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Both Books Moving Forward

Writing Two Books at Once

Yeah, kind of weird when you think about it. But working on a novel and working on the How to Write Fiction Sales Copy. I have 19 of the 32 blurbs written in six chapters so far. The novel, well that’s going a little slower.


Managed to roll out of the house around 3 p.m. and did some standard running around I tend to do most days. First snail mail, then to WMG Publishing, then bank, then out to the WMG Publishing store and then back to WMG offices.

I got back there around 5 p.m. and worked on formatting Smith’s Monthly mostly until Kris got there at 7:30 p.m. Then home to take a short nap, dinner, news, and dishes.

Then in here to do e-mail around 9:30 p.m. Then I turned my attention to doing a chapter on the sales book.

Got that done around midnight at 1,400 words long. Went to watch some television, then back here to do a few chores I had been putting off, then to my writing computer around 2 a.m.

I did a 900 word section.

Took a break, did another 1,000 words by 4 a.m. and called it enough since I have to get up early in the morning.

So 1,900 words of fiction. 1,400 words of nonfiction

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Massive Deadlines

I talked about this a little earlier, but at the moment right now I have some pretty massive deadlines. And time is just clicking away.

I only had one month in my traditional writing career that even came close to the regular deadlines and work I am doing as an indie writer month after month, now that I am in control of my own work and career.

Now I would have it no other way anymore. But the deadlines to keep this new career moving forward the way I want to move can sometimes be pretty demanding. Not a complaint, just a fact.

In fact, looking back on those one hundred plus novels in traditional now seems like a walk in the park compared to what I am doing now. Again, no complaint. Just an observation.

I really had slowed myself down in those days due to lack of control and market. All restraints that are now lifted.

So one of the things I now do is plans with deadlines. Regularly, on one piece of paper, in handwriting, so I can see it clearly, I detail out what I need to do to hit schedules.

So this Monday or Tuesday I need to have an issue of Smith’s Monthly to the printer.

I need by the same point to have the blurb book to WMG Publishing because the blurbs also need to be moved into the Stories from July book which should be coming back from the copyeditor about that point.

I need to have all the taxes for three corporations to the accountant by Monday or so.

I need to have the workshops recorded and ready to go by Monday. I tend to record the new workshops right ahead of the new week in case something comes up in the early weeks we didn’t have planned. So two new workshops going on right now, Career and Character Development, so that takes time.

All by Monday.

Plus I am working the store one day and I have a possible quick road trip.

So the new novel is just going to keep puttering along until a few of these other firm deadlines clear. (grin) But I still plan on having a few big days and making a run at the end. But when those big days will happen chances are won’t be between here and Monday. (grin).

Damn, I love this new world. I love the control, love setting projects that push me both in the project and in working more hours.

I just can’t imagine going back to the days when it takes a year or two after I finish a book for it to come out. Now something I write hits print usually within two months.

That’s actually a short enough time I can remember the book. Back in traditional publishing, a new book would come out and so much time would have passed, I wouldn’t have remembered writing it.

So I’m working harder, have more deadlines, and am having a ton more fun.


Writing of Heaven Painted as a Cop Car

Day 1… 2,100 words… Total Words to date… 2,100 words.
Day 2… 2,300 words… Total Words to date… 4,400 words.
Day 3… 0,000 words… Total Words to date… 4,400 words.
Day 4… 2,400 words… Total Words to date… 6,800 words.
Day 5… 2,100 words… Total Words to date… 8,900 words.
Day 6… 1,100 words… Total Words to date… 10,000 words.
Day 7… 2,400 words… Total Words to date… 12,400 words.
Day 8… 1,900 words… Total Words to date… 14,300 words.


Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 12

Writing in Public blog streak Day 742

— Daily Fiction: 1,900 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 14,300 words  

— Nonfiction: 1,400 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 9,000 words

— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,800 words

— E-mail: 17 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 382 e-mails. Approx. 13,100 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers


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