As I go I will document my ups and downs. I don't expect a smooth ride. In fact there may be a lot more downs than ups. In the end though I expect success. Either way It is sure to be a learning experience.
I can't rightfully call this day one because the book is not finished. I have finished my first draft but I still have a long way to go. I am starting again on page one. I am looking for misspelled words and grammatical errors with the help of an app called Grammarly. At this time I will also be seeking to improve on my characters and the plot. The manuscript may get larger or smaller depending on what I find. Like other authors sometimes I think I made something perfectly clear to the reader but on second look I realized that I didn't. I hope to improve on the book quite a bit on this second draft. A third draft will be necessary to make sure I didn't miss anything.
Currently the manuscript is right at 70,000 words. I see that as a reasonable length for a novel. I've read that publishers don't generally like big manuscripts from new authors.
I do plan to continue marketing my books and writing others that may be self-published. The truth is I don't know for sure what I'll be doing in the future. It just depends on what's happening at the time. So, I'll just see where this road takes me.