Year 2, Month 8, Day 21 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day off of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.
So a week ago, I thought this last week would be me ramping back up to full speed in writing and showing how a professional writer went from being busy with something else to ramping back up in word count.
A week of a writer just surviving a nasty, nasty case of bronchitis and cold. No writing, no worry. In fact, until I come to write this blog each evening, I don’t give writing a second thought all day long.
And I’m not upset I’m not getting any done. Being upset would be a silly waste of time.
Recovery is happening. Nice and slow as expected. Today Kris and I ventured out for some Chinese food for dinner (I had soup) and I actually made it out to the auction for thirty minutes before tossing in the towel and heading home.
So this next week you all will get to watch a writer try to fire slowly back up. Might be entertaining, might be dull. We shall see how fast things come back up. (grin)
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Topic of the Night: Beginners
This week in her Business Musings blog, Kris wrote about a topic that very few ever write about: Beginning writers and the problems with inflated egos.
She mentioned a writer I ran into with this problem way back in the early 1990s. I found him funny back then and sad and I still find him funny and sad. A good writer who through his own actions, becomes the brunt of a funny story. Sadly, I am the only one who remembers his name and not for his writing.
Then earlier tonight, I answered a guest question for a blog about what I would tell a beginning writer about promotion and marketing if I only had a few sentences.
Another one of those trap questions, because the right answer that any long-term professional knows is “Don’t do any, just write the next book.” Well, since I am still under the weather and have lost the ability to care, I basically said that in so many words.
That’s going to be interesting, because the only reason the question is being asked of professionals is so beginning writers with one novel can learn the secret to selling thousands of copies. Or so they hope.
My answer will not be popular, if they use it at all.
I am starting to understand why Hemingway gave such bad advice to beginning writers. He bored easily and trust me, a one-book writer with a sense of inflated ego looking to be patted on the head (or some secret to sales) is boring.
The secret? Write a lot of books. As fast as you can. Publish them, and let readers decide if they are good or not. And then, if you end up with a lot of readers early on, don’t stop or let it go to your head. That’s the new deadly aspect of this that Kris talked about.
But… but… but… Deeeaaaaannnn, how do readers find our books if we don’t promote them? (Assuming you even know what the word “promote” means in book publishing. If you think promote means Facebook and Twitter pounding like a horny dog against a lamp post, just stop now and spare your poor friends.)
So bluntly, the answer is that with one book or five books or ten books, readers don’t much find you without a lot of luck. So write the next book. And repeat over and over. And focus on telling better stories. Eventually, you’ll have enough titles to be found and your writing will be good enough to hold readers in stories.
And while writing the next book, slowly start learning promotion and trade channels and study how books have always been found by readers. And how they are being found by modern readers.
There is no secret. Beginners have, at times, gotten lucky. And most (not all) of them vanish in a few years. I’ve watched that so many times, I don’t even notice it much anymore. Now in indie publishing, as Kris said, that luck comes with sales early and a belief that their way is the only way. Many of those writers are sadly already dropping away.
Very few of the hot writers of the gold rush are going to be the hot writers of the sustained business model that is now publishing.
So do as I am planning on doing here shortly, I hope. Just sit down and write more.
And keep learning and having fun. That really is the secret.
Okay, a way to read one of my novels, one of Kris’s novels, and a Fiction River volume I edited. (Plus I have a very strange time travel short story in the Time Streams anthology as well.)
Trust me, you want to grab this one if you love time travel or just want to study how to write it. This bundle is not going to be available that long.
Get it at Story Bundle at http://storybundle.com/scifi
Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel
(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)
Day 1… 4,700 words… Total to date… 4,700 words
Day 2… 4,200 words… Total to date… 8,900 words
Day 3… 1,600 words… Total to date… 10,500 words
Day 4… 1,850 words… Total to date… 12,350 words
Day 5… 1,000 words… Total to date… 13,350 words
Day 6… 3,500 words… Total to date… 16,850 words
Day 7… 1,100 words… Total to date… 17,950 words
Day 8… 4,600 words… Total to date… 22,550 words
Day 9… 3,200 words… Total to date… 25,750 words
Day 10…3,100 words… Total to date… 28,850 words
Day 11…1,900 words… Total to date… 30,750 words
Day 12…4,200 words… Total to date… 34,950 words
Day 13…3,400 words… Total to date… 38,350 words
Day 14…2,300 words… Total to date… 40,650 words
Day 15…1,800 words… Total to date… 42,450 words
Day 16…1,200 words… Total to date… 43,650 words
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words
Day 20…2,100 words… Total to date… 51,850 words
Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 21
— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 8,200 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 1100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,650 words
— E-mail: 13 e-mails. Approx. 200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 443 e-mails. Approx. 13,500 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers
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