I almost have this crazy puzzle mystery novel wrapped up. Maybe tomorrow night.
Wednesday is meeting day, so started out in meetings and kept going until Kris and I walked to dinner to get some steps.
Then she went back to work in her office at WMG and I headed home to do email and finish up my steps as well.
Then got in here around 11 p.m. to fire on the novel.
I did 1,100 words in about an hour, went to watch some television, then got back in here around 1 a.m.
I did another 950 words before taking a break around 2 a.m. Novel was coming right down to it and the ending I saw coming was a natural ending, but I was fighting it. (Critical voice anyone?)
So finally around 3 a.m. I got back to the book and wrote another 1,200 words. (Beat back the critical voice… it is now whimpering in the corner and the cats are batting at it.) Ending is in sight, so tomorrow.
Today I got 3,250 words and over my 10,000 steps.
Master Class Workshop.
I talked about this last night a little and one of the writers who comes to the workshop every year thinks the workshop should be called a Writer’s Summit. Because that’s what happens, a bunch of writers get together to figure out all the stuff that is happening in this new world of fiction publishing.
I agree. Maybe next year we’ll change the name.
So still three spots open after my shout-out yesterday. Workshop e-mail group will start in about a week.
Topic of the Night: Sales in General.
After my sort-of-grumpy post last night, I decided that I would just do a little more research on some of the writers who talk all the time about promotion, but don’t sell much. And some writers who have complained to me about not selling much.
I wanted to see if I was wrong about sales copy of indie writers being bad.
I looked at eight different indie writers and all their sales copies were from poor to downright horrid. One was actually repulsive. Not kidding.
Now, I have some older books as well that have horrid sales copy on them. About a hundred plus novels, actually, from New York. I don’t remember a one I liked but in those days you just lived with the bad promotion and sales and wrote the next book.
I sort of had a memory of the Shadow Warrior book I wrote called “For Dead Eyes Only” had a good blurb. I looked on my brag shelf and I was wrong. Sigh.
Also some of the early stories I put up indie eight years ago have horrid blurbs that have just never gotten changed out. (And surprise, those don’t sell much at all either.)
But now, here in 2016, the responsibility falls on the writer to make their sales tools the best they can. And learning sales copy is as easy as buying some books on the topic or going back and reading my blogs about a year ago for free on the topic.
And some writers I know spend a ton of money on covers or spend a ton of time doing the covers themselves, yet won’t spend a few hours to learn the basics of sales copy writing.
I have made it my mission to help the writers attending the master class with their sales copy this fall. But the rest of you are on your own.
I am just trying to shout here very clearly that if your sales suck, it might not be your stories or your topic or your covers. It might just be that your sales copy turns away readers.
That simple and yet for most writers, that hard to fix.
Why is it hard to fix?
Because every writer I have talked to on this topic think their blurbs are just fine. It’s the other guy I am talking about.
And they wouldn’t know a bad blurb if it hit them on the nose.
So I just pick up their book, read the blurb, shake my head, and move on to another book, just as hundreds if not thousands of other readers do.
It’s a new world, folks. Just because you can write a novel or a short story does not mean you know how to write sales copy. Sales copy is a different language.
But for a decent writer, it can be easily learned. You just have to admit to yourself you need to.
September Online Workshops
Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com.
Questions about any of the workshops, feel free to write me.
Class #21… Sept 6th … Author Voice
Class #22… Sept 6th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Sept 6th … Speed
Class #24… Sept 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #25… Sept 6th … Character Development
Class #26… Sept 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 7th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Sept 7th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Sept 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Sept 7th …Expectations (Writing on the Rails)
The Writing of Freezeout: A Cold Poker Gang Novel
Day 1… 1,050 words. Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 2,850 words. Total words so far… 3,900 words.
Day 3… 800 words. Total words so far… 4,700 words.
Day 4… 4,700 words. Total words so far… 9,400 words.
Day 5… 3,200 words. Total words so far… 12,600 words.
Day 6… 3,100 words. Total words so far… 15,700 words.
Day 7… 3,400 words. Total words so far… 19,100 words.
Day 8… 3,500 words. Total words so far… 22,600 words.
Day 9… 2,200 words. Total words so far… 24,800 words.
Day 10… 2,100 words. Total words so far… 26,900 words.
Day 11… 2,150 words. Total words so far… 28,050 words.
Day 12… 2,300 words. Total words so far… 30,350 words.
Day 13… 1,500 words. Total words so far… 31,850 words.
Day 14… 4,400 words. Total words so far… 35,250 words.
Day 15… 3,200 words. Total words so far… 38,450 words.
Day 16… 3,250 words. Total words so far… 41,700 words.
Totals For Year 4, Month 1, Day 10
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,056
Over 10,000 steps streak… Day 41
— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 18,900 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 500 words
— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,100 words
— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 700 original words. E-mails month-to date: 172 e-mails. Approx. 13,200 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers
— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories finished to date: 8 stories.
— Yearly Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 0 novels.
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