Thursday… Year 2, Month 11, Day 25 of this Writing in Public challenge.
A ton of fun stuff today, plus some writing.
Nothing on the workshops today.
The day started with heading out to the WMG Publishing offices to meet there with Allyson for an hour or so. Allyson, the publisher of WMG, is on vacation for a few weeks, so when she came into the office in the middle of her vacation, it seems that everyone showed up to say hi.
The office was a zoo, but a fun zoo.
Then Billy Reese (WMG Publishing Head of Sales) and I headed off to look into a couple stores that were closing down and wanted to clear stuff that might be right for our store. We worked wonderfully as a team and got a decent price for some great stuff.
Then I headed to have a very, very short lunch with Kris and Allyson. I got there, they basically left. I was running a little late. (grin)
Then I went back to WMG offices and did the cover for the July short story challenge. As I said, I plan on putting it in a large collection, so I thought I would do a mock-up cover to mark each post in July. (This is a mock-up. The final cover might be different.)
The posts will be public here and on Patreon, but only Patreon subscribers will get the full thing in August, which will include all the stories.
And in case you are wondering where “The Collected Smith” comes from, I am doing a numbered series of collections, ten stories each, that will start coming out in paper and electronic in July. Theme focused. Stories from July will be a special edition of that series.
Made it after dinner and a nap to the writing computer around 11 p.m.. Wrote 1,250 words in less than an hour, then went and watched some television.
I went back to it around 1:30 and in another hour had 1,400 more words. I also wrote the scene that is on the cover. It actually just came around naturally, which was great fun.
Then I took another short break and wrote 1,100 words in 45 minutes.
I can see the ending coming, but my sense is it might be another five thousand words away or more. I honestly don’t know yet even how I will end this thing. Tomorrow night I will see.
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Silliness
Among indie writers there is a massive amount of silliness going on. Amazon decided that on its exclusive Kindle Unlimited lending program, they would only pay for the number of pages a reader reads.
Why do I think this is just silly? Because I am of the opinion (and let me stress opinion here) that going exclusive with anything in this new world of publishing is a very, very bad idea. A basically silly idea, no matter the excuse you want to drag in. (Please don’t drag your lame excuses about it only being 90 days and so on in here. I just got the place cleaned up and painted.)
Again Kindle Unlimited is very different from the regular bookstore sales program of KDP. Very, very different. KDP is just a way to get your books for sale in the Amazon bookstore. Kindle Unlimited is promising Amazon you will not have your books for sale anywhere and they also put you in the lending library and feed you some part of the dead meat they have at the end of the month. (Can’t tell my opinion of KU is not a good one, huh? (grin))
And a couple people smarter than I am have pointed out that only in Kindle Unlimited are the possible sales very, very limited. (Amazon should have called the program Kindle Very, Very Limited.) In regular publishing, if your book is all over the world in every store and not limited, your sales potential has no ceiling. Think J.K Rowling numbers and up.
In KU, you only have the amount in the prize pool that Amazon sort of sets after the fact and decides to give you, staring in July by the number of pages a reader reads.
So not only are you not allowing readers all over the world to buy your work in any way they want, you are limiting the amount of money you might make and going for the small change in the gutter.
My opinion, just silly.
I have said on this blog now for five years that being exclusive to one bookstore is a mistake. I will continue to stand by that now and just shake my head at all the people who tried to game the last system in KU and are now complaining that to get paid, people actually have to read their book.
Maybe just selling your novel like a regular book in bookstores all over the world would be a better idea. You think?
And now for some fun silliness. Got another picture of the new big cat today. In this one you can really see his nifty feet, which is why he is called a Snowshoe Siamese. (The thing on his neck is where the vet shaved him to get blood during his physical.)
He is just a big kitten and a real love. And without anything to compare him to in this picture, he almost looks just normal size.
Writing of the novel Melody Ridge
Day 1… 1,000 words… Total so far on the book… 1,000 words
Day 2… 1,500 words… Total so far on the book… 2,500 words
Day 3… 1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 3,600 words
Day 4… 2,750 words… Total so far on the book… 6,350 words
Day 5… 950 words… Total so far on the book… 7,250 words
Day 6… 3,200 words… Total so far on the book… 10,450 words
Day 7… 3,100 words… Total so far on the book… 13,550 words
Day 8… 4,000 words… Total so far on the book… 17,550 words
Day 9… 5,100 words… Total so far on the book… 22,650 words
Day 10..5,200 words… Total so far on the book… 27,850 words
Day 11..3,700 words… Total so far on the book… 31,550 words
Day 12..1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 32,650 words
Day 13..3,900 words… Total so far on the book… 36,550 words
Day 14..4,100 words… Total so far on the book… 40,650 words
Day 15..1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 41,750 words
Day 16..1,850 words… Total so far on the book… 43,600 words
Day 17..2,450 words… Total so far on the book… 46,050 words
Day 18..2,400 words… Total so far on the book… 48,450 words
Day 19..2,250 words… Total so far on the book… 50,700 words
Day 19..3,750 words… Total so far on the book… 54,450 words
Totals For Year 2, Month 11, Day 25
— Daily Fiction: 3,750 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 36,900 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,200 words
— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,500 words
— E-mail: 13 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 475 e-mails. Approx. 22,700 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers
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