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Mailing list CRASH COURSE for authors (with video)

Here’s the full-length video of the talk I gave on mailing lists yesterday! You can watch it free on the YouTubes.

This video, a description of the event, and the 2 basics videos I posted ahead of time now have their own page at IndieAuthorSociety.com.

If you’re up for learning more about self-publishing and the business of being an author, this talk is the most recent in a series of 17 totally free keynotes on the subject.

It’s been a heck of a Monday getting back into the groove of things, especially after such a busy weekend. I have thoughts to share, but they’ll have to wait for another night.

July-August writing challenge finished

Did anyone else notice it was nearly the end of September? Good grief.

Despite the late date, I wanted to return to the subject of the July-August challenge briefly and review the results. I always get mad at myself when I don’t close the box on goal-setting exercises like this, so here we go.

My goal was to write four short stories in July. This got bumped by other project back to August, hence “July-August Challenge.”

I managed to write only 2 of the four stories—a 2k word story and a 8k word story…

  • The Road Is Three (2k) – Read it here.
  • Make Like The Roaches And Survive (8k) – Still in editing

Would I rather have gotten 4 complete stories out of the challenge? Of course. But sometimes you’ve got to be flexible. Life intervenes, like the vacation I took in June. Then finishing a cowriting project took priority through July and into early August. And after I finished two stories in August, I had to switch gears in order to get through the Translocator 3 outline on time.

The way I look at it, I got 2 new stories out of the challenge and a nice break between novel projects.

So that’s a win in my book.

Have you done any writing challenges this summer? I invite you to share your own experiences with writing challenges in the comments section.