Enough Procrastination!

With a great deal of excitement and some trepidation, I am herewith, forthwith, and fifthwith announcing my entry into the world of self-publishing. So here’s my commitment:

On or before October 1, 2011I will self-publish Fur Ball Fever (a romantic crime mystery with attitude, most of it warped) and The Jaguar Legacy (a romantic adventure with paranormal elements, currently available in paperback and e-book format at Amazon.com).

Here’s the thing. Until now, I felt unable to commit to self-publishing 100% until I heard from the editor I hired, made the required changes (hopefully minor), developed a new website/blog, arranged for book reviews, had magnificent covers in hand, and mastered the intricacies of e-book formatting. Also, it would be nice if the moon, stars, and planets were in alignment.

I was more than happy to procrastinate, that is, until my web master, primary technical guru, and chief motivator (a.k.a. my husband) pointed out that complicated activities require a plan and a deadline (he is an ex-project manager). Hopefully, this announcement will galvanize me to action.

Is there anyone else out there procrastinating on doing something important?

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8 Responses to Enough Procrastination!

  1. Maureen Fisher says:

    Thanks, Keira. That means a lot to me.

  2. K Morgan says:

    Bravo Maureen! Thrilled to hear that you are taking this giant step! I have been procrastinating all summer on everything. I hope your commitment inspires me to get moving. I am looking forward to FBF — I thoroughly enjoyed JL.

  3. Karen says:

    Yea! Good for you! I’m not procrastinating, I’m just not facing the actual number of hours in a day and how much I can realistically get done. : )

    • Maureen Fisher says:

      I know what you mean. The learning curve for self-pub is fierce. Everything is time-consuming. I’m trying to make editorial changes to two books, arrange for cover design, post to my new blog, participate on chat loops, and master social networking, all at the same time. Oh yes, I also have a family, friends and a life. Fortunately, my husband is my technical guru, and very supportive. He is mastering the mysteries of file conversion and uploads.

  4. Melanie says:

    That’s great news! I loved the first 5 pages at our critique workshop so can’t wait to read the entire book.

    • Maureen Fisher says:

      Thanks, Melanie. I’m busy making final changes coming out of an edit, and have lined up a cover designer. Full speed ahead!

  5. Tammy says:

    Yay! I can’t wait to read the whole Ball of Fur!

    Um, YES! I am procrastinating on a lot of things that entail the possibility of being judged by others. Luckily, I am also working on choosing to do things for the love and passion of it so I’m hoping that will keep the procrastination at bay….well, I think I will always procrastinate with housekeeping though 🙂

    Good Luck!

    • Maureen Fisher says:

      Yes, judgement by others is a HUGE deterrent for me too, especially when it comes to my writing. I’m with you there on housekeeping, though. Also organizing photographs, sewing on buttons, and ironing.

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