1. Writing/research. Didn't make all my goals by this Sunday, but persevered with writing and revision. Wrote 660 of 750 words on WIP, posted twice on other blogs, and read 2 more chapters in Cowie's A Community of Adventurers. GOAL BY WEDS: Another 750 words, read two more chapters in Cowie, and two more blog posts.
2. Community. Posted review of Zafiro's book, Under a Raging Moon. Tweeted once. Read ROW80 x9. GOAL BY WEDS: write at least one crit for NOVELS-L (The Internet Writing Workshop), tweet x2, FB x 2. Read assigned ROW80 folks +.
A word about writer identity. I'm finding it all too easy to say I'm a writer to my friends and local folks I meet. I do enjoy the whole (although somewhat slow) process of researching, writing, and revising. And I'm pretty comfortable as an older-than-average writer with all the steps to self-publishing that puts my stories out there at the least expensive cost.
Last month I committed real money to a five-day marketing promotion through BookBub, and now I'm struggling a bit at the thought (and reality) that nearly 40,000 people (more than in a small town) downloaded my first book, Standing Stones, at no cost. Ripple sales are steady, and reviews are slowing coming in. One reader posted she stayed up until 4 am to read my book. Wow!
I feel so humbled and appreciative that others like my stories. But what about that next story. Will it be good enough? None of my other marketing efforts came close to reaching readers like this experiment with BookBub. I wish I could set aside doubt -- and somehow balance my own writing work, quietly researching and writing and telling my story . . . with an effective and methodical process of marketing.
If you have any secrets, please share!
Or visit other ROW80 writers HERE. And may your writing and reading week go well!