Things keep moving forward with The Corridor. I’ve found an editing service that seems helpful and non-predatory (there are lots of scam sites out there that over charge self-publishing authors). I found an image to use for the cover and have begun tweaking it to what I want. I’m learning Photoshop for the first time so that is slow going, but I’ll get there. Within a few weeks I should have a cover I’m happy with and an edited version of the story that is ready for formatting for ebooks and paperback. Then it’s essentially upload and press submit.
I’m happy with how the story has turned out. There are some tiny changes I still might make. It’s not amazing, it’s not terrible. I plan to have it up for free in e-format for a few months while I finish the book I’m working on now. With any luck it will allow me to build a bit of a fan base which will pay off in the long run. This is all very new to me. I take it seriously, but it really is something that I enjoy as a hobby. My hopes are to someday break even on the publishing end of things which means making enough from sales to pay for the editing. Everything else I am doing myself to learn how to do it and save money. You could easily spend $2k self-publishing a book if you wanted to.
I’ve had a hard time with patience during this whole process. It’s not that I want to rush through it as quickly as possible. I’m curious to see what complete strangers think. My friends and family who have taken the time to read the initial drafts and give feedback have been amazing. I truly appreciate the time they’ve taken and the tips they’ve given. But nothing yields harsher criticism than the internet. If a random collection of people across the country can read this and come to the conclusion that The Corridor is not complete garbage, I’m on my way.
As far as Flash Fiction, I was out of town the last few days and unable to do any. My goal with those is to do 3-4 a week.