Several months ago, I attended a writing seminar taught by a highly-acclaimed writer who has seen success in multiple genres, both through traditional and self-publishing. I’d heard rave reviews of this writer’s presentations before, and I eagerly looked forward to his words of wisdom.
Alas, he was ill-prepared, pretentious, and condescending.
But I gained one nugget of wisdom from his presentation: In the modern world of publishing, writers need to do More.
Yeah, we need to do more publicity. Or the right publicity. We need to do more social media presence-ing. Or the right social media presence-ing. We need to do more career planning. Or the right career planning.
But most of all, we need more content.
For some of us, content has been relatively easy in the early days of self-publishing. We had backlist books, where the rights had reverted to us. We could take those books that, a decade ago, would have mouldered in our garages (if we had garages) or turned to dust in our attics (if we had attics), and we could turn them into shiny new pixels of ebooks, making money without much new creative effort.
For those of us with backlists, the early days have been golden. But the backlists have been exploited. We’re back at ground zero. And so we need to write — more, faster, smarter.
I’m fortunate. I’m a fast writer. I can churn out 5000 words a day, day after day after day. Um, when I actually write.
It’s not a secret to this group — we create works by applying BICHOK — Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard. Now, though, I need a new acronym. BICHOKWTC. Butt In Chair, Hands on Keyboard, Words That Count.
I don’t have time for the words that belong to another story. I don’t have time for the words that are warm-ups, exercises for my writing brain before I really kick into gear. I don’t have time for the words that are written from the wrong POV, or *no* POV. I definitely don’t have time for the words on Facebook or Twitter — at least until after the day’s important words are down.
Why am I suddenly so aware of Words That Count?
Between now and December 31, 2014, I will be releasing a dozen new books. Of those releases, ten will be entirely new content.
First up: On Monday, September 23, I’m releasing GIRL’S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT in a boxed set, with five other authors’ first-in-a-series novels. The set will sell for $0.99 — it’s a promotional effort that required little new writing but lots of shrewd marketing.
Second: On Tuesday, September 24, my pseudonymous middle grade novel DARKBEAST REBELLION will hit the stores ( Amazon | B & N | Indiebound). I love, love, love this book, and I’ll be traveling a fair amount to promote it. I hope to be able to write many more books in the DARKBEAST world.
Third through Eleventh: I’m writing nine fun, spicy romances, each built around a player on a baseball team and the woman he loves. They’ll start coming out during spring training next year; the last will hit stores a little after the World Series.
Twelfth: I’m writing a new Jane Madison Academy Series book.
Between now and the end of next year, I’ll be writing around a half million words, for publication. It’s going to be tough. I’m going to be exhausted. But with BICHOKWTC, I can do it.
How about you? Are you setting writing goals for next year? Can you power-load your current writing practice, making whatever time you have to create more productive? How can you increase the WTC?