Well, it’s been awhile since posting anything. We’ve been dealing with surgeries and their aftermath, as well as the ever so fun and stressful job stuff. And, of course, I’ve been writing. Kids are back in “home” school and I’m teaching three co-op classes this semester on top of everything else.
The WIPs are moving along, as you can see by the chart. I doubt I’ll have Nicholas done in time for Christmas this year, which is a bit of a bummer – ’cause it’s a Christmas book. No matter. It’ll give me a chance to push it out properly for next season.
I’ve been at a bit of an impasse with A More Perfect Union, which has, finally, resolved itself. I kinda know where the story needs to go, and where things need to be so I can wrap them up in the final book. It’s just a matter of getting there. I feel like I’ve lost some of the fun and poetry from the first volume, so I’m hoping to recover it before the series ends.
The other thing I’ve been contemplating of late is an attempt to ignite more interest in some of my other books. I’ve come to learn that Amazon rewards authors who publish more content more frequently. While I’m cranking away on these novels, I’m starting to seriously consider serializing some of them – publishing a collection of chapters once a week for a period of weeks – to take advantage of this peculiarity of the ‘zon. Some call it gaming the algorithms. I’m not so sure it is, as much as it is recognizing the nature of the medium in which we publish. I’ve got two books I may take down and then republish in a serial form, if only because they’re being rather roundly ignored – and I think they’re worth another look – if people could find them. I suppose if it doesn’t work, I haven’t really lost anything. It’s not like they’re selling right now as it is.
In the meantime, I’ve got two other WIP’s I’ve begun working on that aren’t in the bar chart on the side. One of these doesn’t have a satisfactory title just yet. The other one is part of a series I’m going to hold on to until I have at least three in it written. Part of a different marketing strategy, you see.
I have to remember this is like a 100 mile marathon, and just keep plodding along until enough content shows up to put me over the top. I just hope I’m still young enough by the time that happens to enjoy it. Oh well. I suppose this is what I get for waiting so long to pursue my passion. God knows, I tried when I was younger. Just couldn’t seem to pull it together enough to finish anything.
I have high hopes for my son, though. He’s started several projects, but the one he’s working on now has well over three hundred pages. I hope he finishes this one. Then the real fun begins!
Okay, ’nuff for now. I’m back to writing. Later!