Status of goals from last week – 3 blog posts, stories cycling back to market as quickly as possible. My next release date is March 30th – I haven’t picked which story it will be yet, but since it’s not a collection there won’t be a preorder campaign, so I have plenty of time. Continued my minimal comments on other blogs.
I did a little better than last week in fiction production, but still a disappointing 825 words (this time around, I get to blame more life issues – one family member with surgery, another with pneumonia.) Swordsmaster revisions continue – just under 72,000 words, now.
Sometimes I worry about the fact that I’m LISTENING to books instead of READING them. The purpose of my reading (other than enjoyment, which is assumed, since if it’s not enjoyable, what do I hope to learn from it? I’m not looking for a negative lesson) is to learn what works, and how to fill in where I might be deficient. When I listen to Roy Dotrice reading George R.R. Martin’s work, I’m not really what the author wrote. I’m hearing another reader’s interpretation (and dramatization) of the words the author put on the page. It isn’t the original source.
But wait – what is it that I’m trying to learn? It’s how to improve my writing – how to draw the reader in and keep their interest. Roy Dotrice’s voice doesn’t keep me from noticing how Martin wrote the details, or how a novel can be paced to keep the reader engaged.
It makes me wonder if my ability to write dialogue might translate into a more “audible” narrative – something that the readers can hear inside their own heads. After all, I hear voices in my own head – Fact is, I WANT my readers to hear those things, too. Maybe listening to an actual voice might teach me how o make that happen for them.
As I continue my marketing slip-ups – I have entered Smashwords’ Ninth Annual Read an Ebook Week Sale, but I managed to enter it a day late. Oh, well, at least I’m there now. All of my short story collections are on sale with a half-price coupon through March 10th. Check them out here: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
Heck, don’t just check them out – BUY THEM! (how do you like THAT bold attempt at self promotion?)
William Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent publication The Next Three ‘Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND’ – 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