So, as promised yesterday, I’m back already because today is the A-Z Blogging Challenge 2020 Theme Reveal Day!
If you’re scratching your head and asking, ‘The what, now?’ the challenge goes like this: I (and all other participants, obviously) have to write a blog post every day throughout April (except Sundays – phew!) with a theme that starts with the corresponding letter of the alphabet. So the 1st of April’s letter will be A and I could write about … oh, I don’t know … antelopes or anxiety or astral projection or Aero bars. (I wouldn’t write about Aero bars; it would just set off my sugar cravings again. And, for your information, other chocolate bars are available. Believe me, I should know, I’ve tried most of them.)
You can find out more about the A-Z Blogging Challenge here.
Quite honestly, I’m not entirely sure why I signed up for this thing again. A few of you may recall that I did this way back in 2015 (was that really only five years ago? Feels like decades!) and I found it incredibly stressful and time-consuming.
I was a newbie author. There Must Be an Angel had just been published (aw, bless!) and I thought I’d use the challenge to draw some attention to it. I don’t know how well it worked for that purpose, but I do know that, despite the stress and the time and the effort and the sheer mental energy needed to pull the challenge off, I quite enjoyed it in the end. I remember finishing at the end of April and feeling rather proud of myself for making it through. And it taught me that, when I have to, I can come up with something. What is it they say about necessity being the mother of invention? 🙂
Anyway, here I am again, five years on, and now I’ve got seventeen, almost eighteen, books under my belt. I have no idea how I fitted them in under there – it’s pulled very tight at the moment!
Thing is, in that five years I’ve learned a lot. Not just about blogging, although I’ve certainly faffed around enough with that. But I’ve also learned about being an indie author, and what it takes to keep going and have some sort of impact in a crowded market. So my theme for this year is just that: The A-Z of Life as an Indie Author. I’ll be taking a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek look at what life is like for us indies.
If you’re looking for in-depth discussions and hard analysis and expert advice, you’re probably looking in the wrong place. Frankly, I may have been at this for five years, but I still feel like a beginner. I’m not going to say to anyone, “This is what you should do”, because what the heck do I know? What I will be saying is, “This is what I did and it worked out okay”, or, just as likely, “This is what I did. What the hell was I thinking?” There will be some tips, and some info, and probably a few horror stories, and hopefully a lot of humour.
So, if you’re looking for a how-to blog, you’re probably best looking elsewhere. If you want an easy read written by someone who’s been there, done that, but never bought the t-shirt because, quite honestly, they never make them in her size, I’m your woman.
Hope to see you on April 1st!