This year will be my third year serving as a municipal liaison for National Novel Writing Month. I’m curious to see how people reflect on NaNo 2012 (preferably in December) but am looking to build up a list of interested Wrimos now. I’m looking to host posts from Wrimos both in the CT Shoreline region and elsewhere.
What you get:
- A byline with a link to your own blog, website, Twitter page, etc.
- I will promote your post for (up to) a week on my own Twitter and Facebook.
There is a possibility I might turn this into some kind of print/e-book anthology if I get enough guest posts from authors who are interested, but that’s something to discuss later. If I do that, sale of the anthology would go toward The Office of Letters and Light to support their writing programs, including NaNoWriMo. If this interests you, think over the next few months about an interesting anecdote you might want to tell about NaNo 2012 or any other NaNo year.
Interested? Head on over to the Write for Writeria page and fill out the form–be sure to select “Writing-NaNo 2012″ from the drop down menu.
I just submitted my book of poems for Kindle Publication. Hopefully everything goes alright and it will be available for purchase within the next twelve hours. I chose to enroll the book in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library program, so if you have Amazon Prime, you will be able to borrow the book for free throughout the first 90 days of its publication.
I’m very excited about this. I’ll be more excited when my first novel is submitted, simply because poetry does not interest as many people, and so marketing efforts will be different. However, this is still the first book I’m publishing–and self-publishing. I also designed the cover. I went with something simple:
I’m currently formatting my book of poems for publishing through Kindle. Other versions will become available after I successfully get this version up, but the formatting is taking a little longer than expected. I did finish editing the poems though, and am about…1/3 through the formatting. I’ve just learned too that the book may take as much as a day to become available for purchase. I’ll keep everyone posted here, via my blog.
As for Snowed In, there have been delays. I have more to rewrite. I also decided that I will offer this story free of charge, once it’s completed, as a PDF available on my website. I’ll provide a link when it’s ready.
Not everything is delayed though–today I began co-writing a book with a friend of mine. We’ve each committed to at least 1,000 words per day for July (and then we will see if we can continue in August or if we need a break that month). Today I wrote 1,048 words. I won’t be posting snippets for this book, but I am excited about it because it involves characters we’ve been writing and developing for years.
Developing a writing career, whether part time or full, is at the least, 70% marketing. This week I built my Facebook page. I hope, dear reader, that you will feel free to use this outlet to stay in touch with me. I’m most interested in knowing what my readers like to read, what they think of anything I post and what they might want to see on my blog.
This week I will get another step closer to publishing my first poetry anthology. I will let you in on a little secret–my true goal is to have it up and ready for public consumption within two weeks. I’ve been working on it for awhile, and there is little remaining to accomplish.
Regarding Out of the Sea, I’m still working on my edits & rewrites. By the end of this month, I’ll be 1/5 through. So I have to pick it up a little bit to make my April 30 goal, but I think it’s still very much within my grasp.
Finally, the last part of Snowed In will be posted up this Friday. Who do you think the killer is?
Edit: I apologize that this post did not get published at noon today. It was my own fault–I entered the wrong publishing time by mistake.
In a previous post, I briefly discussed the importance of a long term plan when considering writing, editing and publishing a novel. Don’t discount the value of short term goals as well. Taken one at a time, these mini deadlines are the meat of your plan for success. More flexible and more manageable, these baby steps offer two benefits.
Not only will you actually reach your long term goals, but completing little steps along the way will keep you motivated. For example, I know I want to finish editing my book by the end of April. That’s a huge task to complete in a large span of time. While I want to keep my larger goal in mind, I will create a smaller deadline: completing edits for one more chapter by next Monday, January 30.
What reasonable goal will you meet this week?
When e-readers first came on the scene in any big way a few years back, I resisted purchasing one. Why? Because I love books. I’m a self-proclaimed bibliophile to the extent that someday I know I must own a home in which the largest room shall be a library with books stacked floor to ceiling, complete with one of those ladders that rolls around the room.
When Barnes & Noble came out with the Nook though, I caved. They offered so many classics for free…and yes, I’m well aware that I could go to the library to borrow classics (and I still do use my local library on a regular basis), but there was something promising about having so many at my fingertips at one time.
I realized the e-reader’s true potential when I was traveling for work. With restrictions on baggage taken aboard airlines these days, being able to carry a veritable library in something the size of my nook was invaluable. But with time, my nook became outdated. This past month, I bought a Kindle Fire.
I won’t pretend I don’t love it. I won’t pretend I’m not hooked. Nothing is better for reading magazines online (and face it, that’s so much better for forests). I really like the convenience of having a tablet PC as well without having laid out the $$ for an iPad. In truth, I don’t read books on it much…I still prefer to read actual books. This isn’t to say I don’t use it to read books…but I must stress that it’s okay to own an e-reader and still read real, physical books.
So if you’ve felt torn lately, go ahead and get one if you can see benefits beyond just reading books…besides, if you’re planning to publish e-books, it might be nice to have an e-reader on which to read them.