Five Short-Story-Per-Week Writers…
They didn’t make it through the holiday season. And actually, that is fewer than I would have expected to lose.
Middle of the winter, flu and cold season, holiday, travel, and who knows what else. A ton of reasons to not complete a story in a week, or even think about writing for a few weeks.
And this year, with the holidays smack in the middle of the week so none of us had a clue if it was Monday, Tuesday, Friday, or what? Sunday deadline just seemed alien to many, me included.
And what was amazing is that all five writers that dropped out over the holiday season had made it over 26 weeks, which means that not only did they have 26 or more stories than when they started, but they got the extra workshop credit of $900 instead of the $600 credit.
I understand, they didn’t make the lifetime carrot at the end, but still more than 26 short stories done is a major win. And $900 in workshop credit ain’t bad either.
That’s why we set up these three challenges the way we did. We wanted them to be win/win all the way.
PUBLISHING A BOOK A MONTH CHALLENGE
That new challenge has been stirring up some interesting learning for many of us, again me included. Since I put myself on it and will be talking about my publishing adventures in videos on the challenge every week or so, I got suddenly focused on the timing of the publications I am doing.
That is something that others who have decided to try the challenge have said as well. The timing of the first one is critical. You have one month from when you start (you can set your start date…) to publish the first book electronically. (You also need to get it into paper as soon as you can, but no time limit on that.)
And the problem is that with most of us, there are other people involved, such as a copyeditor to find typos. So I got my first large collection in to my copyeditor before the first of year. It is back, and the book will be published around the 20th or so. Luckily I picked something that needed very little on that front.
I have two other large collections into the copyeditor now.
I said I would do 36 books in twelve months, but I have to follow the minimum of one per month as well as everyone in the challenge. So when two others in the challenge said they were learning by looking at publishing timing, I realized that was a side benefit of the challenge.
Learning how schedule and be a publisher. That is something so many writers never get a handle on. So fun.
So you want to jump into any or all three of the challenges (no one has tried that yet), check them out on Teachable.