Author’s Log: Updates From The Lab (& #ROW80)

Warning So I’ve been so deeply engaged into Keepers 4 that I completely forgot to blog last week. Whoops-sorry guys! *shame* *hari-kari*

I started Keepers #4 on schedule on Feb 1. As of Feb 8 I clocked in over 7K words and hit Plot Point 1. As of Feb 15 (yesterday, as of this posting) I am fast closing in on 12K and my Midpoint. This means I’ve managed to stay on schedule thus far. I haven’t always kept to 1K per day due to my odd sleeping patterns, but I have still written every single day, if even only a few hundred words. I got stuck into two simultaneous research and analysis projects at Ye Olde Day Jobbe (no longer Ee-ville), which threw my energy off a bit, but I still managed it. YAY.

I’ve been considering some shifts in my business plan, as I’m finding that Smashwords, while handy, is VERY VERY SLOW in getting books up at various outlets. So far I’ve only found Origins #1 at Barnes and Noble. It’s been close to three months–surely it should have should have shown up elsewhere by now? I may be better off direct uploading to individual e-Reader sites and keeping Smashwords for places like Flikart and Oyster. It’s okay–I’ve expected some adjustments would be needed as I learn more about the business end of being a hybrid author.

The other thing about Origins #1 is that it came out about 2K words longer than I anticipated, which is more of a novelette length than it is short story length. The other thing is that Amazon has made it seriously difficult to offer books for perma-free, but Amazon being the Great River and all I feel strongly about getting Origins #1 and #2 (Callie’s story) before Keepers #2 comes out at the end of April from my publisher. So I’m considering offering the Origins series perma free as an exclusive for my readers via a Smashwords coupon, and charging .99 to the rest of the world. I’m not set on this yet, as I’m still experimenting with what works and what doesn’t, so we’ll see. As always, I’ll keep you guys updated (except in those rare moments that I forget).

These days I’ve been doing a lot of research and reading as to the business aspects of this whole hybrid model I’m working to build. So there’s been that, as well. I’m looking to establish a separate subscription list strictly for my readers, who may not be particularly interested in all the backstage shenanigans geared toward other writers. Also, once I start establishing addition series, I’ll be looking to set up an official website.

ROW80LogocopyProduction Schedule & ROW80:

BRIGHID’S MARK (In Production): Pre-Orders are popping up all over the place now, which makes me come over all SQUEE! when I see a new one. I expect to see it at my publisher’s website at about a month out, and am still awaiting my ARC.

KEEPERS #3 (On Submission): This bad boy is currently with Editor Awesome, who’s got a 6-8 week period (she’s usually faster, though). We’ll see what she comes back with.

KEEPERS #4 (Drafting): This one, which I’ve secretly dubbed “Pre-Apocalypse Broken Arrow”. Tess and Riley have just walked into an ambush after spelunking in an underground cave system. Oh, noes! o.O

Okay Word Wranglers–how did you do this week? Sound off in the comments. 🙂


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