I'm not doing very well at updating this journal so I'm going to put it on my calendar for once a month.
In the past two months, I've ...
- hit a wall on the plot with Yellowstone Howling. Some progress but slow going. What I'm finding is that all the characters ... even the bit parts and the dead ones want their place in the sun. Maybe that's good.
- fallen in love with Scrivener. Putting it together with Evernote and Scapple (simple mindmapping) is very powerful.
- gotten into "low content" books ... aka specialty journals and published my first: Gratitude Miracles. I love writing in it and am on my 13th week of consistently writing in it and logging my miracles ... of which there are many.
Royalty report for August, 2016: We're a long way from 60,000, joyce.
Did get two into the Pacifica Bookstore and five into Chaucer's bookstore in Santa Barbara.
- found out a bit more about the Upstream program and will write a post about that.
- working a lot on the Sierra Writers' Conference and did a registration exchange with Central Coast Writers' Conference (in their 32nd year and VERY well respected. It gave me the idea of doing a Writers' Conference Journal - so I'm working on that.
I am about 40,000 words into Yellowstone Howling. Spent a week in May in Yellowstone which has proved priceless. Nothing like seeing and experiencing the world I'm writing about first hand. I may need a second trip since the plot seems to be taking some new directions.
Organization has been an issue. How to keep all the details and ideas someplace where they can be organized and found easily. Looks like Scrivener is the right direction.
Did not get in to Squaw. Will try again next year.
In the meantime, writing fiction is the most fun project I've had in a long time. Also the most frustrating. It's easy to say "show don't tell" (and all the other lessons of writing), but actually doing it is a challenge. Even when I think I'm doing it, apparently I'm not according to critique readers. There is NOTHING like getting feedback. Just reading a scene out loud to someone else is completely different than reading it to myself.
But, watching how information and ideas show up is truly a gift.
Obviously, I got side-tracked.
Finally got Sarana's Gift published in March, 2016. Going through CreateSpace was easier than I thought it would be. Kindle was a little tricky in the formatting from Pages ... had to go to an rtf format.
Have decided that rather than putting a lot of time into marketing Sarana's Gift, I need to keep writing while bringing marketing along bit-by-bit. Yellowstone Howling is now in the research and writing mode.
Other decisions: tried Patreon. I liked the platform but decided it would take too much time away from writing. Have a reader doing an audio book of Sarana's Gift through ACX on a royalty-share basis. Applied to Squaw Valley Writers Conference. Very hard to get in so I'm keeping my hopes in check.
The link sent to friends was pretty ineffective. I don't think many people even opened it.
A whole day to start organizing my thoughts about marketing the book. I am daunted by how little I know about marketing a book in this new world of publishing and how much there is to know and do.
One of the things that has always bothered me about success books is that they are always told in hindsight and make the journey sound really easy. Maybe I should document this, not only to keep all the information I’m going to gather organized and available, but also to make it available to other people. Maybe there’s a book here. Maybe I should start a blog.
I did. Zero to 60,000. One book's journey through the maze of new world marketing
bought domain zeroto60000.
Today I finished my version of Sarana’s Gift and sent it off to an editor I had connected with on Fiverr. (Story #1: Fiverr)
I also sent it off as a link to 108 friends and associates for reading and review, including a little bit about the journey of writing the story and a brief “elevator pitch” about it.
(Story #2: Dropbox and Bit.ly)