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So, recently, I wrote a book in 2 days. Makes me feel a smidge qualified to talk on the subject  :P

For the record, writing 75k in 2 days is probably not something I recommend, even if I'm going to try it again for a smaller (50k) book...It's definitely not normal for me and I have no interest at all in making it my normal.

Anyway, it all comes down to sprints for me. I know for a fact that I can write 1,500 words per 20 minute sprint, and that I usually need about a 10 minute break between sprints. So, I then take that information and plug it into my calendar--I do 4 sprints between 7pm and 9pm, then break for dinner, then come back and do 4 more sprints from 10pm to 12am. That nets me 12,000 words per day, which usually translates to anywhere from 4-6 chapters completed for the day.

I work for 3 days, take a day off, then work for 3 more days. My books usually range from needing 6 to 7 days of writing, although I do have a new project coming up which will be 9 days. That's the hope, anyway, we'll see what happens when I outline it. Generally speaking, I take 3 days to outline 2 books, then write both books in alternating 3 days on/1 day off schedule, then outline 2 more books, write those 2 books, and on and on and on.

Right now, I don't get a lot in the way of 'free time.' My schedule usually translates to having 2 or 3 days 'off' in a month, although I do have quite a lot of vacations planned. For example, I'm taking a week to go to Disney at the end of this month, I'm taking time off for Thanksgiving, I'm taking a little under a week off for a LARP in December, I'm taking time off for Christmas, and for New Years. So it's not like I'm being too evil to myself.

Honestly, at the end of the day it comes down to just doing it. At least, in the beginning. Eventually it becomes a habit. BUT! A habit doesn't mean you're off the hook. You have to nurture your habit and stick to it, there's no such thing as a habit becoming bullet proof. You can fall off the wagon and you will if you aren't careful.

When I grow up I want to be like Izzy Shows.
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Welcome to KBoards, Or Welcome Back ;) OR Hi, glad you're still here. :D Congratulations on the book!  :)

Much of what follows you should already be aware of, as it was included in the information you agreed to when you signed up. So please consider this to be just a friendly reminder. :) (The posting of this 'welcome letter' doesn't mean you've done anything wrong; we just want you to have a ready reference, so we post this note in every thread in the Bazaar. :) )

KBoards is a fan forum for Readers, Writers and Kindle Lovers. Authors are always welcome to post anywhere but, as you browse the 'boards, please keep in mind that self-promotion, of any sort, is ONLY allowed here in the Book Bazaar.

A brief recap of our rules follows:

--Please bookmark this thread (using your browser's bookmark/favorite function or the Kboards bookmark tool available on each thread) so you can update it as we ask that authors have only one thread per book and add to it when there is more information.  You may start a separate thread for each book (or you may have one thread per series of books, or one thread for all of your books, it's your choice).

--We invite you to use your book cover as your avatar and have links to your book and website in your signature. Instructions are posted here

--While you may respond to member posts to your thread at any time, you may only bump your thread (back-to-back posts by you) once every seven days.  Once you've responded to a member, that resets the clock to zero and you must wait seven days to post, unless another member posts before then.

--We ask that Amazon reviews not be repeated here as they are easy to find at your book link.  Also, full reviews from other sites should not be posted here, but you may post a short blurb and a link to the full review instead.

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Yes, it's true. You can also use a virtual mac like Mac In Cloud.

Oooh, I didn't know this!
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Sorry to hear about the no's, but hopefully the KS traffic will help with great launches!
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Yes I've had problems getting them to raise the price of books after I've discounted for a promotion. Sometimes the problem's at my end because I haven't raised the price sufficiently at Googleplay to account for their automatic discounting, so Amazon are just price-matching, though they don't tell me so. Sometimes there's no explanation and they say they can put the price at whatever they want. It usually changes eventually but not for weeks.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Need advice from computer experts
« Last post by Doglover on Today at 04:04:51 AM »
Silly thought, but is there a way to add more memory to the laptop?
Probably, but I don't want to pay nearly as much as the machine cost. I mean, it really is a cheapie.
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Iím probably a bit behind the times, but I just had the emails about LM and CJ.
Sorry to hear the bad news guys but good luck with launching now your free of the waiting room!

Cheers Luke!
Be joined by you in KDP shortly.
Lx
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Wine sounds delightful and needed. What's your plan B if they don't pick up the book? I'm thinking about attempting to send it to another publisher, putting it back on the shelf for a little while, or sending it through another round of edits and self publishing.

Hi lovely!

They didnít pick up the book - never mind:) I didnít actually feel that bad about it. I feel like Iíve gained from the experience, regardless of the outcome.
Iíll be publishing on KDP as soon as the new cover is finished. This one has been waiting for a while to be out there now, and Iím on to new things. So il let it fly and see what comes.
Hope you hear back really soon!
Lx
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thoughts On Small Time Publishers?
« Last post by Doglover on Today at 04:02:09 AM »
To me, that's like a guy meeting you, shaking your hand, and saying, "Hi, I'm Bob. I'm not a pedophile." Um ... if you really weren't, it should have gone without saying.

I wouldn't bother with a small press, personally. Unless you're one of those people who doesn't want to do literally anything having to do with publishing, I just don't see what small presses can offer for what you give up in return.
That is precisely what I was going to say.

I recall an occasion many years ago when my husband's sister and husband wanted to call in on their way somewhere. The problem was it was my birthday, which was just like any other day to me, but as soon as I opened the door to her, before she'd even got inside, she said 'did you get our card?' That told me she hadn't sent one.

I couldn't care less as I don't often send cards myself, but had she sent one, she would have come in, looked at the cards, and noticed hers was missing.

This is a similar thing; why mention that you are not a vanity press unless you are just that?
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