Pause for round of applause

Yesterday’s word count: 800 of the precious little wiggly monsters.

*Pauses for round of applause.*

*Then admits sheepishly that the final 20 or so are ridiculous, added only because I really wanted to hit the magic zero-zero spot.*

First act of today will be to delete the last couple of sentences I wrote yesterday and head in a new direction.

I’ve also somehow picked up 2 new followers on fictionpress, which is really nice. I know lots of people don’t want anyone to read their work until it’s final and polished and as perfect as can be, but I like having people reading my drafts. It motivates me. As far as I can tell, no one is a harsher critic of my writing than I am (except maybe the mysterious Elizabeth who gave Ghosts a 1-star rating on Amazon with an eye-rolling-ly ridiculous review). For me, knowing that readers want to keep reading is a huge help in keeping me writing instead of spinning in circles.

So today’s goals: well, laundry and vacuuming and cleaning the kitchen and exercising the dogs and along the way, 1000 words. I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic. Yesterday was better than I expected it to be, but with the exception of about a paragraph or two, I’m flying blind on this chapter. I know where I want the characters to be and what I want them to know at the end of the chapter, but I don’t really know what they’re doing in the middle of the chapter. Off I go to explore with them!

Anyone else care to check in?

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7 thoughts on “Pause for round of applause

  1. I am here. 😀 Congrats on all of your progress this week!

    I’ve been online for a while now…researching a few details on the themes in my storyline. It feels great to be able to ignore everything else around me for a while and zero in on Covenant.

    Do you use Twitter much? I’m having to research it for a couple of business reasons. I really need to work a bit harder at Twitter. I’m learning more about using hashtags since it’s a phenomenon that has spread now to Facebook too. And it usage has been parodied by comedians: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57dzaMaouXA

    While I’m at it, I thought I would “claim” a hashtag for us. Not that we would own it by any means. But I need one to experiment with while I learn how to successfully use Twitter. So, shall I claim and define #writepush or #thewritepush? I thought about using #prodsquad, but rejected it for two reasons. 1) It isn’t obvious what we do without the word “write” in it. 2) Prod could be totally misinterpreted and hijacked for use in ways that might make even me blush. 😉

    My goal for today is to define my fall schedule of writing time and promotion/marketing time for my current books on the market. Can’t forget about them. The holiday shopping season is here and I have some KDP time to use that’s been wasting away all year.

    • I’ve been on twitter for eons (since 2007, maybe? I know I was in the first 100k users) but until I linked this blog to it, I hadn’t posted anything there in months. I never did get very good at it. Striking up conversations with strangers is not really my thing. But if you want to hash tag, I’d go with #writepush, since someone else has claimed the WordPress domain for thewritepush. Otherwise, I would have taken that one.

      Business reasons, huh? I’ve been having some business ideas. We should talk. 🙂

  2. Definitely open to discussing business ideas. Need to bring in some new income. I’m off to the Southern Women’s Show for a few hours – have a marketing gig there today with one of my clients. 😉

    • Well, I don’t know how profitable this business would be short term. But you remember how we talked about starting a publishing company? I’ve been thinking that we should take the idea a little more seriously. There are a lot of completed works on various free fiction sites: fictionpress, wattpad, literotica (if we wanted to go in the erotic direction), and others. We could offer authors a limited publishing contract: their work gets copy-edited, formatted for ebooks, proofread, and then distributed to the major ebook sites. We write the marketing copy, create the cover, build them a basic author website, include their titles in group promotions. In exchange, we share in their royalties for either X amount of time or until we’ve earned X dollars, at which time, we turn the title and royalties over to them. We would need to make some basic investments upfront: a lawyer to draft an appropriate contract, and art for covers. Apart from that, though, it would be our time invested until we were earning enough that we needed to hire an accountant. To some extent, of course, it’s playing the lottery, just the way book publishing always is. But everything I read about being an independent author/publisher says that the more titles you have available, the better you’re going to do. This would be a way to leverage our skills in publishing & editing & design for a share of more titles. I don’t think we’d get rich (and certainly not quickly!) but if by the end of 2014, we had 20 titles making $100-$200/month, we’d both have pretty nice part-time jobs.

  3. I like the idea. I have an accountant and I’m already incorporated. We could start off as a new profit center of my corporation. Lord knows I need to do something to justify keeping this corporation up and running year after year. But as a team, we have a pretty impressive resume to back up the skills we’d be offering up: your writing/editing background and my graphics/marketing background.

    I think we’d make a BRILLIANT team. 😉

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