Writing: You know how last time I posted I said I was too busy writing to do a decent YitL post? Yeah, well, then I went on a writing retreat and did 36,000 words in 4 days, including one 11.5K day, which was a personal best.
I wrote 91K in 19 days in March. I finished the entire 8th Walker Papers novel in that time. I observed something that I’ve observed before, but which is starting to take more solid hold in my awareness of Catie’s Writing Process now: the more detailed a synopsis I have, the faster and easier it is for me to write a book, which is an idea I’ve resisted quite heartily over the years. But this is probably the 4th book (out of around 25) where I’ve had a quite detailed synopsis, and…well. 91K in 19 days.
Now, it’s true that I did Very Little Else in that time. Mom babysat 2x a week for 3 weeks so I could get 5+ hour stretches of writing done those days. The four day retreat, I mean, all I did was eat, sleep, and write. And went on a couple of walks, but mostly, eat, sleep, write. I was up early to write most days, wrote during nap time, and wrote in the evenings a few times. And I am under deadline for that book, so the urgency was there. But. 91K in 19 days. This is a feat worth considering.
It also fits solidly into another aspect of Catie’s Writing Process, which is that really, my attention span for a book is 6-8 weeks. After that I want to go do something else for a while. So while a 3 week book is unusually fast (definitely a personal best–I’ve done a couple of 60K books in 4 weeks previously, but never a 100K book in 3 weeks o.O), the detailed outline is probably very good for getting a book done in the 6-8 week window that is my usual attention span.
So, yeah. Still learning about my own process, see? And I’ve been doing this professionally for seven years now, plus who knows how many years of working for it previous to that. This is not a job for the faint-hearted, but it’s also not one you have to worry about understanding your process for from the beginning.
Work That Isn’t Writing: Far less of this, really. See above for why.
Self-publishing efforts: I’ve just cut Faith her first royalty check from Amazon/B&N. That’s pretty damned exciting, actually. We’ve had 3 stellar months of sales and I’m very, very happy with the novella’s success. That said, April sales so far have fallen off *dramatically*–so far it’s about 25 a day, instead of the 40 to 100 we’ve seen the past 3 months. Sad but probably inevitable.
I’m working on getting cover art for several collections of stories & novellas that I’ll be publishing through Amazon/B&N soon, and I’m looking forward to seeing if those create any kind of bump in the “Easy Pickings” sales. Hopefully I’ll have the first set online at the beginning of May, so I’ll keep reporting on that front.