Writer Wednesday

And August is gone too, can you believe it? Wordcount for August is 40K or novel #3 of the challenge that will probably come out in October.

Now I’m checking #1 with the feedback I got. I really need to find more first readers, or better, to find a new one who is as fast as my offline beta who soon won’t be available anymore *sniff* but I will make a more open request when I have other things to read! πŸ˜‰

And yes, I’m in another bundle, More Than Human, so that makes a total of four, currently. And soon I’ll start curating my third bundle, which will be my fifth – and I still need to finish reading the first one that came out back in May, sigh. Anyway, here are the bundles that I’m currently in:

First Glimpse of Fantasy Secondary Worlds

Sci-fi July Fever Fun

Love Magik Glow

More Than Human

You may notice it’s four different books, but in fact the last two are the same. One curator wanted the whole trilogy, the other took only book 1. But it’s always Kol-ian on the cover, either drawn by Phoenixlu, or by Cristina Fabris.

The next bundle I curate will have vampires, so if you’re indie and you have a vampire novel, please join BundleRabbit so I can include you! πŸ˜‰ And Joleene Naylor, get ready for the request! πŸ˜‰ Might hope for some help for covers as well, Mighty Jo? πŸ˜‰

And now some writerly links! πŸ˜€ 5 ways to use Facebook pinned posts – I currently have my newsletter sign up in English and Italian pinned, but maybe I should pin new releases every now and then.

Like, the important ones that require pre-order. Like the one I’ll set up in September for a Nov.2 release… Shashank the Fledgling! πŸ˜€ But that’s marketing, and I’m not doing the marketing weekend yet, haha!

A simple solution for when your story hits a wall. I’ve had project blocks so I know what he’s talking about! πŸ˜‰ Don’t be afraid to throw away lines or scenes that don’t work. You might keep them as special content for your true fans or your newsletter subscribers! I have such thing for an upcoming story, but I probably won’t put the deleted scenes in the newsletter. Maybe in another project percolating… stay tuned! πŸ˜€

September is also the month I get back to work on paperbacks. Because I hate ordering stuff during the summer, even if I use UPS, but my parents are away and they tend to show up in the morning. As soon as my parents come back from Tuscany, I can start ordering proofs! πŸ˜‰

And if you’re wondering about the value of a paperbacks, well… I’ve given away dozens now (the ones I couldn’t sell I gave away either through Goodreads, Bookcrossing or whatever means I could find to get rid of them – no more shelf space at home), so hopefully someone will find me through those proofs sent wandering through the world…

I plan on doing other experiments with paper books this last quarter, and then maybe next year start exploring audio books. I just can’t wrap my head around those, because I don’t understand how one would want to listen to a book instead of reading it (unless one is vision-impaired, that is). But then, I get distracted easily when people talk, so…

And let’s not forget 7 Reasons to Smile When Your Book Is Not a Bestseller *waves* none of mine is, but I keep forging ahead. Although I should probably stop and look back, which is what I plan to do on those dreaded Marketing Weekends that await me… brrrr!!

Have a great week! πŸ˜€

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  1. I know… How are we at the end of August already? It’s just scary!

    I’ve had to spend way more time than I’d like dealing with marketing stuff during this past month, so I’m excited to be able to focus on writing for a while. I do have my blog tours coming up, but I have the posts written for those (just need the audiobook links to put in them) so it’s just making sure posts are shared across social media and responding to comments when the dates roll around.

    I think the main reason a lot of people are leaning towards audiobooks is because it allows them to listen while doing other things. Of course, it doesn’t work for people like you, but I know some people who listen to audiobooks so they can increase their reading time by listening to a book during drives to and from work, or while doing household chores, or whatever. I even know a couple of people who often buy both the eBook (or paperback) and audio versions, so they can switch between them depending on what they’re doing while trying to fit in some reading time.

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