Last Week’s Goals
My three blog entries posted as scheduled. I have everything I can reasonably expect back out to market. (There are still a couple of stories that are waiting for markets to open.)
I failed to make my weekly quota again, with only 1,303 words of fiction (this was while reacquainting myself with Swordsmaster: Deception, with a little revising; it’s so much easier to pile up words on rough drafts.) I wrote six days, but only made my daily quota on one of those.
On the MARKETING & PROMOTION Front:
A Smashwords Presale is in progress for “Too Much of a Good Thing.” The ninth Detective Jimmy Delaney story is available for FREE download right now, so you can even read it BEFORE the November 12th release day. Here’s the link:
You can also preorder it instead for a reduced promotional price, if you want to pay more than FREE (I don’t mind if you don’t…) – links are in my Current Book Promotions page.
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.
- 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. You can check them out here:
Give it a try (as a reader OR a writer.) I’d be glad to hear your thoughts and impressions of both my stories and the site in the comments here – thanx!
Goals and Remembering Why I Have Them
Back when I first decided to get serious about writing, I went through a lot of frustration. I couldn’t seem to find a time that I could reliably reserve for writing, and I was getting almost no writing done. The first six years I did a lot of studying and critiquing other people’s writing (and frustratingly, I couldn’t get many reads of my own work – an early sign of my poor marketing and hooking, perhaps), but I only managed to finish TWO stories.
I was halfway through 2011 before I finally started producing with any speed or consistency, and I credit it to setting the right kinds of goals and sticking to them. A certain number of words per week and stories per year, deadlines to get returned stories back out to market, then release schedules when I started indie publishing. I made promises to myself that I might have still broken, if I hadn’t also posted them to add the power of public humiliation to my motivation.
This served me well with short fiction, but novels are a different sort of animal. Sure, I can really pile up a word count when I write the first draft, but after that it’s a lot of revising and NOT writing tasks that are hard to quantify (with word counts it’s easy to tell that I’m getting something done, revisions are harder to measure.) As I learned as my series’ stories lengthened into novellas, the longer the work, the larger the percentage of time spent in revision.
At times it feels like all I’m doing is rereading what I wrote, which doesn’t feel like writing at all. It’s hard for me to break from my slavish devotion to the numbers and remember that this is part of the process (and just as necessary as the “actual” writing – especially for a PANTSER like me.)
As I write this I am still working my way through my “Reacquaintance Revision” of Swordsmaster: Deception. It has involved a tiny bit of “actual” writing and a little more revision, but mostly it’s a reacquaintance after eight months of absence. I should be through it in a day or two more, and then I’ll read through my notes (the three pages from February and the additional notes I added this week) and plan out my next revision (at least as much as this PANTSER can plan.)
When you have goals, it’s good to go back and remind yourself WHY you havew them, and what the REAL objective is. My objective now is to finish Swordsmaster: Deception; I think I’ve grown up enough as an author to know whether I’m making progress, or letting myself fall prey to INFINITE REVISION SYNDROME, so I’ll try not to let the lack of measurable numbers bother me TOO much.
Current Book Promotions
For information on my current promotions (including the FREE Presale and reduced price preorders for Cats of War III, my participating books in the 14th Annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale, as well as 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.
William Mangieri’s writing has been published on Daily Science Fiction and The Arcanist. His ninety or so short stories and related collections can be found at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:
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