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IWSG: Hiding in my closet.

This post is part of  the Insecure Writer's Support Group

Monday, someone told me I need to do more marketing. It was all I could do to not laugh. Tell me something I don’t know.
Some days, I feel like I’m writing in a closet. I can hear others milling about on the other side of the door and when I have a book done, I slide it under that door and start on the next. And it feels like I have no way to control it after it’s gone. If someone picks it up that’s great…. I don’t really know how I’d make them pick it up.
I have decent sales and I have a lovely little following, but I have no idea to expand on that. So until I do figure that out, I’ll be sitting here in my closet, writing my books and reading through thoughts and ideas on the interwebs.

October's Wrap-up

A month of merriment, candy, and costumed children. And now it's over and we all turn our thoughts to the count down to Turkey - or we start tapping out words because it's NaNoWriMo!

Anyway, let's talk about last month....

Words Written: 34,647

31,717 of those were new words, the other 2,930 were in revision additions. And most of the words went into one or another of the upcoming Flynn books.

Drafts Finished: 0


Books Revised: 2

Going through the second to last changes on one book and the second on another.

Print Books Acquired: 8

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson - 
I grabbed this at a steal and after Jason Hough's recommendation, I couldn't pass it up. I've read the first two pages and it looks like it will be intense and interesting. Excited to get a chance to sit down with it.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon -
I will not lie: I bought this because of the tv series. I haven't watched the series, so I guess, I bought it because of the gif/picture sets on pinte…

So Long, September

Words Written: 44,091
I managed to hit my month goal, which was nice after several months of low word count. It’s amazing how much things like formatting and marketing can get in your way… and oh yeah, that little thing called life.I do have to be careful though… when I get too engrossed in meeting counts when I’m uber busy, I can and have found that I’ll forget to eat. Bad writer. Drafts Finished: 1

I powered through a rewrite of what is probably the fifth draft of a short story that will go up in January. I’m so much happier with it this go around, and it’s finally at the word count it needs to be at.
Books Revised: 2
The first revision was my first (or maybe second?) pass of the next Flynn Novella, the second was the input notes from beta #1. In all, I added a scant 2,845 to the two books and sent them off to their next reader. It’s like manuscript hot-potato over here.
Print Books Accuired: 6
Ready Player One – Earnest Cline This went on my list after I interviewed Jason M. Hough and he …

IWSG: Advice on Writing, Publishing, and Marketing

This post is part of  the Insecure Writer's Support Group

Writing - Make it a Habit and Keep Yourself Accountable Twitter and cat videos can be fun, but they don’t get any words on a page. Setting daily goals, making writing a habit and keeping yourself accountable are all keys to getting where you want to be. The goals don’t have to be huge, your habit doesn’t have to consume your whole life.

Start small if you need to. Get up a half hour early in the morning and tap out 500 words in one go, or snatch them whenever you can. Get in the habit and write down your accomplishments. Tangible evidence will always help spur you on to your next day’s goal. Keep these notes in a spreadsheet or in a journal. Make lists or write out what you wrote and how those scenes made you feel.

Publishing - Always Do Your Research Publishing a book is a job. You want to do it right – the first time. Whether you’re taking the traditional route through an agent, or wading into the murky water of self-publish…

IWSG: Incomplete


August in a Nutshell

Words Written: 28,464

With the exception of the final week, you can see my writing was quite… nonexistent. I’d like to blame that on the fact my nose was stuck in revision pages… but I don’t have a lot to show for that either.
Books Revised: 1 I was hoping to get 4 books revised, but three of them turned out to be such messes, I’m still slogging through them.
Print Books Acquired: 6
Images of America: Arizona Rangers by M. David DeSoucy
Timepiece by Myra McEntire Infinityglass by Myra McEntire Unspoken by Sara Rees Brennan Sword of the Bright Lady (ARC) by M. C. Planck The Betrayal of Flynn Monroe (by moi)
Books Read: 3
Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan Sword of the Bright Lady by M. C. Planck White Lady by Jessica Bell

IWSG: Starting Over


July is (Finally) Over

July is over and gone…. how did that happen?
I’ll admit, the summer months get me quite frazzled. I blame the excessive heat and the dust storms. (but that’s probably not the real reason)
August is here and now and I’ve every plan of getting back on track and keeping up with this. You are more than welcome to start a betting pool if you think I won’t be able to hack it. Maybe I wont.
So let’s get down to business July’s overview!
Books published: 1 (Though I did get another paperback edition up and running as well!)
Windthrow came out at the beginning of the month and let’s face it, that’s all I really got done over here on the blog this month – talking about that.
First Drafts finished: 1.5

Book 3 of the Flynn series is done and in edits so it is on-track for my planned pub date! and I’ve accomplished my goal of 50% on book 3.5 (a novella that takes place at the same time as book 3).
Total words written: 32,918

Not my best count, but thankfully not my worst count. Let’s bl…

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