images. Mind you, I’ve been using this program for years and love it. I’d never had this problem but, all of a sudden, I just could not save images.

I looked through the help section of the program, but nothing it said to do to fix the problem worked. I looked on their site. Still nothing worked. Finally, stressed out, I messaged my brother-in-law. I explained the issue, and told him it just started occurring with no previous problems and asked him, if I uninstalled the program and reinstalled, would the process delete all the manuscripts and other writings I’ve created with the program over the years.

Then I put it out of my mind and concentrated on another task until he could read the message and respond.

Later that night he responded, explaining that the files and edits are separate from the program itself. He told me I was safe to perform the uninstall/install tasks. The next day I did so, and things have been moving along nicely.

I’d never had a real problem with the program, and he later explained that sometimes things like that just happen – for whatever reason. I’m thankful I have him to talk about technological issues with, and have learned a lot from him.

Recently, I was trying to upload a new story to Amazon’s Kindle program, and something wonky happened. I started a new book and saved everything, then the screen went to a previous story I’d published. I went out of that and back to the start page, and the new manuscript was not there, so I did it all over thinking it must have just been a glitch.

I then received a message from a friend who reads my ebooks. She told me she had purchased Bang! and received it just fine, but she had also purchased Rascal only to find that the inside was also Bang!.

At first I had no idea what could be wrong, then I remembered the wonky incident when trying to upload the new story. I messed up. Rascal was the story I had been taken to when the ‘glitch’ happened. I should have immediately checked the preview of that story, to be sure it had not been changed, before re-uploading the other. I did not, and now I had to.

I don’t even know how it happened, because you create a new ebook above where your other ebooks are listed. You start with a clean slate, which is how I started out. I guess there really was some glitch. One I may never understand.

But I fixed the problem. It took almost a day for it to get fixed on their end, but it was done. I found I stressed some, but not too much. Probably because I was sure I was going to be able to get it fixed on my own, and I told myself most people have automatic updates on the books ebooks they buy through Amazon.com anyway. They would get the updates.

Both of these things happened this year, and weren’t my only mistakes. For instance:

  • Twice I’ve uploaded a manuscript for publishing, that showed a few typos at the preview stage. I simply went in and fixed the typos, then re-uploaded. It takes a little more time. I’m sure this will happen again, as I am not perfect, and have decided to be okay with this.
  • When publishing Organize Your Space and Stuff, I uploaded the cover and manuscript, filled in the information, hit publish, and thought I was good to go. Then, when they sent the email telling me the ebook was up for sale on their site, I clicked over to look at it and noticed my mistake. I’d uploaded the incorrect  book cover, the one that said ‘Organizing’ rather than the one that said ‘Organize’. I went back in and updated the cover, but it took another day for that problem to be fixed on their end. Also, I noticed after redoing this that the new cover still was not the one being shown, so I had to repeat this a couple more times. All told, it took a couple of days to fix this problem. Ugh.
  • Then I noticed, for the same book, the word ‘Organizing’ needed to be changed to ‘Organize’ in the description. This meant I had to go back into the book information, change it, and then re-save – again. Theses updates took another day to go into effect.
  • I write and edit articles quickly, and sometimes notice typos after publication. When I do, I try to correct them right off so I don’t forget.
  • While putting together Organize Your Space and Stuff from old articles on the blog, I became aware of how far my writing has come. I’m a better writer than I was a few years back. It took months of editing articles and adding important information to them to get that book out. Not as easy-peasy as I’d hoped. But I’m glad I did, and am planning to do it again with another topic. I’ve learned to edit a little more carefully due to finding those mistakes.

This is not a complete list, either. I’m just full of mistakes. But I have decided not to let them get me down, and to keep moving forward no matter what. I’ll fix them when I notice, or when kind and understanding friends and readers point them out to me.

It is true, the more you write, edit, and publish, the more you’ll learn. Practice does not always make perfect, but perfection is not always necessary.

Go ahead. Make mistakes. Correct them when you notice, and don’t stress too much over any mistakes you do make. Everything if fixable.

Any mistakes you want to share, if only to make me and others feel better? Leave a comment, or email me personally at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I enjoy hearing from you, and always respond.

Shannon L. Buck




Are You Worried About Messing Up?

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2016.So was I.

Trying to learn all I could about each step in the publishing process was how I dealt with this worry. But, you know what? I still have stuff to learn. After publishing 8 ebooks this year, I’m still learning.

Why am I telling you this? So you’ll know that it is okay to learn along the way, rather than wasting as much time as I did trying to learn everything. Technology changes so frequently that, once the basics are learned, it is okay to jump right in. To not learn every single thing before you begin. Feel free to wing it.

So do it. Finish writing that book, setting up that blog, creating that ecourse, or whatever it is you’re afraid of messing up. And remember, it is okay to make mistakes.

Making mistakes is its’ own education. You get to figure out something real, not some perceived thing you may not need in the first place. If you’re publishing an ebook for the first time, go ahead and read that guide on how to do so, but then jump in and get your feet wet. If you want to start a blog, join a 30 day challenge for beginner bloggers and do the work. Don’t wait. Get started.

Go ahead and make mistakes. We all do. But make note of how you fix each so you’ll have the information if it happens again, and keep going.

And don’t forget to reward yourself when you meet an important goal, no matter how big or small the goal may be. This will help you to stay motivated.

What are you worried about messing up? Share with us in the comments so we can offer support and encouragement, or email me personally at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I always respond, and love hearing from you.

Shannon L. Buck




Are You Meeting Your Goals?

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2016.As I sit at my desk sipping chamomile tea, a Caribbean spice scented candle burning behind me, and the movie Wild Hogs playing in the background, I am wondering how many of you are meeting your goals for the year.

Linda Formichelli is publishing her book How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full Meaningful Life – While only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eyes Out With a Sharpie. It will be available for purchase on April 18th. To go along with this book, she has a closed Facebook group of which I am a member, and she will have worksheets to go along with the book. I’ll be buying this book.

Carol Tice offered presale packages for her book Small Blog, Big Income: One Niche Blogger’s 7-Step Formula Ebook, Workbook & Earnings Case Studies. This bundle came with a copy of the book How to Be a Well-Paid Freelance Blogger. I bought this bundle and will be reading everything and working through the workbook soon. She is also offering a mastermind class.

They are very busy ladies, and are working hard to get to where they want to be.

Me? I’ve self-published 6 fiction stories and 2 nonfiction ebooks. And it has been a crazy, crazy ride. The amount of stuff I have learned. The number of hours spent on each project. The mistakes I’ve made, that I put the time in to fix. Crazy. But I stuck with it and am proud of myself, as I’m sure Linda and Carol are proud of themselves.

And I hope you are proud of your accomplishments as well, be they adding a specified number of clients, raising your rates, writing your book, publishing your blog, or working on something else.

What is it you are proud of? Blog about it. Write an article. Consider if it is blog or course worthy. Celebrate and move forward.

Share your success(es) in the comments, or email me personally at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I always respond, and love hearing from you.

Shannon L. Buck




Meeting My Writing Goals

bang-book-coverHow are you doing with your goals? Are you working diligently to meet them? I hope so, because I’d like to think you are enjoying the process as much as I am.

I’ve been working so hard on my goals this year; on things I’ve wanted to accomplish for the last few years, but could never seem to find the time. And there were so many things I had to learn how to do.

I’m feeling pretty good about things. With my learning, my progress on projects, and the publication of some eBooks. I have worked extra hard to get things out to all of you, and I truly hope you are getting something out of each.

“Please, don’t go out there,” she said, worriedly.

“You don’t know what it could be.”

Imagine waking in the middle of the night to a loud noise, going outside to check out the situation only to be faced with terror you could never have imagined. This was the situation on the mountain one night when Sean and Sidney woke suddenly to noises they weren’t accustomed to hearing. What did Sean find when he ventured outside?

And I have more to do! Currently, I’m working on another publication for this site, a series if eGuides, and a few more stories. And I’m always looking for reviews. They can be posted to Amazon.com or Goodreads.

How are things going for you? Are you working on any projects you’d like to share?

Share with us in the comments, or email me personally at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I always reply!

Shannon L. Buck




Simple Rewards for Goals Met

Organize Your Space and StuffI’ve accomplished so much this year, from publishing The #CampSeries, to publishing an eBook for this blog called Organize Your Space and Stuff. A lot of hard work went into getting all these published. I’d mentioned that rewards for hard work are a good thing in an earlier article, and wanted to share with you how I’ve rewarded myself for getting things done.

I sometimes take my work to Aroma Joe’s, sitting there for a couple hours once every so often. During the summer months, I sit outside. The winter obviously finds me sitting inside, usually near a window. Last week, I allowed myself four days of vanilla bean tea and oatmeal. So good. And so much was accomplished while there.

I got in a little socialization each day, and stepped out from my daily surroundings for a bit. It is actually a real nice reward for me. Simple, I know. But good. I do other things as well. Last year, I bought myself a new outfit at one point. And cute little shoes at one point.

How do you reward yourself for important accomplishments? With little things or big things? A combination of both? A weekend away? An evening alone with a cherished movie, a drink, and box of chocolates? Do what feels right to you. Just do it. We all deserve good things, and a break after accomplishing something big never hurts. The happiness factor is as important as anything else.

Leave a comment, or email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I love to hear from you, and always reply.

Shannon L. Buck




Set Three Goals for the Year. How will you keep them?

Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015If you haven’t decided on goals for the new year, now is the time to do so. Think about the things that are most important to you this year. What projects do you get excited about when you think of starting them?

Do you want to write a book, then publish it on Amazon or another outlet? Maybe you’d rather make a video to go with your cooking blog? Or a webinar for your coaching business? Perhaps you want to do all three? Perfect! This is the year to do things you’ll be proud of for your business.

Figure out where to start:

Choose a morning to relax, sip some tea, and brainstorm ideas for the goals you would like to meet this year and beyond. Write them down, so you don’t forget any of them. (I, for one, have CRS. I forget everything if I don’t write it down.)

These three items will be your new goals. Have some fun with them, learn what you need to know in order to get them done, and work to complete each. Feel the satisfaction when you accomplish each goal, and reward yourself for a job well done.

You’ll want to look at it again when you’ve finished with your first three goals. Add to the list any time you have a new idea, cross things off that you decide not to work on, and keep a steady stream of ideas going. When the first three goals have been met, choose three more. Keep going until you’ve met all your goals. Be aware that this may turn into a never-ending list, which is fine. It means you’ll always have a new project to look forward to.

What are my goals for this year?

  1. Get the #CampSeries published. (Fiction) (Three are published, another will be in a couple of days.)
  2. Get Organizing Your Space and Stuff published. (Nonfiction) (Will be done next week!)
  3. Start the eGuides series for this blog. (Nonfiction) (Expecting to start soon, but don’t expect to publish the first until the second half of the year.)

Editing old writings, and republishing old writings.

How about you? What goals did you choose to start with? Please share with us in the comments, or email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I read and answer everything, and cherish the emails I get from readers.

Shannon L. Buck