Yes, I admit it, I am falling into the bad habits of yesterday. Honestly I can’t say last year. I haven’t been around that long. I can… Read more “Growing Pains…Falling Into Old Habits”
For the most part, I have a decent open percentage when it comes to my growing e-mail list. I feel I engage with my readers on a… Read more “Growing Pains…I Need Exposure”
I have been working on audio books the past few weeks. My second book in my series is already complete. My first book and third book are… Read more “Growing Pains…Audibles Are Awesome?”
I have a confession. I have been a terrible person this past week. I misbehaved and if I was working for a company, they would have fired… Read more “Growing Pains…Keeping Up With Your Work Through the Holidays”
I am no rich or famous author, not yet anyway. I still get excited seeing my ad on Walmart ebooks. I have the screenshot and I show… Read more “Growing Pains…Consistency is Key”
A newbie writer talks about advertising during the holiday season. What is the best time and how much?
A newbie author trying to figure out why her third book in her series isn’t selling as well as the first two. What is wrong with the advertising? Is it enough? Is she advertising the right way?
In order to stay or become relevant, you must keep hustling. Stay in front of your audience. Get your fans to talk about you and others to keep talking. I’m not a fan of Patterson but he has me watching him. I am paying attention. If he can surpass Stephen King with his own idea from years ago, take IF to another level, reintroduce the same ideas from years ago and make them his own I will continue watching him.
I fixed that as soon as I realized it was happening. I got back into the driver’s seat and started that engine. I read up on the best approach to my issue in one of my books (I was having a small meltdown on that too). I began my fifth book (the fourth is still at the editor but you know what? I need to keep it moving).
I made it a point to get over a thousand to fifteen hundred words in a day for each story this weekend and today. I felt the groove so I let it flow. Since the overwhelm was out of my system I did it and one of the stories had the fifteen hundred words in less than an hour. I was shocked about that. I was really feeling it. That story must have been itching to come out.
Today, it was a little tougher, but I got it done. I will do the same tomorrow. I need to keep pace and not revise at all until it is complete. Then look at my stuff a few days after. I’ll revise two weeks later and then book an editor soon after I know I’m happy. Both of these will not be completely done for a while. I am going to be tougher on myself more than usual.
I think I will read them out loud and play it back. I noticed things sound harsher out loud.
I’ll be honest, I’m not going to do marketing or advertising today. I am going to continue to write. I did want to get some sort of blog out there so you see I’m doing something today.
I am not sure if my mind is used to Thursdays as my cleaning and shopping day (if you want to call my pathetic domestic skills ‘cleaning’). It could be the project I’m working on, I can’t find my groove lately. It is a monster I wasn’t prepared to take on. A journey of a thousand miles, right?
I get that. I foresee myself using this project taking longer, maybe a year. I’m sure that’s okay. I didn’t have a set deadline and it’s not in my genre. If I take the pressure off myself I will most likely be able to get it done.
I think my brain has a schedule of the week set and knows that it’s supposed to relax today. I’m not supposed to write or market today. Maybe catching up on research will help. As long as I don’t look up analytics and pixels (we all know how I despise that stuff) I should be okay.
If something isn’t working at the moment, the best thing is to drop it for a while. Why force a circle into a square, right?
Notice all the cliches I’m using…I have no business writing at all on a Thursday. I hope your creative juices are flowing better than mine (yes, exactly…I’ll stop while I’m behind).