It’s been a week of ups and downs, like most weeks.
Last weekend I started off by writing the blog posts for the week, more or less (the book review and WordlessWednesday) – the book review for Nine Lives was a cheat as you will see if you read it but by happy circumstance the book is currently FREE to download so it was great timing and you can click on the title of the book to go and get it.
I then had some book client work to do so I spent much of Saturday and Sunday formatting and then uploading manuscripts to publishing platforms. Then checking, tweaking, re-uploading and so on and so on, you get the picture. Anyone who does their own publishing knows what I am talking about only I feel that much more responsible when I am doing it for someone else.
I have also, hold the front page, come of age in the publishing world because this week I, or rather A Single Step (which amounts to the same thing), have been 1*’d… I am treating it like a badge of honour because I believe it means that there are enough copies of my books out there to not please everyone, out of those who can be bothered to review of course.
This was offset by a fabulous new review for The Joker anyway so it’s all swings and roundabouts isn’t it?
On Monday I got my final blog post for the week written, the podcast one. Then on Tuesday I was working away and listening to The Stark Reflections Podcast when I got a thank you mention, a really lovely one too so that was terrific and put a bounce in my step.
I had a promotion starting on Tuesday too so put a newsletter together for that, and every time I am doing that at the moment I keep being reminded I still need to do all my GDPR stuff – I have put a whole day aside for it next week. (That sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun! :-D)
Wednesday was the day when our library bus comes for its monthly visit. Dave, who runs that bus was asking how my writing was going and when I replied, slowly, a discussion started on what I was writing etc etc. From the back of the bus one of my neighbours said she hoped I was making good progress with the sequel to Parallel Lies, and when would that be out? Gulp… there’s nothing quite like being put on the spot to concentrate the mind! Still it’s nice to know there’s someone out there wanting to read it 😀
Duly motivated I did two hours of writing, on the sequel, that very evening. I write at about 500 words an hour. So an 80,000 word book should take around 160 hours for the first draft. Hmmm…
On Thursday and Friday I had the covers back for the client I am working for so spent some time loading those up and checking again. I was able to order one proof so I am looking forward to seeing that as I think there may be an issue with the interior file – fingers crossed my fears will prove unfounded.
I had to send out another newsletter on Friday because of another promotion starting and I wrote a couple of blog posts for next week. I also did another couple of hours writing as well so that was a really good day.
Also, Claire, if you are reading this thank you for the prod regarding the audio on Friday. I came back and have progressed those plans too. I’ve picked a narrator for The Joker and asked for an audition from him. I’ve also tracked down a narrator Claire recommended to see if there is any chance of getting her to do the Grayson Trilogy for me. I think it is unlikely but if you don’t ask then you never know, do you?
Finally, onto this weeks stats and I know what is going to be an issue here, working on two projects.
Project B – Hill of Beans – previously 5532 words – still 5532 words.
Project C – Parallel Lies sequel – previously 45 words – now 3563 words.
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