Friday, May 18, 2018

Progress report

I've started the second draft of book 3.  I'm working my way through my notes right now, and then once that's done, I'll cut scenes if necessary and move stuff around.  Then I'll basically re-write the whole thing at the paragraph and sentence level (leaving the broader structure unchanged).  No promises regarding a release date.  Life has a way of upsetting my plans, and I know better than to try to make predictions.

I'm working on a new cover for Mr. Wilson, and I think I'm getting close.  This cover design stuff isn't easy, and it takes me a few iterations just to get something that doesn't suck.

I intend to come up with a Privacy Policy soon.  This is due to the GDPR thing that the EU is doing.  I'm basically going to see what other authors have and copy their policies.  Other than that, I don't plan on doing anything regarding the EU's latest regulatory experiment.  Not at this time, anyway.  I reserve the right to do whatever I deem necessary to stay out of trouble.

I logged into Bookbub the other day--something I mostly only do once a month when applying for a deal--and saw I had some notifications.  I clicked on them and discovered I have some Bookbub followers.  Pretty cool, huh?  I guess that means they get emails from Bookbub when I release something new.  Anyway, if any of my Bookbub followers are reading this, welcome to the blog, and feel free to introduce yourself in the comments if you're so inclined.

Just as I feared, the weather here transitioned from late winter to early summer with almost zero spring in between.  Highs last week were in the upper 80s.  This week has been rainy, so the temps have been lower, but I also saw the first mosquito of the year today--and got my first bite--so it's now officially mosquito season.

That's all for now.  Back to the grind...

Friday, May 11, 2018

First draft is done!

The first draft of Book 3 of the Wheel of Fire series is done.  It clocks in at 95,000 words and change.  I usually add material during revision, so I expect the final product to be somewhere between 90,000 and 130,000 words.  That's just an estimate, though.  No promises.

It took me about three months, and I'm frankly kind of embarrassed about that.  I should have finished this thing up faster.  But the past is the past, and all I can do is try to do better next time.

My order of business now is as follows: write the second draft, make a revised outline for book 4, work on the outlines for the rest of the series, do a little cover work, and then start the Kindle edit for book 3.

I also intend to run an ad or two for Clouds of Venus.  I'm trying to decide whether to do that before or after Memorial Day weekend.  I think I might wait until after.

But for now, a milestone is accomplished, so I'm going to take a day to wallow in some good feels.  I may even watch a movie or do something equally extravagant.  :D

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Thanks, readers!

Patty Jansen's latest promotion has ended.  I made several sales of Mind Games.  I hope y'all who purchased it enjoy the book.  I hope you've already read Hostile Planet, too, otherwise you might get confused.

Thanks again.  :)

Monday, May 7, 2018

A little more love from Apple

Something is afoot at Apple.  Not sure what it is... but I like it.

Here's a chart of free downloads of Clouds of Venus at Apple.  It spans March 1 to the present.

The daily downloads have increased lately, as one can plainly see.  A spike that lasts a few days can easily be dismissed as an anomaly.  But this spike has lasted for a couple of weeks now, which suggests it's a change in trend, not just signal noise.

Perhaps it's Apple's algorithm promoting me a little more.  Or maybe some book blogger left a positive review somewhere.  Lots of possibilities.  Who knows...

Whatever the reason, it's cool to see.  And if any new-to-my-work readers are reading this, I hope you enjoy the book.  :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Patty Jansen's May Promotion: all books 99 cents

Time for another book sale.  :D  Patty Jansen is running a promotion this weekend, and my own Mind Games is a part of it.  All books are 99 cents.

Direct link:

So check it out.  It's a great way to sample other authors' works on the cheap.  You might just find your new favorite series.

In the meantime, thanks for supporting me and all the other independent authors.  :)

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Progress report

I'm on page 10 of my 13-page outline.  I've got over 77k words.  Still crunching this thing out, but the end of the first draft is in sight.

In other news, it seems like the wind has yet to stop blowing this year.  I don't like wind.  Well, I like it sometimes.  But not all the time, which is the way it's been lately.  I'd like to enjoy some nice pleasant spring days before summer arrives, but it looks like that might not happen.

I think I'll be getting a payout from Kobo.  The threshold is fifty Canadian dollars, and I've made forty-one and change in American money, so that should be enough.  I'd love to get some real traction at that retailer and start making sales on a regular basis.  Right now, Kobo is my third-best retailer after Amazon and Apple, and it's a distant third.  The potential is enormous, though, and I'd love to get some momentum going.

I've started working on a new cover for Mr. Wilson, and I think what I've got so far is already better than the current cover.  I'm still working on it, but I'm optimistic.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Progress report

Word count for this draft currently stands at 74,274.  I'm on page 9 of my 13-page outline.  I'm hoping to make a big push this last week of April and finish this thing up.

The sale at Kobo this past weekend went okay, but not as well as I'd hoped.  I'm right at the threshold required for Kobo to pay out.  It might come down to where the Canadian dollar moves over the next few weeks as to whether I get paid or not.  It's also possible that I've made sales that simply haven't shown up on the dashboard yet.  Kobo's sales reporting has been sporadic in the past.

My goals for 2018 remain the same: publish book 3 this summer and book 4 before year's end.  It'll be close, and I'm starting to fear I won't make it.  But we'll see.