A Day of Meetings and Naps First
Even the meetings were fun and I don’t remember the naps.
THE DAY IN GENERAL
Managed to roll out of the house around 1:30 p.m. and hit the snail mail on the way to the first meeting.
Up to WMG Publishing offices then to talk with two other professional fiction writers, plus Kris came through to work in her office there and Allyson was in and around.
Sometimes that office is very quiet, sometimes it is a crazy place. And fun. Today was a fun day. Great conversations.
I worked on formatting Smith’s Monthly from 5 p.m. until a couple other writer friends showed up for some more wonderful talk. Then I had to go get Kris.
Home by 7 p.m. to cook dinner and watch the news.
Came in here around 9:30 p.m. to do e-mail but by 10 p.m. I felt so tired I needed a nap.
Since Kris was reading near my reading chair, I went into our dark bedroom and two hours later stumbled out. Watched some television, and finally got back in here around 2 a.m.
I did a 1,100 word section on the novel before tossing in the towel on that. Far too tired.
Took a break, did a chapter on the Sales Copy book. 1,250 words.
So 1,100 words of fiction. 1,250 words of nonfiction. Better than I thought I would get done tonight.
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: A Fantastic Post on the Places to Publish
Tonight over a list someone sent a link to a wonderful article Bookbub did on all the places to publish your work to get it out to readers.
And they have a ton of links.
So for those out there who are asking where you can start putting your work up, this article is a savior. And it has a ton of information and suggestions.
They even have a one page comparison chart you can print off, but read everything.
And if you already know how to put stuff up and other younger writers are asking you how, now you can just send them to this article.
This has been a public service announcement. Put this link in your history because trust me, you will want to pass it around to friends and other writers.
Now, one thing I noticed is that they say they see many using CreateSpace to get paper books into Amazon and IngramsSpark to get books into the trade distribution systems.
Seems logical to me if you only have a few titles in paper.
But if you are aiming at a lot of titles, that Sparks up-front fee and yearly title fee will chew you up something awful.
So it might sound all good to go both ways early on. But caution. Those Sparks fees can really snap your budget.
In fact, my suggestion is stay away completely with anything that has upfront fees. That’s where they are making their money, not on sales of your work. Stay with no fees up front. That way they only make money if you make money.
But that is just my suggestion.
The overall article is stunning. Go read it.
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.
Day 9… 1,100 words… Total Words to date… 15,400 words.
Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 13
Writing in Public blog streak Day 743
— Daily Fiction: 1,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 15,400 words
— Nonfiction: 1,250 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 10,250 words
— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,400 words
— E-mail: 15 e-mails. Approx. 800 original words. E-mails month-to date: 397 e-mails. Approx. 13,900 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers
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