I started this blog in late 2008 as a way to document my "adventures" in independently publishing my first novel. This included everything from the post-content creation phase through production, promotion, and sales tracking. Beginning at just around that time the publishing industry began to change in very substantial ways, first with the advent of print on demand and then the rapid explosion of digital self-publishing.
Consequently, since then I've been focused primarily on trying to keep up with the rapidly evolving landscape of the publishing world, and this blog has gotten more and more technically involved and less about the creative process than I had originally planned once that first book was put to bed.
In addition, my own creative process has changed enormously with the inclusion of illustrated graphics in my ongoing Ring Saga project, an addition which has greatly increased the burden of technology in my life. Producing text-only books is a simple process by comparison to the creation of a fully illustrated graphic novel, particularly in digital format. This is why I've been so focused here on ebook production over the past year or so. And I intend to continue working on those aspects of independent publishing, and talking about it here.
But I've also decided to start a new blog to document and discuss the creative side of book production, from developing story ideas to struggling with plot complications and character flaws. Things book readers would be more interested in than how to format a Kindle ebook, like why I had a particular character make a particular choice, or what color should the Fafnir dragon be. Those elements just don't seem to fit this blog audience, which has grown over the years into an eclectic group of tech-focused authors and ebook creators, rather than readers of my own creative work, who I fear I have somewhat alienated here. Hopefully the new blog will rectify that, and give those readers a place to go.
In the menu above you'll find a link to this new, as-yet-untitled, content-focused blog at rscotjohns.com. I suppose I'll just call it "Scot's Other Blog."