Last Week’s Goals
Three blog entries posted as scheduled. I have everything I can reasonably expect back out to market. (There are a couple of stories that are waiting for markets to open.)
I finished my rereading of Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles trilogy (The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear; I’ve been told that The Doors of Stone may finally be finished, but I have no idea whether that’s true, or when it will be released. I can’t wait – but I guess I’ll have to…) I have returned to Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time (my third read-through), partly because the style of the books doesn’t contaminate my writing about Sandrik and Swordsmaster, but also because Amazon’s TV series will begin next month.
I’ve decided to keep to my ePublishing schedule, so the official release day for “Too Much of a Good Thing” remains November 12th. The book is now available for preorder – see below and on my Current Book Promotions page.
I failed my weekly quota once again, with only 762 words of fiction. I wrote on six days, but didn’t make my daily quota on any of them. This was all in the rereading of Swordsmaster (as part of my prep to get back into its sequel – Deception.) This turned into a minor revision (no major changes – just better word choices and silly mistakes I missed in my editing a couple of years ago.)
On the MARKETING & PROMOTION Front
Simily.co is a new platform I started trying at the end of August. 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:
- This is only short fiction
- 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. I have fourteen stories on the platform, pulling in 2-cents a read. You can check them out here:
It seems to be going well – October is markedly better than September, and I have no reason to expect a slowdown. I’m using the platform to boost my miserable sales numbers (yes – 2-cents can be a big deal – I’m on a pace to have my second highest indie royalty month since I first started indie publishing in 2012), as well as funneling readers to my other stories (the fourteen stories I have on the site are distributed among my various collections.) Any other short fiction writers out there – you might want to give it a try.
I’d be glad to hear your thoughts and impressions of both my stories and the site in the comments here – thanx!
As I said, I finished rereading Swordsmaster (my first – and so far only – novel) in prep for returning to the rough draft of the sequel (Swordsmaster: Deception.)
First of all, I enjoyed the story. It still feels fresh to me, and I don’t think I left any holes in the telling. If I don’t ever finish the sequel, it stands by itself just fine.
I also mentioned above that my rereading also became a minor revision. There was nothing major – no modifications to the plot or the way the story unspools. The changes were a few word choices that sounded better, punctuation that seemed to work better, and minor editing misses from when I first published.
That last is embarrassing. As many times as I went over my manuscript – as many revisions as I went through – I still managed to miss spelling issues, left out or duplicated words, and simple punctuation errors. I’d beat myself up over it if I hadn’t seen the same sorts of things in PROFESSIONALLY edited and published works. Belay that – I’ll beat myself up, anyway.
Now I’m ready to review my notes for the next revisions needed for Swordsmaster: Deception. Then I’ll be ready to dive into the rough draft and see whether I agree with my notes from nine months ago.
I also need to start planning the third book. When I wrote Swordsmaster, I hadn’t planned for it to be more than a standalone novel. Near the end, I started thinking of what might happen to Sandrik next. Swordsmaster led naturally into those events, so all I did was add a hint in the Epilogue.
Books 2 & 3 will be more dependent on each other, so I need to know more definitively where it’s all going before I can finish Deception.
Maybe by then I’ll also know if it’s a trilogy – or something more.
Current Book Promotions
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