Writing in Public: Month 11, Day 8

Month 11, Day 8 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Brain turning to mush now at 6:30 a.m., but got everything done, which I find amazing.

Rolled out around 1 p.m. and made it to the writer’s meeting by 2 p.m.  Stayed there talking until around 5 p.m., then headed to my office at WMG Publishing and worked on workshop stuff for a while.

Home and a nap with the white cat at 6:30, followed by dinner, news, and dishes. (Kris cooks, I do dishes.) Then into this office.

Since this is a crossover week, I spent from 9 p.m. until 11:30 doing workshop stuff. Luckily I had done a bunch of the reading ahead, just had to write letters and do videos. Walter got a part in the Thriller video, but it wasn’t thrilling. (grin)

Then I went and watched a little television. Then by midnight, I was back up here and working on the 9th Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing.

I got all 2,900 words of it done by 2:30 with two breaks, and then started in on the 10th. Got that done, all 1,900 words of that with one break by 3:15 a.m.  Then I wrote an 800 word introduction to the book by 4:30 a.m. after a long break.

So 5,600 words of nonfiction. Again, all the chapters on the book will be up here, but I had to get it all done tonight and turned in to WMG Publishing by tomorrow. All turned in now.

Then I went after Smith’s Monthly #10, putting it together to get it turned in for proofing. By 5 a.m. I had it all together except for the two serial novels.

So over to the writing computer I went where I had the three chapters of each stored, but they needed to be worked over. I wrote 500 new words on one and 350 new words on the second one, all transition stuff, put them in the file with the rest of the book in the right place, and turned that in to WMG Publishing as well.

Two different books finished in one night. Now that’s weird for even me. But now it’s after 6:30 a.m. and I’m going to go fall down. Hopefully on the bed.


Totals For Month 11, Day 8

— Daily Fiction: 850 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 14,100 words

— Nonfiction: 5,600 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 14,700 words

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 4,100 words

— E-mail: 63 e-mails. Approx. 1,850 new words. E-mails month-to date: 248 e-mails. Approx. 6,250 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

For projects finished in the first nine months and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

Stories and Projects Finished This Month So Far

In order of production with the most recent at the top.

— Finished the introduction to July Smith’s Monthly #10.

— Finished the short story “Skiing the Graveyard of Souls.”  It will appear in July Smith’s Monthly and then in a stand-alone form at some point after that.

— Finished the novel Heaven Painted as a Poker Chip: A Ghost of a Chance novel. It will appear in July Smith’s Monthly and then in a stand-alone form in October.

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6 Responses to Writing in Public: Month 11, Day 8

  1. Good job on finishing the Sacred Cows book. Can’t wait to read the rest of it on this blog.

    But I have question about author platforms. I keep seeing a lot of people — writers, publishers, agents, editors, and so on — emphasize how important it is for a writer to have a platform. I’ve even seen some people suggest that a writer should spend three years building their author platform before they publish their first book so it has a higher chance of being a success right out of the gate.

    Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me (though I see the logic of it for nonfiction writers), but I was wondering what you thought about it nonetheless. My first novel is coming out later this month and I don’t have much of a platform so to speak (aside from my blog and Twitter account). I was just planning to do what you suggested, publishing a lot of stories in as many formats as possible and then promoting one of them later, but I am now starting to feel slightly worried that I’m doing it wrong. Your thoughts?

    • dwsmith says:

      Timothy, wow, didn’t know that old saw was still getting tossed around outside of nonfiction.

      So clearly, no, I don’t think you build a platform without publishing books. Your books, your inventory, is your platform in fiction. So you are starting to build a platform with publishing your first book and going from there. The fiction, your stories, are your platform. Have fun.

      (I got to write this one down as a future Sacred Cow. I had it down once, but then spent years not hearing it, so forgot about it. (grin))

    • Teri Babcock says:

      Hi Tim-
      With respect to non-fiction and platform-building…

      I have some basic knowledge about platform building in business. (Not publishing business, but other kinds of businesses.)

      One of things that is always strongly recommended to help build your business and business platform, and that very few people do, is write a book that relates to your business. There are many reasons why this is useful, and it is considered an extremely powerful tool for those who can manage it. Most can’t.
      You will never hear *anyone* at a business-building training workshop ever tell the group that they ‘need to wait 3 years to build their platform’ before they write that book. Cause that would be ass-backwards.

      You have to have a product or service people use and connect with first, that they like enough to care about connecting with who made it, or who else likes it, for social media to work. You can’t create a viable platform around something that doesn’t exist.

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