4 Years of Indie Publishing – And a Sabbatical


It’s been four years since I started along the exciting path of indie publishing my books. And lots has changed. Here’s the post I did 18 months in.

The first 18 months were spent in learning the technology to actually produce print or ebooks, getting distribution, and starting the marketing journey. Since then, I’ve produced more books; in fact, my publishing company Mims House, now has 35 books in its catalog. We’ve been recognized for excellence several times.

Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story by Darcy Pattison | MimsHouse.com

2017 Fall Junior Library Guild selection

As I’ve worked on books, Fiction Notes has fallen by the wayside.. And I think it’s time to move on.

Changing With the Times: Good-bye Fiction Notes

Fiction Notes has been a big part of my life for 8 years. It started slowly and innocently. A friend said, “Just write anything. Just try a blog.”

As I wrote fiction, I posted about my struggles and ways to overcome the writing problems. And it found – you – the audience who reads this blog. It’s been incredible to be a part of YOUR writing process. Thanks for all the emails over the years that a certain post resonated with you that day. It kept me writing.

But I think it’s time to stop writing for Fiction Notes for a while. I’ve done fewer posts this year than ever before, because I was distracted. But also because I feel like I’ve said most of the things I want to about writing. It began to feel very repetitive. I know that the early readers of the blog haven’t read everything; but for me, it was different, like I was writing to get traffic, instead of writing things that I was passionate about. Oh, I’m STILL passionate about my writing! And about teaching!

After 8 years, it’s time to change focus. All the content will remain up.

Who knows? Maybe I just need a short sabbatical and can come back with enthusiasm!

Where to Find Darcy Online

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I hope you’ll come along with me on this adventure of putting great books into the hands of readers. But if you’re off on your own journey and need to focus elsewhere — well, it’s been fun!

As always, send me your good news!

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