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Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: July 15, 2018, 01:40:16 PM »
We had a very rough week this past week. We had to put one of our dogs down. It was a tough decision, but one we'd been talking about for nearly a year. He was fourteen and his health was failing when he suffered a broken leg last Wednesday. Needless to say, it took the wind out of our sails for a few days.

But, deadlines are deadlines. Other people rely on me to have things done in a timely manner so I don't mess up their schedules. So, I locked myself in the office this weekend, turned BrainFM up loud, and forced myself to catch up.

Three more weeks of writing to go, and I now have a pretty good idea how this story is going to wind up. It's now novel length and the manuscript will be completed in three more weeks.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do new writers obsess about but shouldn't?
« on: July 04, 2018, 07:37:28 AM »
A lot of great things to look out for indeed. Pricing, release schedules, promotions, advertising....

It goes on and on. But, the sad truth is, the first book isn't going to do much of anything. All the time and energy spent on it after publishing would be far better utilized in writing another book.

Nothing sells a first book better than a second one. Nothing.

Hey everyone. Sorry to have been absent the past week. Thank you for all the words of support.

While I would love to share what's transpired with regard to settlement talks, I'm unable to. I will say that the main issue is not, and never has been, money. I'll also reiterate I won't be made to say anything in a statement that is untrue; I would rather say nothing at all than lie.

This process has taught me a lot about the justice system and none of it has been positive. It really does come down to a war of attrition and who has the deepest pockets. As proven by her newly custom-built home and her own statements of spending tens of thousands to furnish it, the defendant's pockets are far deeper than mine. Still, I'm committed to seeing this through. For the third time, I pushed back the release of my next novel and accepted a job so that I can continue this fight.

I resent mortgaging my future in an attempt to get justice. I'm sad that I don't have time to write and that my sales have fallen off sharply because of this mess. But I resent false accusations even more.

But what fodder for a plot point in an outline.  :D

I would give Liam the benefit of the doubt if he would communicate something. As far as I can tell, he's on holiday, doesn't know it's crashed, and isn't working on solving the problem. I already deal with one entity who feels they don't have to communicate with me (guess who?), it's frustrating to have him treat me the same way. Welcome to the mushroom farm.

i wonder how far down your email was in his inbox. Seriously, Liam's email was likely slam full within hours. Responding would take time away from fixing.

Liam has created a great app, that in my opinion, far outshines what you can get directly from KDP. Which, by the way, you could have looked at and gotten the same numbers in the same time. The app, by its nature, can fail when Amazon changes something. And we all know how timely the Zon informs us of upcoming changes. And a question for all y'all deriding the BR creator. Would your sales be different today if you hadn't checked them all weekend? Higher? Lower? No, they'd be the same.

In other words, chill y'all. The sky ain't falling. Stop wasting time looking at sales every hour. They'll be there or they won't. But, you know what? The sun's still gonna set, and that's one more sunset you won't ever see.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: June 29, 2018, 01:51:33 PM »
We had a great time in Key Weird, er, West. The Mystery Fest was a lot of fun, and I was able to get together with a couple of other Sea Adventure authors, Steven Becker and John Cunningham, at Smokin' Tuna for a few cold ones. Thom Shepherd was playing. Good times.

Knowing that the week after being gone so long wouldn't be as productive, you may have noticed that I hadn't scheduled a lot of words. I passed the week's goal by 500 words today, and since Jordy comes in to work on Fridays, we're knocking off early and taking the boat out.

If I were in Christina's shoes, I'd sooner drop the financial end than the public statement. I can always make more money. But integrity is a totally different thing.

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.

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