My daughter spent the morning with my parents, and while she was gone I finished the big finale scene. It was gruesome.
In the afternoon, I went to my regular marketing meeting and talked about my renewed focus on growing my writing business with these key things:
- More books,
- Optimized Amazon listings,
- Facebook advertising to reach new readers,
- Weekly promotions, and
- Mailing list to keep everyone up to speed
I’ve been considering doing other things, but until I get these things consistent and right, I think everything else is a waste of time.
After a nice dinner that was supposed to be celebratory but seemed to disagree with me, we went home to prepare for the big weekend.
Then, when we got home and I was unpacking my laptop, the piece that holds the screen wherever you put it broke, so now the screen just flops around. I started to take it apart to see if I could fix it, but it looks like there’s no fix to it. That stinks! I could buy a new laptop, of course, but just any laptop is not good enough. It’s not easy finding a model that’s the right size, with a comfortable keyboard, and with a hardware configuration I like. It took me days or weeks of looking to find this one several years ago. Not good timing!
Late at night, nonetheless, I propped my screen up with a pillow and got back to work. In a short while, I had cleaned up the remaining loose ends, and Angel of Death was complete.
Angel of Death
I’m very happy that this phase is done. The next question is: When will it be published? That’s a good question, and the answer is I’m not sure.
I originally intended to publish it as soon after writing it as possible, and reading other authors’ success stories with Minimum Viable Products only made me want to try it more.
However, this is not an ordinary book, written straight through. This book started out as something different, and large parts of it were rearranged in time and importance to get to this final form. I’m concerned that there might still be old parts of it where I missed sanding and repainting. This makes me inclined to run it through more proofreading than I normally might.
On the other hand, maybe that makes no difference at all. I might just spend some time looking at it myself to make sure I did what I thought I did, then run it through a fast proofreader and call it done.
I’ll have to decide tomorrow or the next day. No matter what, the writing is done, and the book will be out in only a few more days at most. So this is a great day.
Vampires Versus Comicon
Now, it’s on to Vampires Versus Comicon. Phoenix Comicon starts a week from today, and I want to have this book done before then.
Wow. Write like the wind.
It isn’t that crazy. I did Zombies Versus Comicon in the same timeframe last year, and lots of people write books in a week all the time. When things are going well, I produce about 1000 words per hour. I want Vampires Versus Comicon to be about 60,000 words, so that’s about 60 hours of work in the next 5-7 days, or 8-12 hours a day. Can I do that? Of course I can.
In reality, my daughter is going to spend Friday and Friday night with one grandmother, and Saturday and hopefully more with the other grandmother. That’s a big chunk of time.