Apparently we will begin Week 9 by forgetting to post. That’s not a good start.
Writing: It appears I mostly took April off from writing. Given that I’d done 160K in the previous 3 months, I feel this was probably sensible. Clearly I am not of the Write Every Day school, even though I think as a goal it’s a good one. I have to get back in the saddle, though, as I’ve got 7 short stories, a proposal and a chapter to write. Ideally all by the end of May, but that’s not going to happen.
Work That Isn’t Writing: To my vast triumph I have learned to make an e-book. That’s been a great deal of what I’ve done the past two weeks, and in the long run I’m pretty certain it’s going to be a good use of time. Lisa Cohen’s How to format an e-book is hands down the best primer I’ve ever encountered (and I’ve been looking at a lot of them lately). The primer got me through 90% of the job and Lisa herself helped me with the rest, then updated the PDF to cover the questions I’d had. Seriously, if you have any interest in creating your own e-books go use her how-to book!
Self-publishing efforts: “Easy Pickings” dropped precipitously in April, with about 700 sales rather than 1200+, but I’m still very happy with how it’s done. The next trick will be figuring out how to bring it back into readers’ notice, which I hope will be accomplished with the launch of 3 sets of e-books of my own.
The cover art here is for the third of them, and I’m thrilled beyond measure with it! These are going to be collections of short stories or stand-alone novellas from the Old Races (Negotiator Trilogy) universe. I’ve no sense at all of how well they’ll do, but by gum I’ll give it a shot, and keep you all posted on the endeavours!