Deflated Like a Child’s Balloon

As I’ve mentioned previously, my first book ‘hero’ is out for review with a number of people. The story is definitely getting thumbs up so a little pat on the back for that. Yeah!!!

Now for the bad news. I recently received feedback from a published author and while she liked the story, there were a number of issues she brought up. The said I still tell too much rather than show. She also emphasized that a content editor would really help me. Especially to fill in gaps in the story that she thought would make it even better.

The critique went on and on for many paragraphs. I felt like it would never end. That was when I realized that there is still a long road ahead of me to be able to put this book up for sale.Β That is a deflating feeling after a nine year journey already. I expected that far fewer edits would be necessary since I had already gone through it a couple of times.

I’ve written parts of the next few books which makes me want to toss them since I likely repeated her highlighted mistakes. I actually have already written 25,000 words of my next fiction book, ‘The Boys of Brighton Beach’. That hurts now.

Well, I guess as in anything in life, I have a choice. Quit or just keep moving forward.

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The Author’s Curse

Inconsistency has been the name of the game. Sometimes, I was able to write my minimum word count of 500 while other days I got nothing done. A few days though, I did manage to write 1,000 plus words which definitely lifted my spirits πŸ™‚ I always remind yourself that the only way you can call yourself a writer is if you sit down and write…every day.

Still, I need to hit it. I have a lot of book goals for 2017 and the only way I’ll come close to hitting them is to crank every day. So what’s the plan going forward?

I am working on my second fiction book ‘The Boys of Brighton Beach’. I have created a note with the various important events that happen to the main characters. They are not chapters per se, but help me in writing the story. Each day I hope to write two of these mini-stories totaling over 1,000 words. My target is to complete writing these mini-stories by April 2nd. The total word count should be 55,000+ words. I will then do round one of editing. Round one involves me going through the entire story, identifying unnecessary material or missing content and adding details which really make the story. I will also divide it into chapters which make sense. Round two involves running the chapters through an online editor which will really help to clean it up. By this point, I expect to be around 75,000 words. I will then submit this version of the book to an editor for round three. After those changes are incorporated, it will go out to family and friends.

I’m not sure how long this will take, but that’s the plan. Additionally, I will be working on other books plus my blogs as well. Buckle up, it’s gonna be crazy in order to hit my goals πŸ™‚

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Keep the Momentum

So, I’ve been gone for a week camping at Big Bend National Park. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, you should definitely check it out. It was beautiful! Ok, enough of that. On to the business at hand.

I nervously wait for feedback about my first book ‘hero’ which is my first fiction effort. Next up I have four books that I am kind of working on simultaneously; The Lazy Writer’s Guide to Finishing a Book, Confessions of a Failure, The Boys of Brighton Beach (Fiction) and This Time is Different.

I plan on making the Lazy Writer’s Guide a permafree book which will have the offer to receive another free book when it is ready (if they sign up for my newsletter).

I have a goal of writing 500 words a day which I had been keeping before I left for my trip. I will pick it up from today, but I am considering whether that needs to be increased given how many books I have in the stable. I want the number to be high enough that I feel like I am moving forward towards finishing all of my books but low enough that I feel like it is attainable each day. Otherwise I might quit doing it.

I definitely need to monetize each book so there is a certain amount of pressure to move forward as aggressively as possible.

That’s the update folks! Back to actual writing πŸ™‚

 

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I’ve Been a Good Author

While I wait for the reviews from my writer’s Meetup about ‘hero’, I’ve slowly moving ahead on my other books. The book I intend on making permafree called ‘The Lazy Writer’s Guide to Finishing a Book’ I have managed to push forward a little more each day. I believe I have all the content I need to put this together. Basically my word count is at about 10,000 and I haven’t really done much writing yet.

The next step is to research how to write a humorous non-fiction book and try to incorporate as much of that into this book as makes sense. I’ve already fallen behind my schedule for 2017 so I need to hustle to get this done. I applaud myself though for pushing this forward πŸ™‚

My next fiction book (historical Indian fiction) is titled ‘The Boys of Brighton Beach’. I’ll provide a more in depth summary on another post, but basically it’s about 5 teenage boys find adventure across the world and end up in India where their world is changed forever. I’ve recently set a word count goal for each day. I read somewhere that if you want to call yourself a writer, you have actually write I decided to take the step of enforcing a daily word count. I’ve been pretty good about hitting it too. It’s not a big goal though. Only 500 words. Still, sticking to the writing is important and I have been. Again, I applaud myself.

‘hero’, ‘The Lazy Writer’s Guide to Finishing a Book’ and ‘The Boys of Brighton Beach will all be released in the first half of 2017. More books are also on the way as you can see from the picture. That image is for my non-fiction book ‘This Time is Different’ which “celebrates” 100 years since the fall of Russia to communism. Timely, no?

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Now or Later

I have a bit of a dilemma today. As I mentioned in my previous post, my writer’s Meetup group is beta reading my book ‘hero’. Great, right? Well, kind of. Feedback is not expected back until April 6. Sad face here.

Ok, so now what do I do? I can finish editing on my own, incorporate the feedback I have gotten and upload it for sale. Then in April, after I have received new feedback from the Meetup group, I can incorporate the new feedback and upload that version for sale. Or I can simply not do anything with this book until April and finish it then.

My Meetup leader says I should put aside this book and start work on another to clear my head. I’m not sure what makes sense though. I need to sell books, because monetizing this is important but I don’t want to put something less than great up for sale.

Any thoughts?

 

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One Step at a Time is How You Finish a Long Journey

So, I’ve been adding readers and getting feedback bit by bit. I meet people all over and I keep asking people to read my book. One Meetup group that I recently joined has decided to beta read my book first which is terrifying and amazing. I have over fifteen other readers besides that so good times.

No matter what you do ahead of time, this will be a grind. Don’t let anyone tell you different. It’s like pushing a boulder uphill.

I can’t decide when to put the book up for sale. I’m reading it out loud currently and will be done this week. I guess I want to make sure that have some reviews ready before I put it up as that will help push up my ranking :-).

Getting people to read it is still like pulling teeth though. As an introvert, its not really an enjoyable experience. I feel kind of slimy sometimes 😦

I’ve also been working on what I plan to be a permafree eBook, but work on that has slowed, so we’ll see when I can pick that back up.

I’ll keep going. Either you keep pushing the boulder up or it comes back down on you. No choice but to keep going I guess.

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There’s Always Another Detour

So, the book editing is continuing with me reading it out loud. Ouch! While I had made many changes during my previous editing sessions, I guess I caused some problems as well. I am finding those problems as I read the book out loud. I’m glad I’m doing this. Highly recommended. Read your book out loud before putting it up for sale!

As I mentioned previously, I have sent my book to friends and family as well as people I have met randomly trying to get feedback and reviews. One person has returned her feedback and, that’s right, it’s the girl from Match.com. Thanks family. Thanks friends :-0

I don’t know what this girl expects for a single review though πŸ˜‰

BTW, I did reach out to fourteen domestic violence groups and so far three have indicated interest in reading my book. That’s not bad at all!

Finally, I as I slowly transition from writing/editing to marketing of ‘hero’ I wanted to talk a little bit about the importance of reviews. I came across a very interesting answer on Quora about using rankings to determine sales (you can’t). One of the answers goes through and explains though that you can use reviews to estimate sales. The author said that you can multiply the number of reviews times a multiple (low:20, medium:140, high:600) to come up with a rough number. This doesn’t apply when are very few reviews apparently, but otherwise produces reasonable estimates. If I get ten reviews right off the bat, the range of sales would be low: 10×20=200, medium: 10×140=1,400, high: 10×600=6,000. From a money perspective, since I plan on pricing at $4.99, my after Amazon take would be $3.44 per book. Thus money from the low forecast would be: $688, a medium forecast would produce: $4,816 and a high forecast would produce: $20,640. Obviously, I will try to make my own estimates and not rely too heavily on the above, but it does give me an idea of where I should try to be.

My goal should be to try and get at least five reviews every month and target the medium forecast multiple.

We’ll see how it all fleshes out. In the meantime, back to reading out loud and catching more errors.

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