I’ve been going out of my mind lately, and just generally freaking out about how much work is involved in getting my writing done and starting to get it out there and seeing some kind of return on it all. And writing some material that isn’t Elemental has had me thinking… what if I hired a ghost writer?
I’d have to work out a fair percentage on royalty, and that would definitely be from the 70% I get from Amazon.
I’d have to see samples of their work, and test them with a couple chapters (get people to duke it out for my amusement? Why yes, yes I shall.)
Quality, professionalism, enthusiasm, ability to capture my particular voice and tone and style, and an interest in my sorts of ideas (and sense of humour) would all play big parts in choosing a ghost writer. Bonus points if they know their way around Word/Scrivener and the formatting process.
The thing is, I’m pretty tired of the *writing* part of Elemental already. Rewriting COF meant leeching the passion from it. I have 6 books to go, and the sheer mountain of writing work yet to do, in this series and in others, is mind boggling. It’s great that I have all these ideas, but man, I’m so tired and grumpy and depressed lately, and a lot of that is biological from chronic, pretty severe depression, anxiety, pessimism, and the effects of sleep apnoea on my brain, plus Asperger’s Syndrome, and how much I still have to do in life….
My anxiety has come back in a big way, and my depression, and my negativity. I’ve got so much on my plate this year, I need help. If I can offload this series to someone capable and trustworthy, that would certainly take a huge chunk off my shoulders, at least.
Something I’m considering, anyway. That and a crowd funding campaign, although I’d also like to do another for medical care as my needs have gotten pretty bad and I’m barely coping. Hence the anguish, above. It’s pretty stressful doing this all on my own, on a pension, without a job (to that end I’ve approached my local shopping centre about some paid work, even if it’s just collecting stuff for them, or cleaning, or whatever) and also I’ve signed up for some free promo stuff on various sites, and I’ll hopefully see some results from that (though I won’t hold my breath, it IS free stuff (spent $10 on one, though, so it’s a combination).
On the other hand, I’ve been binge watching Falling Skies, How I Met Your Mother, and Stargate Universe, some of my favourite series’, as well as getting back into a collection of short stories I’ve been meaning to get back to for months (bad year, this 2016). And my local park has a gym setup, so that’s good too. And I could also give my local 24-hour gym a go with the seven day free trial, if I’m able and it’s still available after Saturday… which is Vision. Yes, I’m *going* to Vision again! Woo!