Writing In Public: Day 8

Monday, February 8: Obstacles, of course

My poor wife is under the weather, and on top of that, her computer died today. Little things nip away at my time, and again I’m surprised at how often real life mimics good plotting. I take it to mean that I’m on the right track.

Business: Planning for publishing

I attended a webinar in the afternoon on the topic of improving book sales. As is the typical case, the main purpose of the webinar was to sell a complete course. While I could certainly stand to sell more books, in the end I wasn’t convinced that the presenter was on the right track. Instead, my own plan of weekly promotions and frequent new releases seemed like the right way to go.

In the afternoon I also did some work to make sure my systems are working for both e-book and print publishing, and they are. In the past I’ve made a lot of production and design decisions that I wasn’t sure were right, which caused me to hesitate about releasing books. As time has passed, however, I’ve researched and compared my work to other products. And every time, I find mine to be among the best designs and the highest quality. I’m not hesitant anymore. It’s comfortable go time.

Writing: Spring Rains

I was a little stuck today. The story has been developing well, but I’ve become unclear about when things are happening in relation to each other. Today I took some time to map out the story as it fits into Victor’s larger life, as well as how the events unfold along the course of the spring. It came together really well in the end, and though the word count doesn’t show it, this story is really picking up steam. I want it done this week.

  • Fiction words today: 1100
  • Weblog words today: 325

I need a big week.