A Year in the Life: Week 12


Up this week in the Life Of A Writer: book proposals! more book proposals! e-releases! short stories! …and real life.

Writing: I’ve written four book proposals in the last month, which is to my mind utterly inhuman. I never do that. So I’m all impressed and horrified at once. On one hand: go me! on the other hand: don’t make me do it again! They’ve included:

» HEAVEN CAN WAIT, the 3 chapters + synopsis for my Kickstarter project. Finally got a handle on it, it doesn’t entirely suck, but I’m not *really* happy with it, either. Meh.

» Book for my nephew: I’m writing a middle grade series for my nephew. I did the first book last winter and tackled the synopsis for book 2 so I can sit down and Get It Written soon.

» and now for something totally new, an epic fantasy proposal that is Very Rough Indeed, but it’s kind of just fishing to see if anybody wants something like it before I throw myself into deeper waters.

I’ve also been sitting here staring at four short stories I need to write, and suddenly just about 90 minutes ago I had a flash of inspiration and got going on one of them. The one that is due last, of course, but let’s not quibble, shall we? Because Real Life has been…interfere-y, and we will be glad of what we can get.

Real Life: I don’t talk about my personal life to any great degree in these posts, though in some ways I should because it’s certainly relevant to the writing aspect of things. But let me just summarize that in the past two weeks we have had Exciting Health Issues in the family (all is well, fear not), and the planned house move turned disastrous in a nearly incomprehensible way, none of which is all that conducive to being creative on demand. Writing the proposals listed above has been a bit of a grim slog through all of that, but…that’s part of what has to be dealt with as a professional writer. It does, though, mean that a moment of inspiration is incredibly welcome…

Self-publishing efforts: THE OLD RACES: ORIGINS short story e-collection is out! (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, okay, shameless self promotion done!) And it’s doing…sort of dreadfully, actually. Not getting anything like the traction EASY PICKINGS got (though EP has bumped up a bit since ORIGINS came out), so I’m trying to figure out how to boost that signal. I’ve got a few people who will do book reviews and things for me, but…it’s hard! I’m kind of hoping the release of all 3 collections over the summer will gain some momentum, but I guess we’ll see.

I think that’s all for now. 🙂


2 comments to A Year in the Life: Week 12

  • Mikaela

    And I am giving away 3 copies at my book review blog. So far… Well, let’s just say that you will have *splendid* opportunity to win if you enter. *headdesk* http://book-recommendations.blogspot.se/2012/06/giveaway-old-races-origins-by-ce-murphy.html

    ( And, yes it is legal. I plan to use Smashwords gifting feature.)

  • I simply do not know how you do all that you do, Catie. Even being so much younger, it has to be horrid with a child and *moving!* Oh. My. Gosh!

    And I (*so very much*) agree that writing on a professional level and dealing with RL is something that has to be pushed through. We’ve had so many personal and family health concerns ourselves this year.

    I am glad EP has picked up a bit. We made *really really* good money on that in the first month, and *not bad at all* money on the second month. I also think that your recent Joanne Walker book had to boost the EP sales.