Mostly doing well on my goals: Blog posts and market rotations still as planned. My story total for this year still sits at 6, but 7,8, & 9 are all in various stages of preparation – I should be able to count all in the finished column by the end of July. If I’m lucky I’ll have story #10 as well. AND THEN I better get going on Swordsmaster.
I am having a struggle with prepping “Baastards’ Revenge” for release later this month – I want to do a preorder campaign, but the cover is a bit complicated. I was also thwarted by the corruption of my word document – fortunately I had a backup, but there were some additional changes made after the backup that I needed to remember.
Two weeks of my new 300-words-per-day goal (rather than 3000-words-per-week), and again success: 4066 words! I am over 3700 words into Herc Tom #5 (working title “Imperial Whim”); I again have a general idea of where it’s going, but just had 2 new characters pop up in the last 500 words that may drag the story in an unexpected direction (I was serious when I meandered Monday about the Monkeys in My Head .)
Why do I write? For creative release. For the thrill of the chase. For a little money to supplement my looming retirement. For appreciation. To be read.
One of my weaknesses as a (successful) writer is that I don’t make a conscious effort to create a hook (the mechanism that draws a reader into your story in the first page so they feel compelled to continue.) I make excuses for myself, saying things like “that’s not the way the story came out”, when I know that the real problem is stubbornness. It grates on me to deliberately alter the story just to make the start more interesting to the reader.
Bill – do you hear how stupid that sounds?
Like any other rule of writing, you can choose to ignore a rule if you’re willing to live with the consequences. This one is about deciding what you’re willing to do to make someone want to read your story.
I bellyache about how I don’t know how to market, and I’m sure I would sell more if I could figure out how to generate traffic to my stories. There’s a saying that you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. So even if I could lead readers to my stories, I would still have to do something to make them want to read them. Unless all I want is to be able to say I wrote all these stories, and it doesn’t matter whether anyone reads them. I don’t think so.
Since the fourth Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire story (“Baastards’ Revenge”) will be releasing on July 28th (I am still working on the cover – hope to have it available on preorder by the weekend), NOW would be a good time to encourage all of you to read the first three stories, all conveniently collected in Cats of War I. So I’m offering a Smashwords coupon to cut the price to just 99-cents for the collection (such a deal!)
Here’s the link on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/588921
Use coupon code WF25Z
William Mangieri’s writing, including his latest publication “Victimless”, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• His Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books): https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=william+mangieri&sitesearch_type=STORE
To CONNECT WITH HIM (and LIKE and FOLLOW), go to
• His site on WordPress: https://williammangieri.wordpress.com
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/NoTimeToThink
• His Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893616.William_Mangieri
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri