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Writing Wednesday: To Be Read, or NOT To Be Read?

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.

Just saying…


CatsOfWar_I_CoverSince 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:

Use coupon code WF25Z


VictimlessCoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including his latest publication “Victimless”, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:
• His Amazon Author page:
• Barnes & Noble:
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):
• His site on WordPress:
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:
• His Goodreads author page:
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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