Sunday Summary 26-10-2014

It is with a heavy heart that I have to admit the week is over. I have been off work all week and have had the best of times. I didn’t check work stuff at all, didn’t even think about the place. It was awesome.

I had a busy week. My wife was in London with a friend of ours for a few days, so it was just me and the kids. We caused some trouble and had  a good time doing it.

We also took the kids to the zoo and to a small theme park, which they all loved. We had won some tickets to both places, which was fantastic because it meant we could have a family day out without breaking the bank.,

One the writing front, I found my mojo again. hold on, let me say that on more time.

I found my mojo again!!!

Thursday was the first day I really had the chance to sit down and write properly, and I churned out 2,000 words. More than I had writen in the two months previously. Then on Friday I sat down and churned out 2,500 words. Another 750 followed in a single Saturday sprint, and I am feeling good. My current novel is around 33,000 words and closing in on the expect 50,000 length.

I even managed to sell a couple of books. I am being literal here. I sold two, but it was better than had been going before, and hopefully this week I can put together a consistent promotion run.

It was a great week for me. Despite work rearing its ugly head again, I intend to make this one a great week too. How did you do last week? What are your goals, for the coming seven days?

Love an Author Leave a Review

support-author

I know that this is a drum much beaten, but there really is no better way of showing your support for an author than by leaving a review.

ReviewAs the indie writing culture continues to develop, and strengthen its place in the writing structure (and in the term Indie I include self published writers, for the sake of not having to write it individually every time), the importance of effective advertising is becoming even more evident.

A lot of writers, myself included, do not have a big budget to operate on. Personally speaking, I don’t even have the disposable income to run a $5 Facebook promotion without seriously having to rebudget the family groceries for the week ahead.

Using Facebook groups and blogs is good. Social Media is a growing beast and has a reach that offers more than enough potential readers to justify the free postings and link shouts. But, it does get boring after a while.

It gets boring for the author, as all the time spent link dropping for those one of two sales, is time taken away from writing. It This is books scramble. Many books to scatter under sky.also gets boring for the readers and those using social media. Your homepages / timelines, etc. get filled with adverts and after a while you become numb to them. Trust me, as a writer the last thing we want is for you to stop paying our adverts any attention.

So what can we do? What other options are there once we cut down on our link jamming sessions and cannot afford a PR to do the work for us? Well, that is where you come in. Yes, you, and you there, I see you reading on your iphone. You can all help your favourite authors (obviosuly that’s me) by leaving a review, not just on Amazon, but goodreads, and your blog (should you have one). Tell your friends, tell that weird looking old man on the bus. If you like something, review it and pass on the knowledge.

Word of mouth and good reviews are the most effective way of marketing a book. It doens’t cost a thing, it takes next to no time and will make a writer’s day.

It’s Monday – The World is There for the Taking

For many people Monday morning is a day they dread. It is the start of the working week and the start of another five days of drudgery. But here is something we all need to realize. That is not Monday’s fault. It is our own. For allowing out lives to head down a path we do not want to be on. For allowing others to dictate to us what we can and cannot do; what is acceptable and what is not.

We hate Monday because it reminds of everything we are, and how far away that is from where we want to be.

Live LifeYou are in charge of your own destiny. We can dictate the direction our lives are heading and change course whenever we wish.

Don’t sit there and blame the day, or the month or anything else. It you want to change where you are, you need to change what you are doing. It is as simple as that. So what is stopping you? Fear, uncertainty? I know all of those feelings, and understand how daunting it can be. Just remember

Change Does Not Happy Overnight

Making changes for the better is not something you need to, or should ever do, in one big hit. You make changes one step at a time. Slowly build up toward where you want to be. Take each day as a new chance to further yourself, to get back on the right path. Before you know it you will be the person you want to be. You will wake up and embrace Monday like a friend because it means you are here, you are alive and you are ready to conquer the world on your terms.

I am not saying it will be an easy road, and I am not suggesting that there will not be times when you fall back, when you lose track of where you want to be. That is part of life.

Fail

To succeed, you first need to know failure.

Stand up straight, look life in the eyes and write your own desitiny, because nobody is going to do it for you!