Challenge day five (a renewed focus)

I need to make this quick, so I’ve let myself have WiFi on my computer for this one post. Nothing else. I’ve looked at my previous day’s efforts and concluded that for me to meet this challenge today I really need to pass 2,000 words before I stop for lunch, if not sooner, so thatContinue reading “Challenge day five (a renewed focus)”

Challenge morning three

I’m just going to keep trying until I get there. Yesterday I fell far short of 6,000 words, so here I go again. (A phrase that totally just played through my head with music.) I’ve had breakfast and I have my hot honey lemon water beside me and my WiFi off. Estimated time to completionContinue reading “Challenge morning three”

Why am I writing this post instead of writing my book?

I wish I knew the answer to the question in the title of this blog post, but I do not. I have a suspicion, though, and it’s a bit unnerving to think about. I don’t think I’m having fun with writing at the moment. Not with this book, not with writing fiction in general, notContinue reading “Why am I writing this post instead of writing my book?”

I’ve made a mistake I don’t plan to make again

Yesterday morning, I read a good chunk of my current book. I was pretty damn pleased with it. But there were a few things I needed to fix. Only I decided not to highlight those things because I knew I was going to have to get back to the read through on the computer andContinue reading “I’ve made a mistake I don’t plan to make again”

Trying to read a couple of craft books

I’ve been stalled out reading a couple of craft books lately, but I’m going to make more of an effort to get through them as soon as I finish this particular book I’m working on. A while back, I picked up the Kindle version of this one: 27 Fiction Writing Blunders – And How NotContinue reading “Trying to read a couple of craft books”

Random thoughts: File naming conventions

First, a new column for the blog, if you can call anything here columns: Random thoughts. Second, I had one. :D It led me to researching the accepted wisdom for naming files. I have a very confused set of file name conventions I just haven’t been happy with for a while. Almost everything I’ve readContinue reading “Random thoughts: File naming conventions”

Never stop learning: A Successful Release Strategy for Authors video series

JA Huss is releasing a video series (A Successful Release Strategy for Authors) on her blog in the Marketing Tips Monday category. I’m not much for doing active marketing and promotions but that doesn’t mean I don’t read/watch/listen to people talk about that stuff. I love to learn new things, even if I don’t always putContinue reading “Never stop learning: A Successful Release Strategy for Authors video series”

Changing a book cover on a paperback: New edition or not?

This post has been updated with an addendum. Turns out I was wrong. I understand that technically I do not have to create a new edition of a paperback at CreateSpace just for a book cover change. But I’ve been mulling over my options and I’ve decided I should. Here’s why: Resales. If the bookContinue reading “Changing a book cover on a paperback: New edition or not?”

Revisiting the cumulative title sales spreadsheet

I had a thought that maybe there was a way to make updating my cumulative title sales spreadsheet easy enough that it would be worth keeping it up to date so I revisited the spreadsheet today for about an hour or so. As you can see in the image above, I have several sheets inContinue reading “Revisiting the cumulative title sales spreadsheet”

I have two writing streaks going!

Addendum to the aside about my writing streak: I have two writing streaks going now. >100 words a day for three days increasing words per day for three days So—awesome?! start to the new year. ;) (Stop laughing! *evil glare*) Not only that, but I don’t feel feverish today, don’t feel sick, and don’t feelContinue reading “I have two writing streaks going!”