For a period in 2012 I talked a lot about Hugh Howey. It seemed like everything coming out of my mouth was about him.
“Hugh Howey said this.
Hugh Howey said that.
Did you see this video of Hugh Howey dancing?
Oh my god Hugh Howey just quoted me on kindle boards!”
Yes I always used his first and last name.
My husband, at one point, asked me if I loved Hugh Howey so damn much why didn’t I marry him? My reply was, “I think he’s already married.”
Time passed and my obsession went away only now to be replaced with an increasing obsession with Chuck Wendig.
I read all of his blog posts, I’ve started reading his books, and his name keeps popping up in everyday conversations. I’ve read a couple of his funny toddler blog posts out loud to my husband, who surprisingly liked them.
At this point the only reason Chuck Wendig has not become my new Hugh Howey is because Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, and Dave Wright of the Self-Publishing Podcast and Write. Publish. Repeat. are vying for my attention at the same time.
So many men so little time.
I think I’ve done everything. I think I have. Maybe?
I really need to create a new release check list. There is so much to do when you publish the next book in a series.
Oh yeah. I just published the next episode in The Amelia Bennett Chronicles!! Whoohoo!! Episode Four New Life is now available on Amazon and Smashwords and it’s processing everywhere else.
It’s been so long since I published anything it’s pretty awesome. I’m not as nervous as I was the first time, though I am tense because I’m not sure if I remembered to do everything.
I’ve updated the back matter in Episode 3 on Amazon, Google, and Smashwords. I’ve added it to Goodreads and tried to add it to the existing series but couldn’t so I’ve opened a ticket (they fixed it in the time it took me to write this blog post). I’ve updated my website. I sent out emails to my mailing lists. I updated my Facebook.
When this is done I’m going to make a check list in Excel.
In case you couldn’t possibly come up with something that is as fun as writing (I know I had problems thinking up stuff), I’ve made you a list.
- Binge watching TV shows on Netflix. You know that show you heard of that seemed kind of interesting? The show that had such a compelling story that as soon as the commercial/preview/whatever you saw that promoted it was over you forgot about it. Yes that show. Well it is now on Netflix. All eight seasons ready for you to watch back to back to back to back. Enjoy.
- Reading about writing. It’s so much fun to read about other people’s trials and tribulations when it comes to writing. Oh look they did the same thing you did that didn’t work. See they also struggle with punctuation. Here’s another article about the new way to market your book. Someone else has gotten a six figure book deal. Chuck Wendig posted another amazing blog post and it must be read right now!
- Looking for book covers. Why write when you don’t already have the perfect book cover picked out? You should stop writing right now and find the book cover that will fit your book. There are only a few thousand pre-made book covers out there.
- Playing Facebook games. Have you played Candy Crush? How about Pet Rescue Saga? Farmville? Farmtown? Cafeville? No? Why the hell not?!?
- Red Box. You can rent movies you didn’t bother to see in theaters for a little over a dollar a day. These red boxes are everywhere just begging you to try out a movie. Not comfortable with a certain genre but slightly interested in a movie, try it! You just might like it. Or not.
- Surfing Amazon for stuff to buy when you have money. That’s pretty self explanatory I would think. You see you go to Amazon and you look at all the things you want to buy but can’t afford to right now and then you add them to your completely unmanageable wish list. It’s window shopping from your couch.
- Read a book. Reading is actually research for writing, so it’s alright if you read a book. It’s not procrastination in any way. You’re just learning how to be a better writer by reading. So what if it’s a book in a genre you have no desire to write in, it’s still a learning experience.
- Cleaning. I’m sorry how did this get here? Cleaning sucks. There is no way it’s more fun than writing. Well… no it’s not. There’s no way. If you prefer cleaning to writing than I’m sorry I can’t help you.
Well Amazon never got back to me, so in case you were wondering, writing a public letter begging for money does not work.
Sales. It’s been a while since I updated on sales and as much as I’d love to say it’s because there are too many to count. I can’t.
January- 1 sale 79 free downloads
February- 7 sales 116 free downloads
March- 8 sales 135 free downloads
I’m pretty happy with that. It’s obvious that sales increased once I made the first episode in my series free. Those numbers only include Amazon and Google Play, Smashwords is too complicated to include their numbers, I haven’t had any sales on there anyway.
Self-Publishing. I’ve created a new website. The hardest part was linking it to my blog, but that’s finally done, and everything is live. The website created more expenses than I would like but I thought it was something I should do. We’ll see how it goes, there’s only one monthly expense.
Camp NaNoWriMo. They recently changed the rules and your goal doesn’t have to be 50k words. So I signed up for 20k. I’m already behind, of course, but I’ve still written more this month than the last few months. I’m very happy about that.
If you could please send me another credit. I don’t care if it’s for legal reasons or what just give me more money to spend on books.
I’ve only got a few dollars left of the $60 you gave me and I still have like 163 samples left to read through. I’m bound to find more books I have to own and the credit I have left is just not going to cover it. Sure I’ve already bought four books but there are so many more out there I need.
So hook me up bitch.
I’m sorry I shouldn’t have called you a bitch, I take that back. Please don’t let that color your opinion of me. I hardly ever use that language and I was just trying to be cool so you’d like me.
Let’s get back to the purpose of this email. I want more Amazon money for books.
I’m serious here.
I need my fix man.
What’s up? Why you no send more money?
You know what? You’re a fucking bastard. You give me a sweet little taste and now that I’m hooked you’re going to make me pay?
How do you sleep at night?
Give Me More Money Now!
I’ve finished my personal edits. I sent it to beta readers who gave positive feedback. I read it on my kindle and found a couple more edits to make. I’ve also scheduled Anne Victory, the editor on the previous episodes, for around April 15th. Excited.
I have the new cover created. I’m still kind of unsure of the covers but I’m not sure what else I could do to them.
Anyway, on to the next project.
A long time ago on my blog I mentioned that I hate turning on the heat. If my husband wants to turn it on I tell him to get a blanket. I’m cruel I know. I do eventually turn it on and even more so now that there’s a child in the house, but I just love that low electricity bill.
After nine years I’m proud to say that the idea of just changing the thermostat doesn’t even enter my husband’s mind anymore.
I didn’t set out to train him, it just happened all on its own.