Great Question This Afternoon…
How does an indie writer balance the writing at pulp speed with all the publishing stuff?
Got a hunch I’m going to be returning to this question a number of times in future posts, but for a short, first answer, here I go…
PULP SPEED ONE
About 1,000,000 (1 million) original words per year. This averages to about 2,750 words a day for 365 days. (numbers rounded)
Or about 83,300 words per month. So if you do 3,000 words a day and over 84,000 words per month ON AVERAGE for a year, you are writing at PULP SPEED ONE.
So first lets use me as an example…
I tend to average 1,000 words per hour writing fiction. Finished draft, ready to be copyedited.
So for me to do 3,000 words a day takes about three hours. A novel is about 45,000 words, so about 15 days when not hurrying. (That is Pulp Speed One… Over 2o novels a year.)
I do a lot of email, so that takes me a few hours a day to do emails and workshop assignments and new recordings. (Most of you won’t have that.)
Copyediting by others is something I can’t do. So I hire a copyeditor or give it to the staff at WMG Publishing to do.
Getting front and back promotion matter together takes a little time, but then can often be copy and pasted. I lay out all my short stories and Smith’s Monthly as well, so lately that has been a learning curve on InDesign.
I also do my own covers except for my novel covers. Allyson at WMG does those.
If I spend an hour a day at all that once I have the learning curve under control, it would be a lot.
I also count any “consumable” word in my daily word count. So on average I tend to write in introductions and blogs and things about 500 words more per day. (I do not count responses to workshops or responses on blogs or Facebook posts.) Takes less than an hour on hard days.
— Three hours a day writing 3,000 words.
— Two hours a day email and workshops.
— Average one hour a day layout and publishing.
— Less than an hour of blogs and other “consumable” words. 500 words.
Seven hours total to write 3,500 words and do the publishing and other stuff.
That is a total of 1,277,000 words per year or over Pulp Speed Two.
That’s me. Most of you won’t have the two hours of emails and the hour of other “consumable” words.
So the publishing fits in when you are writing at at Pulp Speed one very nicely at 3 to 1 ratio.
Three hours of writing, one hour of indie publishing.
The hard part is for those with jobs and family and such to carve out those four hours.
If you don’t have a real-world job and a great family and are not writing at least at Pulp Speed One or higher, you might need to deal with some other issues holding you back.
Got a new lecture series on myths coming that might help you on that.
(By the way, this blog is over 520 words… just saying.)