That’s about half the book, thank goodness. If I buckle down on it, I can get the revised text to the readers by Friday or Sunday. If you’ve volunteered for that and haven’t heard from me by now, I regret to say that it’s because I haven’t gotten off of my butt yet and emailed anybody back. Flogging myself back into action is one of the things I’m working on, this week.
…I’m going to blame that title on the endorphins. To misquote somebody or other, there is nothing quite so thrilling as finishing up a procedure where they go deep into your tooth to get all the nerves — and realizing that there was no pain during the procedure. Truly, the state of the art has improved greatly since the days of my youth: back then, ‘root canal’ was a pretty good analogy for ‘torture.’ Or possibly just a euphemism.
Still: buy my books! Root canals are also way cheaper than they used to be, but they still ain’t cheap.
PS: Posting may still be weird today. I have no idea how I’m going to be feeling when the local anesthesia wears off.
Short Story: Verdict of History. History was deliberately unkind in its verdict, and I fret that I didn’t make it unkind enough. I rarely dislike my own protagonists to the extent that I disliked these two.
Found here. Said migration shouldn’t take too long; but then, that’s what they said about the First World War. Something could go pear-shaped. Hopefully it won’t, but it might, so go buy two books! Just to be on the safe side.
I mostly concentrated on looking into whether I can put together another chapbook: it turns out, I can. Between the two Kindle Vella stories (which I can publish on KDP, after thirty days*) an older story, and something I did last fall, I have a good 60K words there. More than usual! I’m waiting to hear back from an artist before putting together a draft for revisions/edits/so forth.
As for the next novel? Yeah, I’m mucking about with that after dinner. I probably will rechapter the text tonight, then start growing literary connective tissue. I feel a lot better about this project, now. You gotta do the work.
If I manage that, I should be able to say that I’ve made an average of $500/per year from Amazon sales of my books since I started up on this. What does that mean, in the larger scheme of things? …Honestly, not that much. I’ve had a really good year generally already. But the overarching goal here is to achieve a revenue stream that will let me publish at least one novel a year on my own; and to do that, I need to hustle. This is part of the hustle.
PS: I also need to start up a store in 2023 that will let me sell people signed copies of my books. For that I’m gonna need to do some research, though. I don’t have the money to pay somebody to do it for me.
Not gonna lie: I’ve had better sales months (even when I take Fright Reads sales in account). But if you’re looking for new and exciting Christmas gifts, my books would be perfect for that. They’re also a touch underpriced (and likely to become moreso, in this economy, so you’ll do well out of doing good.