Tuesday, October 06, 2015

October's To-Dos and Shameless Promotions

The first full week in October and I started out kind of slow. I really needed a nap yesterday, but I persisted through sleepy eyelids to keep everything on track. My writing calendar is a more than a little full. This month I will:

  • launch a book
  • revise my project for Kindle Scout
  • outline my 2015 NaNoWriMo project 
  • write, revise and release a novella by the end of the month

I'm glad I didn't throw any short stories or poetry in there. Those projects are still waiting patiently for their turns.

I've also launched my Fiverr gig for anyone who wants a little help promoting their books. I'm running a book spotlight on Book Review Bin and I hope you find this affordable advertising within your marketing budget. I put up one of my books to provide a sample of what the spotlights will look like.

And since I'm in promo mode, don't forget that the ebook of Seeing What Develops is available for pre-order now until the 15th. The print version should be available from Amazon and Createspace by the 15th.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Seeing What Develops is Coming -- PreOrder Your Copy!

It's been nearly a year in the making, and the release date for Seeing What Develops is finally here! The book will be released on October 15th. Pre-orders for the Kindle book start TODAY, and the paperback version will be available by the 15th. And don't forget to to add it to your Goodreads shelf!

I wouldn't be here on the brink of the release of my first full-length novel without the place where it all started--National Novel Writing Month. It was November 2014 when I took this short idea I had scribbled on a piece of paper and just ran with it. I didn't stop until I hit 50,000 words. Not only was this a product of NaNoWriMo, it also gave me my first NaNoWriMo win. Seeing it in print only makes it feel like every grasp for a word, every edit of repetitious phrases and every hour spent glaring at a computer screen to get here was worth it.

And this is just the beginning. I have many more writing projects in the pipeline, so I know that I'll be busy throughout the final months of 2015 and into 2016. This year's NaNoWriMo is coming up too and I have a doozy of an idea for it. If all goes according to plan, I'll have the first draft of the next Great American Novel by December 1st. Maybe. ;-) 

I hope you continue to join me on my journey!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Many Plans in Place

As you can see, I've planned out my next three and a half months of writing projects and some marketing stuff to go along with it. I've never been so organized about my own writing in my life. I usually save my organizational skills for my day job. I knew that if I just gave myself solid deadlines, it wouldn't work. I have to see the space between today and the deadline to make sure I stay on track. If all goes according to plan, Seeing What Develops will be released soon and I'll have plenty of drafts on the road to publication in 2016.

Of course all of this planning makes me think about my future, so I was looking for ways to supplement my income doing what I do best. I had the idea of offering services on Fiverr, but for the price of the work (and the service fee subtracted from price), it had to be something within my time constraints. I want to offer a book spotlight on this blog or Book Review Bin, but my biggest concern is my followers will think it's too many posts. I may have to limit the amount of spotlights I do per week, but I think it can be a great way to help other authors with exposure. I'll get back to you on this one once I have my job posted.

Until next time, Folks...

Monday, September 14, 2015

Aren't Stars Beautiful?

The ones in the sky... sure. The ones that make up five-star reviews, even better.

The past five days have been pretty great over here in my little world. Not only did I get a five-star review for Melody of Love, I just received a five-star review for Unfolding Life this morning. Beautiful, beautiful stars.

Both of these reviews come from Reader's Favorite, so they won't be factored into my overall Amazon star rating (or probably my Goodreads rating either), but the exposure is more than I thought I would get, especially for the haiku collection. Now it's time to affix my little digital seal to the covers so I can brag without actually bragging anymore than I am right now.

As great as these reviews are, it's all about looking forward keep the momentum going. I'm itching to get started on multiple projects, but my to-do lists just aren't cutting it. So I printed out calendar pages to clearly see the time frames for all of the tasks I have to do: first drafts, revisions, covers, etc. It will also give me a better picture on when and how to start marketing each project. It might be old school to use paper, but I know that the visual aid will provide more help to keep me accountable for my distractions--mostly TV binges. But that's just research for scriptwriting, isn't it? ��

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Because I Like a Challenge

I'm sitting here, day after day telling my lovely readers about the books I have for sale (Unfolding Life and Melody of Love, if you have forgotten) and about my upcoming project (Seeing What Develops). But I can tell you that my mind is miles ahead of all these things. I'm already editing, revising and working up the marketing for more projects to come. That's where I'm running into the most common problem a writer can have: staying in a single category or branching out to a new genre.

Right now, my work falls into the categories of romance and chick-lit, which often go hand in hand when it comes to sales and the type of reader interested in it. I like writing in these genres. They are fun and light. Personally, I like to read this stuff right after a heavy literary novel or a long biography to break things up on my reading list. But this isn't all I write. I have suspense novels in various stages of completion. I have also started something I still can't categorize but may end up in literary fiction, though it seems to have elements of an alternate world--just not alternate enough to be categorized as fantasy.

Like my reading list, I don't think my writing should have too much of one genre back to back. That, and I'm having a difficult time realizing I'm in a writing rut when it comes to assigning characters professions--I seem to use the same three in all of my romance/chick-lit. While I'm working that out, I'm going to get my first suspense novel ready.

Writers approaching a change in genre can do two things: they can hide it or they can embrace it. I'm choosing to embrace this change, even if it means having to build a whole new readership. I think the readers who like my romance would still enjoy my suspense trilogy, though they have to wait longer for the romantic payoff. Some writers hide a genre change behind a pseudonym and never mix their marketing between different types of readers. This is often the advice for readers who don't have a huge fan base in either category.

Nope. Not going to hide. I'm going to make that turn into suspense and hope my readers will follow me there. Of course, I'm also looking forward to picking up more readers along the way.