What Do I Pay to Get Published?

It’s often an unasked question, implied instead of direct. Many people don’t want to appear crass or rude by talking about something as obscene as money. (Please read that as tongue-in-cheek as it was intended.)

The question is still there, though. “How much do you pay to get published?”

In the early days of the Internet and before, the answer was usually nothing. “Usually” because although vanity presses and self-publishing did exist, it wasn’t as commonplace.

Now, that answer can be very different. There are a lot of things to consider before putting a book out, whether fiction or nonfiction.

An indie author has to consider whether or not they pay for:

  • Editing.
  • Formatting.
  • Cover art.
  • PR/Marketing/Advertising.

Depending on how you do things, it can get quite pricey.

Right now, I publish through KDP, part of Amazon. There is no cost to me unless or until I purchase actual print copies of my books. That’s how I prefer it.

That said, I am exploring other self-publishing options. There’s nothing wrong with Amazon, but you know the saying about don’t keep all your eggs in one basket? I’m too much in one basket. A little diversity in publishing options would be a good thing.

What about you? In what way(s) do you need to diversify?

What Is a Creativity Coach?

I’ve talked before about creativity coaching, but what is a creativity coach?

Creativity coaching is a subset of life coaching that focuses on your creative life. Many times, a creativity coach is certified through the Creativity Coaching Association.

A creativity coach can work with pretty much any creative professional, whether artist, writer, actor, etc. The focus is on the creative process in general rather than on the specific discipline.

I do not yet call myself a creativity coach. Why? I’m not certified through the CCA mentioned above. It is a goal to do that at some point, though.

However, some people have called me a creativity expert, considering how much I have studied about creativity and the books I have written about it. I’ve used that term in some of my social media bios.

I think thie covers the definition well enough.

What about you? In what area(s) might you be an expert?

3 Apps for Productivity

I see so many people talk about what apps they use for productivity. So much so that I almost dismissed this idea as a post. But… Here we are.

These are the three apps I use to help keep me on track and productive. Of course, the disclaimer is “when I use them.”

Trello Trello has apps for your desktop and smart phone. You can create lists and have cards for tasks under each list. You can add notes and deadlines to each card. I’ve tried to use Trello before, but now that I’ve figured out how to make it work for me, I love it.

Pomodoro Timer I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of the Pomodoro Technique or not. The idea is you work in 25-minute increments with a 5-minute break. After four of these increments, you can take a longer break. I use this to get started on tasks I really don’t want to do. Once I get in the flow of the work, I ignore the timer and just keep going.

Canva I wish Canva had a desktop option, but it is either web-based or an app for your smart phone. If you need to create infographics, flyers, or social media images (just to name a few) and can’t afford a pricey software, Canva can help you. There are some premium options that you have to pay to use, but it’s very functional even for free

There are several more apps I use for productivity purposes, but these are the three I use most often.

What are your favorite productivity apps?

2019 Goals

I know you can set goals and meet them at any time of the year, but there’s something about the beginning of the year that just seems appropriate. Maybe because it’s an external frame of measurement. Regardless, I do goals instead of resolutions and it works for me.

To provide a frame of reference for my goals, I choose a word for the year. Last year, my word was “Prosperity.” This year, I have two words. The main word is “Intentional” and a supplemental word of “Consistent.”

That said, my goals for the year are:

  1. Launch courses: 40 Days to Creativity and Journal Your Way to Creativity.
  2. Release 12 JEN Enterprises Presents titles (one per month).
  3. Publish RealmWalker: New Beginnings with The Wild Rose Press.
  4. Podcast every other week.
  5. 1 YouTube video a week.
  6. 2 public speaking gigs.
  7. 4 coaching clients.

Every year, I hesitate to make my goals public because “what if I don’t do them?” But the fact that they are public provides some external motivation to get them done.

That’s where I am for goals this year. They are listed in my planner with steps and plans to achieve them.

What about you? Do you make goals or resolutions?

Happy New Year!

Are you ready for 2019? I am! I have my plans in place (though flexible) and ready to go. This blog is part of that.

I took a break for the last weekend of the year, but now I’m back in business.

In the last few posts, I talked about various challenges. This blog is no different. I am participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I’ve been pretty good at posting daily, but this challenge will help me up my game with that.

Tomorrow I’ll talk about my goals for the year.

Before I go, answer this for me: What are you looking forward to the most in 2019?

Oops

I guess it’s kind of obvious I’ve fallen off of the Ultimate Blog Challenge wagon. I’ve been trying to decide if I should put up some posts I have in reserve to catch up, just pick up and start now through the end of the month, or set a schedule and consistently stick to that (I’m thinking a couple posts a week).

I could list all the reasons why I haven’t been posting, but it all boils down to one thing: I’m in a bit of a funk. I haven’t done much of anything, except work on a baby blanket, for a while. I need to get my act together and get back to work. Literally and figuratively.

Edits on New Beginnings have stalled too. There are other things that I want to get started on. That’s where the “literally” comes in.

And it starts now.

Let’s Get This Party Started!

Photo of Jen NippsHello! And welcome to the July Ultimate Blog Challenge.

During this month, I will be posting a lot more than I would normally. (OK, given my lack of posts lately, anything would be more than normal, but let’s not go there.)

In the vein of introducing myself, let me give you a few, somewhat random, facts about me.

  1. I am a writer.
  2. I am very interested in the area of creativity.
  3. I believe everyone is creative.
  4. I write fiction under a pen name (Kat O’Reilly).
  5. I am working on edits for book one of a romantic suspense novel series.
  6. I live in Oklahoma.
  7. I am legally blind.
  8. I knit and crochet.
  9. I play too many games on Facebook and on my Kindle.
  10. I love fountain pens,
  11. I enjoy reading.
  12. I love notebooks (and many kinds of stationery).
  13. I am going to Weight Watchers.
  14. I have recently started stamping and making greeting cards.
  15. I love helping people recognize and utilize their creativity.

I think that’s enough. You now have 15 random facts about me. Ask me any questions you might have in the comments and tell me one fact about you. Let’s get to know each other a little bit since we’re going to be spending a lot of time together this month.