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Writing Wednesday: Wondering Why We Write

Last Week’s Goals

Three blog entries posted as scheduled. I have everything I can reasonably expect back out to market – more about that below the asterisks.

I failed my weekly quota again, with only 2,320 words of fiction. I wrote on four days, and only made my daily quota twice. The words come from a FINAL final revision of “Too Much of a Good Thing”, and “And a Little Garlic” (finished at 799 words, and out to market), as well as the completion of “Rides with Strangers” (607 words, a story I wrote from a job interview prompt – waste not, want not.)Swordsmaster4

I’m currently rereading Swordsmaster (as part of my prep to get back into its sequel – Deception.) I was afraid that I would be disappointed; our skills hopefully improve as we write, and I’ve learned a number of things since I wrote Swordsmaster, but I’m still very pleased with it. There are many aspects of the story that conform with what I’ve since learned should be done that I did without knowing. I get an ATTABOY for that, and I’m actually looking forward resuming work on the sequel now.

On the MARKETING & PROMOTION Front

Simily.co is a new platform for selling short stories. The principle is similar to Kindle Select / Kindle Unlimited, where members (current fee is either free or a reduced amount as they start up) and authors get a small payment for each reader who looks at their story. There are two main differences between this and what Amazon does:

  1. This is only short fiction
  2. The author’s story doesn’t have to be exclusive (with Amazon’s scheme, you have to be exclusive)

The author retains all rights to their works, and can withdraw at any time. So far, I don’t see a downside, so I’m giving it a try to see what kind of pennies I pull in (2-cents a read right now.) You can check them out here:

https://simily.co/members/authorwilliammangieri/blog/

The concept seems to be picking up speed (I already have more reads in half of October than I had in all of last month. I’ve added two more stories, bringing my total library on the site to fourteen.

Again, I’d be glad to hear your thoughts and impressions of both my stories and the site in the comments here – thanx!

Markets and Why I Write

I began seriously writing in 2004 – well, not really. That was when I took a Franklin Covey course on time management that included some self analysis, through which I realized that my LIFE needed a creative outlet. But what to do?

In my youth I spent a lot of time with music. By the time I was twenty, I had learned to play Trumpet, French Horn, B-flat horn, and Trombone in school bands, dabbled with keyboards, taught myself some acoustic guitar and wrote about 15-20 songs. But going back into music was not easy to do without disturbing those who must live with you.

(In my later years I became a karaoke junkie, but I didn’t limit my singing to the occasional night out for pizza, and my family was regularly embarrassed by my singing while shopping in grocery stores.)

I did my first acting when I was in sixth grade, and was in at least twenty shows, the last one in 1979. Theatre wasn’t really an option – it was too dependent on others, and fitting it into a schedule with the rest of my life.

I had done some creative writing over the years – nothing serious (although the basis of Swordsmaster did fill eighty hand-written sheets before I put it “in te sock drawer” for thirty or so years. Writing did seem to be the least difficult  thing for me to use to satisfy that creative need.

Other writers might be sneering at this point – that writing isn’t a calling for me because I only started when I was forty-seven, and I didn’t even feel CALLED to write. Well, we all get to where we are through different paths. So what if mine wasn’t PURE? Mine is an obsessive, addictive personality, and once I start doing something, I stick with it.

Once I had chosen to write, I had some objectives. I wanted to make some money at it (writing is fun, but it’s also work, and we all deserve to be paid for our work – it’s also a way to measure how we’re doing.) At first I was only trying to get my work out to readers by submitting to traditional publishers – since I was only writing short fiction (until I finished Swordsmaster in 2019), that meant print and online magazines. I used to rely on Duotrope Digest to find markets until they started charging; I couldn’t justify the expense, so I stuck with the markets I’d already compiled. Now that there’s Literarium, it’s really helped with finding new (and appropriate) markets.

In 2012, I added indie publishing to my efforts to getting my work out to readers. Every piece of short fiction I write is shopped to markets that pay “professional” rates (except my two series, because what publisher would buy the later stories in a series?), and once I run out of those, I publish on Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. One day I hope to get a handle on this marketing thing, but it may simply be beyond my abilities.

At least I’m writing, and SOME people are reading it. It would be great if I was making more than pennies at it, but I keep writing anyway (it’s enough of a driving force in my life that I may very well die with a “pen” in my hand.)

So, why do you write? You know where the comments are. Just saying…

Current Book Promotions

In a Flash Detective Jimmy Delaney eBook CoverPurrMission-MainTall_025To see a list of promotions I’m offering on various books (including FREE starter eBooks for my Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series and my Detective Jimmy Delaney series), look HERE on my CURRENT BOOK PROMOTIONS page.

Reaching Out

William Mangieri’s writing has been published on Daily Science Fiction. His ninety or so short stories and related collections can be found at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Want to help me make a go of this writing gig WITHOUT IT COSTING YOU A PENNY? I’m in the Amazon Affiliates program, so any time you click one of the links I provide here to my books on Amazon, and then make a purchase of something like, say, a TV, I get a small percentage of Amazon’s profit. So PLEASE consider using one of my links to get to Amazon before you make that next purchase. Thanx!

To CONNECT WITH HIM (and LIKE and FOLLOW)

or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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