Writing: 25,000 words, all on “No Dominion”, the Kickstarter novella which has tipped over to a novel by breaking the 40K wordcount mark. I was hoping to have it done by today’s posting, but some Life Stuff has happened and I haven’t written since last Saturday.
Along those lines, I mentioned I was doing a “Febnowrimo”, a February 50K. I’m 15.2K into that, which, yes, I did all in the first 4 days of the month. The good news is that Life Happening hasn’t gotten me behind in wordcount because I had that initial surge, but I need to get back to putting words on pixels. How are your Febnowrimos going?
Work That Isn’t Writing: Spent the entire allocated work time of one Sunday packing up books to send out to contest winners. Or, more accuratly, I packed up about two books and some Christmas presents, and no, sadly, I’m not getting a jump on 2012 with those, they’re last year’s. :p I still have a whole lot of books to pack up, but Life Happened, so hopefully I’ll have most of that done before I actually post this (I’m writing it on the Tuesday prior to posting (eta: I did get everything packed up, as it happens.)). Also FINALLY packed up comics to send to the Best Agent Evar, as well as packed up the Important Stuff mentioned in the last post & got it all out in the mail.
Followed-up sending comics to agent with email to agent regarding proposals out there in the ether. Also sent panicked email to the Walker Papers editor regarding potential consequences of the Kickstarter campaign novel/la “No Dominion”, and how to deal with them in upcoming books. Also sent less-panicked email to the same editor regarding the numbers game that is a book’s launch week, which has resulted in a blog post of its own.
Seriously, folks, I know it doesn’t seem like it, but aside from the Christmas presents? This really is part of a writer’s life. I’m not kidding when I’m talking about work that isn’t writing.
Self-publishing efforts: “Easy Pickings” has been on Amazon & B&N a month now! The numbers–well, they’re rocking me like a hurricane, actually. I’m just going to focus on January’s sales numbers right now, and start reporting on this monthly from here on out.
Between Amazon & B&N, we sold about 1400 copies of “Easy Pickings” in January. The lion’s share–about 85%–was through Amazon. Now, we’ve done relatively little promotion for this; we’ve talked about in blogs and on Twitter/FB/etc, but mostly I think what’s driving these sales is “Others bought books like this” and “other books by these authors”. This is what’s *supposed* to happen, of course, and it’s a positive feedback loop: the more sales we have, the more likely they are to come up in those two categories. I would still like to do more promotional stuff and get it on Smashwords, but this week, see above under “Life Happens”. Still, wow, we’re pretty thrilled with the numbers we’re seeing! Yay!
Shameless Self-Promotion: Actually not so much of that, though the book launch stuff is mostly sorted. My heavy-handed promotion was for a friend’s book, this time around. Oh, and the random decision to send a full set of CE Murphy novels to somebody who supported Pat Rothfuss’s Worldbuilders, but that’s over by the time I post this so I won’t link to it.
Upcoming: Too Many items still on the to-do list: finish “No Dominion”, finish the edits on the malingering Walker Papers short story, write another Walker Papers short story, write another chapter for the graphic novel, & make headway on MOUNTAIN ECHOES, book 8 of the Walker Papers. Right. At this point I’ll take it if I can get the first 4 items on that list done, she said, taking a deep somewhat tense breath…