Sunday, July 23, 2017

really have a lot going on now

First off, here is what I accomplished on my list of goals. Green highlights are goals achieved, yellow highlights were worked on, red print were not even looked at.
1) Write 500 words per night for five nights on the new novel. Nope. And I have to say, that with the first novel coming out soon, I need to concentrate all my efforts on that, and put the second novel away for a bit.
2) Polish the Press Kit. Yep.
3) Start contacting places for book signings and / or readings, only after I get the release date from my publisher.  So, this is why nothing else got done. I got the release date. Yeah! September 1. Yet, I didn’t contact anyone.
4) Non-writing things to do:
a. Secure one venue for a craft sale for the Nonprofit. Yep. August 5 at the next town over.  
b. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer. Only did seven pictures. They were all of my cousin who passed away this last Monday. After looking at all the pictures of her which I had, I was kind of whipped.
c. Clean out one box of my mom’s other stuff. Nope.
d. Finish reading “Wild”. Yeah! Finished it and started reading “On Writing” by Stephen King.
My cousin, who passed away last week, at her bridal shower in 19070.
That's me on the right and my sister Pat behind me looking sneaky. 

As you already know, I discovered my novel listed on Amazon last Sunday. I spent a frantic week promoting it on my social media. I also updated my other blog, the Dino Chronicles, with the new book listed. Today, I have to update this blog as well.
Here’s what else I need to do this week:

1) Print out my Press Kit in anticipation of handing it out. I don’t know who that might be, but I think it’s nice to have it on me.  
2) Contact three places for book signings and / or readings.
3) Update my website, with the new book. I’ve been trying to do that all week, but am locked out of my account, so I need to call customer support.   
4) Non-writing things to do:
a. Secure another venue for a craft sale for the Nonprofit.
b. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer.
c. Wash four windows in my house. They all have to get washed by the end of August, so I need to start.  
d. Read half of “On writing” by Stephen King. I don’t know how people read a book or two a week. That is one goal I won’t have on this list.

Just a reminder, to any readers out there. Amazon.com currently has the market on book sales. Sad fact, but true. The other fact is, as with anything else, the more books which are sold, the more books will sell. As more books are sold, that book’s ranking goes up, so that more random people just looking at random books, and not necessarily searching for yours, might stumble upon your book. The same is true with reviews. With each review, the book is also pushed higher up the ranking chain, and I believe that is the case whether good or bad reviews. I could be wrong on that. But as we all know, bad press is still press and will get you noticed.

All that being said, if my book sounds like something you might like, download it, read it and write a review for Amazon. But don’t just do it for me. Do it with other books and authors you like and want to support. Advertising is expensive, and hardly any authors can afford to do it. Free word of mouth is what sells books these days.

 Thanks! And have a great week. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Book Release!!!

I’m going to make this quick, as I have to get ready for the day job. I was there til after six last night, but still left so much work to do that I need to get in early today.

I just wanted to let you know, though, that my novel is now available on Amazon.com as an e-book and available for pre-order as a paperback. Through today only the e-version is only 99 cents, in an attempt to promote its release and start getting reviews.

I’ve been plugging it as much as I can the last two days on social media. Tonight I need to start working on setting up some book signings and such. I know a lot of authors host a release party, but in my tiny little town, I’m afraid that would be more work than it would be worth. There’s also promoting it through a blog tour, but as much as I’ve read on that, I still don’t understand how it works.


I will keep plowing through with what I’ve done in the past, I guess, until I come up with some other clever ideas.
 Sick of seeing the cover yet? 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

when taking time isn't enough

I think I did pretty good this week. This is the most I’ve accomplished in a week in a very long time, and it doesn’t even feel like I did that much. I finally asked my nurse practitioner if she would put me on an antidepressant. I don’t feel depressed, I more just feel numb and I think that’s what's keeping me from getting anything done. I went on an antidepressant about a year after my sister died for the same reason. It all seems compounded now as I’ve lost my dad, my sister, my favorite aunt, and now my mom. It has been over the span of 24 years, but it still feels like the hole in my heart just keeps getting bigger. I can’t power through it on my own anymore. I’ve talked to people and I’ve tried doing things that are good for me (time away and time for myself and time not worrying about silly goals), but I think I need a pharmaceutical nudge.

So here’s those goals. As usual, highlighted in green is goal achieved, in yellow is at least worked on, and red print is not even looked at.

2)    Polish the Press Kit. Didn’t work on it.
3)    Finalize list of venues for book signings and / or readings. Email them if I get a release date from my publisher. I worked on it a little, but really can’t do much more til I get that release date. Argh. I’ll have to email my publisher tomorrow and start bugging them about it.
4)    Non-writing things to do:
a.     Contact one venue about a speaking engagements and / or craft sale for the Nonprofit. Yeah, I found out about a craft show the first weekend in August, so will apply for that as soon as they mail me the application.
b.     Sew that scrub top which I cut out last week. Ok, I’m gonna cheat a little and say this is done. I only have to hem it.  
c.      Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer. Done.

Since that seemed to work pretty well for me, maybe I won’t change it much.  
1) Write 500 words per night for five nights.
2) Polish the Press Kit.
3) Start contacting places for book signings and / or readings, only after I get the release date from my publisher.  
4) Non-writing things to do:
a. Secure one venue for a craft sale for the Nonprofit.
b. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer.
c. Clean out one box of my mom’s other stuff. Taking out a dozen pictures a week isn’t making much of a dent in the six or so boxes of junk in my spare bedroom. I gotta get on this.
d. Finish reading “Wild”. Yeah, it seems like a long time since I picked up a book and read it beginning to end. 

Hope you are doing well and that you are balancing being productive with enjoying the summer.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Taking Baby Steps

All right, here I am, trying to get back on track and actually plot my goals each week and reach some of them. Here’s what I had hoped to accomplish this week. As in the past, highlighted in green is achieved, in yellow is at least worked on, and red print is not even looked at.

1)    Write 500 words per night for four nights. I wrote 751 words one night and 418 another and that’s it.
2)    Finalize the Press Kit. I can’t say it’s finalized but it’s pretty close.
3)    Research venues for book signings and / or readings. I reviewed the venues I had previously researched and did write up a tentative email to them. I just need to get the release date from my publisher and then I will contact them.  
4)    Non-writing things to do:
a.     I need to secure some speaking engagements and / or craft sales for the Nonprofit. Notta.
b.     I’d like to sew at least half of the new scrub top. Nuts, all I did was cut it out. That really shouldn’t count for much, but I seem to be on a yellow roll.  
c.       Scan another dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer. So very close, but I have to stick with yellow on this one too as I only scanned nine of them.

Yikes, that is way too much yellow and not much of anything else. Let’s try this again.
1)    Write 500 words per night for five nights.
2)    Polish the Press Kit.
3)    Finalize list of venues for book signings and / or readings. Email them if I get a release date from my publisher.
4)    Non-writing things to do:
a.     Contact one venue about a speaking engagements and / or craft sale for the Nonprofit.
b.     Sew that scrub top which I cut out last week.
c.      Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer.


I’m not going to add to that short list. I need to take baby steps. 
My newest grand-baby taking those baby steps with a really big toy. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Ready with a new set of goals

Last Sunday evening I reviewed my work count on my current novel (which I really need a working title for, even if I’m not even close to giving it a permanent title). I stood at 42,876 words, which is 61 % of the goal of 70,000 words. Which leaves about 27,200 words left to write. I thought I have been at this second novel forever, but I only actually started it ten months ago. Which means that in seven weeks, or say 50 days, I’ll have been working on it for a year. And that means that I only have to average 550 words a day to finish the rough draft in a year. Is it really possible for me to do that????? I’m stunned, utterly stunned. Coz I think I can make it.

Or that’s what I thought a week ago. Since then, I’ve worked on it three days, writing 415 words, 944 words and 422 words. For a total of 1,781 words, or an average of 254 a day, which is half the pace I need to set. Oh, well. I will keep plowing ahead.

The other thing I did this week, which was probably more important, was to write up a press kit for “Where the Sky Meets the Sand”. It is nothing fancy, just some blurbage including what the book is about, what its message is, an about me section and the other books I’ve published.

Last week, I also got the final draft of the front and back cover of the book. Both that and the interior will go through the final proofread over the next few weeks, so it is getting close. I still haven’t gotten a release date, so I hate to start booking any signings, but I can at least start researching them (which I was supposed to be doing back in January!).
 

A week ago, though, I promised that I would get on track and start tackling specific goals in a specific time frame. I think I’ll just take it a week at a time for now. Here we go:

(Hold it, first I need to change the calendar to July! For Pete’s sake.)
1)    Write 500 words per night for four nights. Yes, I know that is behind my goal of 500 words every day, or 3500 per week, but I am going out of town for a long weekend, so am not sure how much time I am going to have. Plus, the kids will be home for the Fourth.
2)    Finalize the Press Kit.
3)    Research venues for book signings and / or readings. I actually did start a list back in January like I was supposed to. I just need to find it and update it.
4)    Non-writing things to do:
a.     I need to secure some speaking engagements and / or craft sales for the Nonprofit. I have been really dragging my feet on that. Summer’s half over and I have nothing to show for it. Drat.
b.     Some of my scrub tops for work are getting pretty ratty, so I bought some fabric for one last Friday. I’d like to sew that this week, but if I get it half-done, I’ll be happy.
c.       Scan another dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer. I have still not made a dent in the boxes of Mom’s stuff in the spare bedroom. I don’t know what to do with any of it, except for the pictures, so I’m going to keep plugging away on that and not worry about the rest.

How’s that sound for the start of a new set of goals?

Hope you all have a good Fourth. And good luck with your new set of goals.