Sunday, May 13, 2012

My Agenda This Spring/Summer

Even though I've sent in my third book to the publisher, and feel a great relief, I still have many projects waiting for me. My only deadline right now is for a short story I'm doing for an anthology. It's deadline isn't until June something, and so I'm almost done with this, which is great!

We've been having perfect days this spring. They feel more normal than not, to me. We aren't supposed to get to the 80's in May! So, when they show a row of 70's all week, that's great. I've been getting out, and moving. I've used my interest in nature and birdwatching to get out there. Plus, we live on prairie/wetlands, and it is great out here.  Nice to be able to walk out the door and have it all to yourself some mornings. I've lost 4 pounds this last week by both watching my calories, and getting out nearly every day and walking. I hope to loose 10 pounds by end of this month and maybe 20 all together, if I can keep at it.

My plans are to work on a few projects I have not been able to work on because I wanted to get the first three books in my Sabrina Strong Series out in the first three years. Which looks like I'm able to accomplish. I already have the fourth book in a third draft, so I can put it on hold for now and turn to some other things.

I realize I have been writing for more than 3 decades and it has not been until this 4th decade that I had been able to publish a novel (I'm flabbergasted I've got two out with a third pending!) My first self-published novel, Spell of the Black Unicorn is now in my hands and out of the publisher's hands. I am going to be working on it this summer, release it as an ebook and also give it a new title. Maybe "Spell of the Vampire" might work?

Along the way, I've made a lot of great friends in the virtual world. Many of you have stuck with me, become my fans and friends, and we have found a common bond: writing. Whenever I figure out something new I do try and reveal it, once I'm sure that it's something important. While a lot of us have been working on our novels, we have to understand that people who do not know you will not buy the book just because it's out there. What will help them decide? I mean besides the reviews you may get, or the guest posts you may also be able to stack up when your book is released. You have to realize that money is tight right now, to take a chance on a new author--even one that has two or three novels out there--there has to be something a reader can find written by you that is short and cheep--or free. There have been a few authors I've gotten to know, and those I see around me, who write a short story that might be a sort of prequel to the book itself. They offer it for free, and sometimes they place a couple of chapters from the novel they want you to buy at the end of it, so that further sells the book.

Also, you might want to get yourself into a few anthologies. It is a good way to get name recognition, should someone who read a short piece by you comes across your name again. On your main blog you need to have these posted somewhere. A "page" below your banner is a very good way of doing this. I get hits on my pages daily. It's a way for people to get to know you and what you've done. If you have writing credits you want to get them there on another page, and be sure to up-date all your pages regularly.

The above suggestions are ones I'm going to be working on this spring and summer. Now that I don't have a novel to try and write and get out there in a year, I have time to work on these other projects. Hopefully these things will help sales of the books. I'll keep you posted.

Meanwhile... I think I might step out and feel the sunshine on my face.

5 comments:

  1. I've got two short stories that I've written. They've also been fully edited. Just couldn't figure out what to do with them. However, niether have anything to do with the paranormal. I'm a prolific writer. That's a great idea but where do I post them for free? Send me an e-mail.

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  2. We're in a similar place in our writing careers, Lorelei. I just published my third book as well. I'm working on a fourth currently, but I've been kicking around the idea of another novella. (My first was a novel, my second a novella, my third, another novel.) I enjoyed the shorter piece a great deal, and readers seem to love the novella! Have you published one? I know you actually mention a short story to include in an anthology - what kind of length are you aiming for?

    Love your name, btw...my sister named her daughter Lorelei (she's now 2) but my other sister and I call her "Lollie" which drives her mother to distraction!

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  3. Shelly, emailed you.

    Nadja, I've begun writing a novella, but it might be a while for me to get back to it. I'm trying to keep to one thing. I get one thing done, I'll move to the next. And I have too many projects that I want to do!

    Cute about your little neice. I used to think I had the only name like this, and now I hear it all over the place! I've been called Lorelee, and Loralee.

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  4. Great advice! Glad I stopped by. :)

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  5. Very happy to have you, and thank you for "following" me!

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