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In a civilized world, yes, David. Very little of this big blue ball is civilized. You don't have to be disrespectful on meeting someone new. That's the problem, most people think in black and white. If some pompous asshat demands respect from the get-go, and I don't give it, that doesn't mean I'm disrespectful to them, I'm indifferent. It doesn't take much to earn respect. As you said, just being polite is often enough. That earns the first measure of respect.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: June 15, 2018, 11:04:44 AM »
Thanks, y'all. The eye surgery was actually last month. I was back to work the next day, but it took a couple more days before I could stare at the screen for long periods of time. Unfortunately, my vision will never get better. I suffer from glaucoma and the surgery is supposed to mitigate any further sight loss. Glaucoma is usually controlled with eye drops, but I had an alergic reaction to them, so surgery was the only answer.

My goal this week was to reach 37K words. I passed that yesterday. So, this morning, I was busy getting the new boat, Rusty Anchor, in the water and tied up at her new slip just below my office. This afternoon, I'll catch up on emails and maybe write a little bit. I have no writing scheduled until a week from Tuesday, as we're going to Key West for the Mystery Fest. It's Father's Day weekend, and we're going to be out on the water a good bit, then leaving Monday for a week in Key West. Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there.

The Rusty Anchor

I've met a lot of people in nearly six decades of traveling around the sun. Every now and then, I run into some pompous fool who demands respect. I politely point out, that I don't know them and respect is something one earns, not what another gives.

Christina, you've earned my respect, as well as the respect of hundreds, perhaps thousands of authors in the indie community.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: June 05, 2018, 11:51:48 AM »
I had to adjust my schedule a little the last few weeks, to allow for surgery on my left eye on the 21st. I rescheduled that week and the following week light, but managed to surpass the goals. I also shortened the planned length by 2000 words to stay on schedule with the publishing date. Right now, I'm nearly finished with this week's goal, and will be quite a ways ahead by the weekend.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Check your bank account carefully...
« on: May 17, 2018, 02:14:41 PM »
Best practices; start your day by comparing your bank account to your ledger, making sure that any expenses you incurred have been recorded. I do this every weekday morning, as soon as I get to the office. Religiously. No matter how bad I want to write, that comes first.

Bad people are out there, just looking for people who are careless. Sorry this happened to you.

Making six figures just from KU and making six figures in total are two different things. KU comprises less than half my total income. Some genres may be more than that, and some less. The other half being sales. With sixteen novels published (all in Select), my earnings are just over $300K currently, and should top out, on October 31st, somewhere near $600K.

So, it can be done, even in KU.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: May 11, 2018, 01:10:55 PM »
It's Friday! My writing goal has been reached early, and the MS is half a day ahead of schedule. Tomorrow's forecast is 89*, mostly sunny, with a 100% chance of boating.  ;D

Seriously, it took a while to get settled into my office and comfortable working here. But this week, I've been killing it, hitting my daily goal and a bit more every day. Only by having a realistic schedule, is it possible to take the time to re-energize and enjoy the fruits of your hard work. Me? I really enjoy salt spray on my face and the sun on my back. Maybe you like hiking in the forest, kayaking the rapids, or mall-walking. Whatever it is, schedule it. Enjoy it. Then get back to work.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: May 07, 2018, 02:13:09 PM »
I managed to catch up on all the business needs last week and even completed my writing goal. But I did have to come to the office on Saturday to do it. This week will be my first full week of writing at what I like to call trawler speed, 1200 words per day, double edited. Slow and steady, like a stately old Grand Banks Classic. As the weeks continue toward publishing Rising Force in late August, I hope some of y'all will contribute your own trawler goals.


Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: May 03, 2018, 12:20:54 PM »
Moving into another house? Or just moving into a different office?

Moving out of my home office and into the new offices of Down Island Press, overlooking Lady's Island Marina and the ICW.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: April 28, 2018, 12:43:11 PM »
Moving in and getting the last book published took a lot of wind out of my sails and I quickly fell a week behind on getting started on this new book. But Enduring Charity was launched on schedule, I'm nearly all moved in, and getting down to serious work. Monday, August 27th is my new target date for the eBook release of Rising Force. I'm half a day ahead of schedule.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Copy editing/proofreading
« on: April 13, 2018, 06:02:58 PM »
Thanks so much for the quick turnaround. BAM! Right back on schedule. And while unpacking from a big move. Impressive as always.

Wayne, I continue to be humbled by your generosity, especially after it caused you to be sued for absolutely no reason. Most would have quietly slipped away and I wouldn't have blamed them. Please know you have my deep gratitude.

I'm so glad you had the cojones to ride this through for this long. I know it's been a drain in more ways than one. I'm also glad that the judge has seen the oppositions motions for what they were. Baseless delaying tactics and intimidation. You are the avatar for all the good in the indie community. And we will all owe you a huge debt of gratitude when this is over.

I'm happy to support this, to help clean up the indie community.

Edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: April 13, 2018, 04:25:29 AM »
Time off is coming to a quick end. We've been in Key West for the week, a 95% relaxing vacation. I did do a live 30-minute interview, on Radio A1A on Wednesday with none other than the official Honorary Mayor of Key West, Sammie "Gonzo" Mays. That was a helluva lot of fun and of course made the trip a write off.

But, this thread is all about productivity and goal setting. Monday, I start to work on my next novel, which will be published on August 20th. Also on Monday, Enduring Charity will be published. It's in formatting and will be on time. I've started the opening scene of Rising Force and will probably add a bit more to it over the weekend from home.

But Monday, it's back to work in my new office. Let's see your goals, y'all!

Just upped the ante a bit. This craziness has gone on far too long.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Copy editing/proofreading
« on: April 01, 2018, 08:53:27 PM »
Hey Donna,

I hope to have Enduring Charity to you by the 9th.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: March 26, 2018, 04:40:20 PM »
The colors only make sense if you see the whole spreadsheet. But, as a photo, it's too small to read much.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: March 26, 2018, 04:25:04 PM »
What are the yellow days, Wayne?

I think each color corresponds to a book he's planned. He mentioned he's doing three books this year, so that jives.

Yeah, the blue is Enduring Charity, which I just finished. Green is Rising Force, which I just started, and yellow is Lost Charity, which I'll start on August 20th. Actually, I start working on the opening scene of the next book the day after writing "The End" but it's four weeks and only about 500 words, while I work with the vendors. Just to get the ball rolling on the "official" start of writing day one.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: March 25, 2018, 06:09:54 PM »
Wayne you are my rock. While I am tangled up in marketing and formatting you are going on your merry way. You help me get back on track. Thanks for your updates.

Although sometimes I feel like a character in a book I read (Not sure which one) who was preparing for a test and spent all of his study time updating charts of what he needed to study and when - in various colors with graphs! And each time he missed a deadline he'd redo the whole thing, once again using up all the study time...

If you schedule very conservatively, the only changes you'll end up making will be to move something up. Note all the unshaded dates on my 2018 calendar. Those are days when I won't be writing but will be working on the business side. All the red dates are also days I won't be writing, nor doing anything else but having fun. Those are holidays and vacations with family. The three dates in April August, and December that are bordered in red are launch days.

By having lots of time off, when life happens and I fall behind, I have lots of unscheduled days to catch up. Compare this 2018 calendar to the one I posted earlier. Because this book came in slightly shorter than planned, it and the next two books moved up.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: March 23, 2018, 05:40:31 PM »
Stick a fork in this one, it's done.

One more full read through, to close up any loose ends, then it goes to my beta readers on Monday. Between now and April 20th, when I will launch full tilt into my next book, I'll be working on the opening scene, while also working with beta readers, editors, proofreaders, and formatters on Enduring Charity. I'm really looking forward to Rising Force, as it picks up right at the end of Enduring Charity.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub recommendations
« on: March 23, 2018, 05:28:01 PM »
That's really good advice! And mirrored by what Bookbub posted today on their blog --- they recommend making one to three recommendations to your followers per month.

I've been recommending one book on the same day that I send out my newsletter, which is twice a month. That seems like a good number.

Assuming that your income from writing has surpassed your day job, when you go full time, there's a paradigm shift. It no longer becomes a matter of what you want to do, what you can do, what you'd like to do, or what others do. It becomes a matter of what you MUST do.

What you must do, starts with the bottom line. How much money do you need to make to pay your bills, have a little fun, and set some aside for a rainy day. A good clue to that would be what you earned at your last job. Most likely, you've been earning that for a while and your lifestyle is built around that income. That's gonna be your new take home pay. Use last year's total take home pay. Not last week's or last month's. I'll explain why in a second.

Your income from your writing will need to be much more than your take home pay. You have to set aside money for taxes, advertising, production, growth, and so on. Yes, you need to make a budget. And a plan.

Start your budget backwards. Don't begin with all your expenses. You want to know what you're going to need to make in gross revenue to arrive at a satisfactory take home pay. And your gross will not be the same every month, so get that out of your head. So far this fiscal year, my lowest revenue month was less than a third of what the best month was. You have to move away from that "steady weekly pay" mindset and create an annual budget and start thinking long term.

So, start with your take home pay at the top of your budget. Be generous, allow for a slight raise. Hell, I incorporated and have a regular monthly salary with payroll deductions. After your take home pay comes taxes, then production, advertising, and so on. You want to remain full time, right? So, your take home has to be at the top of the list. If you fail to pay yourself enough, you could end up going back to a J. O. B. Being full time and off the IRS radar puts them second. Now you have an idea of what your gross pay will be and can figure out how many book sales you'll need to achieve it. This will give you a whole lot better picture of how many books you have to release per year. That's where setting aside money in your budget for production.

If you have to release four books a year, you'll need to pay for editing, cover, formatting, and so on four times in the coming year. Add up what it costs to produce a single book, multiply that by four and add ten percent. Production goes on your budget after taxes as the third most important. How much did you spend in advertising last year? Add twenty percent and include that in your budget.

Creating a budget and a plan will tell you how many books you will need to release and knowing how many books, will tell you how many words a year to write. Then, and only then, can your wants come into play. Personally, I want weekends off, so I don't divide my annual word count by 365 days. I also want to take time off during the summer, Christmas, and my daughter's spring break. I want to write only 226 days a year. My annual word count goal for 2018 is 219,000 words. Divided by 226 writing days, I have to write a minimum of 969 words per writing day.

That's a pretty easy goal to achieve. But then life happens. Kids get sick, the car breaks down leaving you stranded at the mechanic's all day. Your in-laws drop in for an unannounced week-long stay. So, I add 25% to my daily word count so my work schedule doesn't eat into my time off. That gives me a realistic target of 1211 words per writing day. My target on my written schedule is 1200 words. You can see it unfold and evolve in my 5K Words Per Week thread.

Since we all have different monetary needs and wants, there is no one size fits all. So, we each have to run the numbers to find our individual targets, then create a written plan to achieve those goals.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub recommendations
« on: March 21, 2018, 06:09:21 AM »
They've been slowly rolling it out since at least two weeks ago, when it appeared in my inbox.

A word of caution; don't overuse this feature. Each recommendation you make, not only appears on that book's BookBub page, but an email from BookBub goes out to all your followers on your behalf. Imagine receiving your daily BookBub email, plus a new release alert from an author you follow, plus twenty-seven recommendations from another author you follow. That could get overwhelming for your followers, possibly resulting in some of them either unfollowing YOU or unsubscribing from BookBub.

As in all things, move slowly. Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

Hahaha, you a savvy author. Do you think you'd sign a deal to keep ebook rights, with a small/no advance? If the majority of your sales are digital, it seems like it could be a good deal!

Advance isn't an issue. I'd rather have no advance and start getting royalties from the get go, and the publisher use the advance for promotion. The quicker a book moves, the more money in their pocket. But, yeah, I'd definitely consider a deal for print and audio, keeping eBooks to myself. Traditional publishing has the tools and power to move those, whereas indies are relatively crippled in those areas. With eBooks, traditional and indie are on a fairly level playing field.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:14:21 PM »
This is a good reminder of when the book is done, it is done. I see too many writers stretch a story out for a higher word count. The reader recognizes a page turned turning into skimmer bait.

I've read a few of those. Though my books are in KU, I don't write to that market. I try to write the stories people want to buy. My final pass will be an elimination pass, primarily taking out superfluous stuff. But, more will be added here and there as needed, not as fluff, but to make sure the point comes across as genuine. My current WIP is from a female perspective, which I struggle with. I think this one is definitely the best so far, though.

While others may think differently, if a traditional publisher approached me with a deal of eBook only, and paperback maybe, he'd have the door slammed in his face. In fact, it would have to be a really good deal on paperback, hardback, audiobook, and CD, before I'd even consider the normal eBook deal. And I mean REALLY good. I know beyond any shadow of doubt that I can move more than 150K eBook copies a year, so any deal would have to deliver that same kind of traffic for all other formats.

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