Sunday, January 29, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
So, since Wednesday, I have made it around the world with a bit of luck, a lot of patience, and about $300.00, so this update comes to you from South Carolina, where I'll be for the next 2 weeks doing some training and looking for a house to buy in anticipation of my transfer here in June.
On the ROW80 front, the good news is that the proposal material for The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Indonesian is finished, and I'll send it off next week after giving it a final editing.
A bit behind on the goals for my non-fiction book release, and my article for Current Intelligence, but I think I can catch those both up this week between classes. Looking forward to being able to provide a more thorough update on Wednesday.
In other news, I'm using the month of February to test the efficacy of Ever After PR's "Featured Author" package; you can look forward to a report here sometime in March detailing the results of that promotion. And finally, Happily Ever After is being translated into German, so I'll be looking forward to releasing that on Amazon.co.de next month, and then working on getting a French translation done as well.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Question first. Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Steven King all released novels in serialized form; what do you think are the advantages or disadvantages of a novel being released a chapter at a time in electronic form these days? Here are some specific issues: Free, or paid? And if paid, a one-time up-front fee, or a per-installment fee? What about format? Would you read it if it was released as a blog (readable online or on the Kindle, for example) or do you have another suggestion for formatting? And finally, interval... One chapter per week? More or less material, more or less often?
Am very curious to hear your thoughts on the subject. As an author, I think a serialized release would help keep me focused on on track with the writing of a novel, and might help build publicity in advance of the full release. Now, a quick update on ROW80 (if you don't know what that is, click here for details) - highly recommended for all writers!
Finished one overdue item on my book proposal, and hit a fitness goal (run a 6-minute mile) but still overdue on completing the sample chapter for the book proposal, and now overdue on editing the 100-some pages of my translated non-fiction book.
So, still running behind on the book proposal front, and will be dangerously close to missing more deadlines soon. Unfortunately, I'm in the middle of a round-the world trip (writing this from Tokyo) and the preparation for that has thrown my writing schedule a bit off. Nonetheless, I'm confident that I'll be on track at the end of the 80-day period...
Looking forward to seeing how everyone else is doing, and hearing your thoughts on serialization.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
So, one week down, and what a week it's been! Rescued 3 tiny kittens and found them all new homes (two are still with me until Monday, the little scamps) finished several online courses that were prerequisites for the training that I'm doing back in the US in the next few weeks, and have booked the flights that will take me around the world during January and February for training in South Carolina and Rhode Island, rugby in Las Vegas, and a wedding in London, among other things... Also scored a try in the Jakarta Komodo's opening rugby game of the new year, and sorted out boots and jerseys for the 14 orphans that I'm sponsoring to play junior rugby.
Despite the overall busyness of the week, I'm happy to also be able to report progress on the writing front, thanks to my ROW80 goals set last week. I've only listed the ones that are due, overdue, or completed.
1. Submit 1 book proposal
Finish Description: 9 Jan Finish Market Overview: 10 Jan Review and describe competition: 11 Jan
- Write Outline of Content: 12 Jan - Overdue
Write Sample Chapter: 13 Jan - Overdue
2. Publish 1 non-fiction book.
Translate all material: 10 Jan
I did miss the Wednesday check-in, which is too bad, because that is a regular blogging day for me, though it's usually tied to a blog hop that I participate in. I think that I can roll a ROW80 update in during future weeks without much trouble, though, so look for my first Wednesday ROW80-related post next week.
A reasonably good week; although I fell short on 2 goals, I did make progress on both - about 50% complete, and with a bit of luck, I'll be able to finish them both tomorrow.
A trend I noticed last week when I went around other blogs was that people are using ROW80 to motivate and track other goals, including health, fitness, and networking. I think that's an admirable and very useful approach, so I'll sketch out a few similar goals here and update them along with the writing projects in the weeks to come.
5. Health & Fitness.
- Bench Press 100 kg : 23 Jan
- Gain 5 kg: 10 Feb
- Run 6-min miles: 31 Mar
6. Learn French.
- (sub-tasks to be described later)
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
1. Submit 1 book proposal
- Finish Description: 9 Jan
- Finish Market Overview: 10 Jan
- Review and describe competition: 11 Jan
- Write Outline of Content: 12 Jan
- Write Sample Chapter: 13 Jan
- Review: 16 Jan
- Submit: 21 Jan
2. Publish 1 non-fiction book.
- Translate all material: 10 Jan
- Edit all material: 15 Jan
- Publish: 16-21 Jan
3. Publish 1 non-fiction article or essay online.
- Finish draft: 20 Jan
- Submit for editing: 25 Jan
- See published: Mar issue “Current Intelligence”
4. Publish 1 more short story on Amazon.
- Finish draft: 1 Feb
- Editing: 7 Feb
- Cover art: 10 Feb
- Trailer: 13 Feb
- Pre-publication promotion: 14-21 Feb
- Publish: 21 Feb
As you can see, some of these tasks are running parallel, and some sequentially, as certain items (such as the book proposal) have a waiting period associated with the post-submission results, and others (such as the non-fiction book) strengthen the case for subsequent tasks, i.e., the book proposal.
Looking forward to your thoughts / questions,
Friday, January 6, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Well, it's been a few weeks since my last post, but just to catch you up, I was traveling most of the month of December, and have spent the last few days editing and publishing a new short story, which is now available as a "Kindle Select" title, which means it will only be available electronically through Amazon for the next 3 months.