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Catching up on publishing tasks

Spent this afternoon getting caught up on publishing tasks.

I started by updating my books page. Several stories needed to be added. It filled out pretty nicely.

Here’s what it looks like now—everything I’ve published so far in one place! Pretty amazing to see how I’ve accomplished in a few years by focusing on one project at at time.

I also updated the book pages for each of my novels. They’re using a better layout now. Check them out here and let me know what you think…

Next, I recently pulled a few of my stories out of Kindle Unlimited (Amazon only), so I got to publish The End of the World, Magick Mirror, and The Door Below on the rest of the ebook retailers—Nook, Kobo, iBooks, and a few other smaller retailers that I can reach using Draft2Digital (an ebook distributor). I put those tasks off for too long, so it’s nice to have them done.

Last, I worked on revising and improving the blurbs for my novels. I still find writing short, punchy descriptions of my books very challenging, but they’re not going to revise themselves, so I gritted my teeth and worked it for a while. I’ve got more to do there, but I did manage to make some progress today.

All of this on top of writing 1400 words on Translocator 3 this morning, and I still feel like I only made a minor dent in my “to do” list!

Still so much to do! I’m going to take it easy tonight, so I attack the list again with fresh eyes tomorrow morning.

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.

Word Count Data for the Rough Draft of My First Novel

I finished the rough draft of my first novel recently, and I thought it would be educational to both myself and other writers if I shared the data I gathered during the process, and what I learned along the way.

1,000 words a day

The one thing that helped me get started—and helped me follow through with—writing this book was the realization that writing a book was a simple equation. Effort over time equals words.

Yes, it’s that simple.

I realized that if I wrote 1,000 words a day, after 30 days I’d have a novel (or a novella, if you want to split hairs.)

From there, it was simple math. I expected my story to be 30,000 – 50,000 words, so it would take me 30-50 days of work.

That took the fear out of it. It made the prospect of writing the story—not just the story, but the novel—much less daunting. Not that I expected it to be easy (and it certainly hasn’t been), but it suddenly seemed achievable.

Keeping track of my word count

To make sure I kept the one-thousand-words-a-day promise to myself, I decided before I began that I would keep track.

Here’s how it works:

It takes me about 2-3 hours of focused effort to write 1,000 words (sometimes less, often more). At the end of each writing session, I write the date and word count in my notebook, with occasional notes (you can see some of the notes below). Some days, I put in multiple sessions of varying lengths. I might write 237 words in the morning and 744 in the afternoon. Not ideal, but they still add up the same.

At the end of the process, I had a bunch of data. Here’s a graph of my progress (click to enlarge):

 

Word Count for TWO MOONS (Rough Draft)

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