Why I’ll be self-publishing in 2014 ~ by Calisa Rhose


I decided to write today and see how it goes. I fell on December 11th and broke another rib, or two? so any time on the pc is painful

This is not my x-ray.

This is not my x-ray.

still. Sitting up, walking, breathing…you get the picture. But while I can’t be on the laptop daily as often, I’ve been thinking about why it’s driving me nuts not to be working on the novella I’ll be publishing early in 2014.

I set a deadline for myself to have it completed and the cover made by the end of December, just four days from now. It’s not gonna happen, unfortunately, since I haven’t been able to work on edits since the tenth. My whole month is wasted because of the pain. I hate that! I’d planned to publish the book by mid-January and that’s not gonna happen now either.

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Have no fear! I’ll get it done very soon and am revamping my schedule to get the book finished and published by the end of January. That’s right. I’ll just have to add a month to my original plan. 😀 I’m okay with that since this will be my first self-published work and I’m a little (okay, a LOT) terrified of the thought. 😆

So why do it if it’s so daunting? Because I want to. Because I’m confident enough in my writing to know readers will love it. Because it’s the new frontier of publishing and I don’t want to be left behind. And…because I can! I have a wonderful artist working on a cover for me that I know will bring out the essence of the story I’ve fallen in love with and I can’t wait to see the final product. I’m anxious to get back to work on the book edits, expansion really. It was written as a short story for an anthology it didn’t get finished in time to get put into, so I’m making it longer and self-publishing it because I want to share it with the world. As with my writing, it is a sweet, sensual story of love between a man and woman. I’m thinking it might also turn out to be a preclude to a new series later in 2014. Maybe. Possibly. I’ll keep you posted on that thought. 🙂 It depends on how my other series pans out this next year.

In the meantime, I’m sharing an excerpt for Risk Factors and why this time of year is so special to me, aside from Christmas. (Psst- it has to do with tomorrow and aging. 🙂 ) I’d love company at the wonderful Michelle Ziegler’s blog if you have time to stop by today! http://michellezieglerauthor.com/2013/12/27/fun-fact-friday-calisa-rhose-and-the-small-world

Tune in next week when I’ll post my new two year writing plan- and why only two years.

Until then I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year!



About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters and wife to a wonderful man of 35+ years. I'm also an avid seamstress, polymer clay artisan and die-hard crafter, always coming up with things to make with, and for, my six granddaughters and two grandsons. Check out my craft site https://lisasfancifulallure.wordpress.com/ when you have a moment. I'm also a small online business owner of Okie fLips on Etsy and Poshmark (eBay/Merkari coming soon), https://www.etsy.com/people/cmselfridge and https://poshmark.com/closet/okieflips I'm a published author of sensual romance. I write about stubborn men and women who don't take no for an answer, and there's always that golden HEA. Cowboys and first responders are my favorite contemporary heroes to write about. My light paranormal heroes are strong men ready to protect their women--not that they need protecting, since they are capable of caring for themselves.

Posted on 12/27/2013, in Branding, Goals, my writing, Pen of the Dreamer and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Sorry about your rib(s). Don’t push yourself. Give your body time to heal.

    I’ve self-published three books through Amazon. You can do it too.



  2. Calisa, I’m pretty sure you’ll get it done this 2014! All the best! 🙂


  3. Ouch! So sorry you’ve been through the bone crunchies this season – feel better soon! Congrats on taking the self-publishing plunge. I’ll look forward to following your progress and am confident you’ll make a success of because you’re doing it the right way, with a professional cover, professional editing, and experience-a-plenty under your belt. I’m very excited for you! Sending you best wishes for a healthy and happy new year!


  4. Here’s hoping that next year is much better. No more falling! Hugs, sweet girl and much success. I know you’ll finish this work and do awesome!


  5. Calisa, I can relate to your situation! I put my back out at the end of October and between that pain and other events in our lives, not to mention the holidays, I have not been able to work on my WIP since October!!! I’ll be back at it on Monday, though. And I am taking the same self-pub journey that you are, so we’re in this together 🙂 Sending wishes for great success in 2014!


  6. Happy Birthday, Calisa! I hope you’re feeling better, too!

    I look forward to hearing all about your self-publishing experiences. 🙂


  7. So sorry about your fall. I’m sure you will do fabulously and Good luck.


  8. Good on ya Calisa! Tres excited to hear how the self-publishing goes. I’d love to know what worked for you and what didn’t, how you decided where to post the book (so many retailers!) – just everything! Good luck! And hope you get better soon, miss. xo


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