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Nanowrimo is coming up! And I’m deciding not to do it this year… I started early, instead. I’m trying to use my November focus to set a goal of finishing my second book in the Hidden Rings of Myrddin the Cambion series and I’m already half done as of last night. I’d also like to complete a detailed outline of Wolves of the Tesseract 3 before December so I can be plugging away at that book. I’ve got lots of time off between Nov/Dec so I expect things to go pretty well for my goals.
In other news, I’m working on a few other authory things as well. I have my biggest comiccon (in my homestate) of the year and expect to hit a new high-sales record for the third time this year, and I’m about to pay for my booth at the third largest convention in the US… I really don’t like traveling… but I do love selling books!
I know this used to post a weekly article for all you ravenous Indies… I’m still stockpiling data to write posts about, but I’m trying to complete so many WIPs at the moment that my blogging is taking a back seat… I did, however, participate in an online conversation about cover design in my writer’s circle and someone brought up this topic and shared a video I wanted to pass along.
Hopefully I will break some of this down in the future with a detailed article. In the meanwhile, this video might give you much to think about as you design covers. Heck, you might consider redesigning your own titles. I know I relaunched with new covers at the beginning of the year while subconsciously doing some of what this video talks about (finding the common thread in like promo materials) and my sales doubled.
If you aren’t happy with your sales, even if you feel like your pitching at events/artist tables is solid, check the copywriting and the cover. Start with the cover, and then the writing. I bet sales improve with a pro-cover (even something picked up at Fiverr… it’s where I got all my new covers.)
Very busy in my non-writing life, which is pretty normal for me, but I’ve been working on some things that have kept me from writing as much as I’d like. I’m throwing a little more attention at it now, leading up to November’s nanowrimo. I’m planning to complete The Gunslinger of Distaslias (book 2 of my Hidden Rings series) as my Nano entry. It’s pretty well outlined, along with the rest of the series which I hope to complete next year, but I need to get this one out of the way to stay on track for my writing timeline. I’m due to complete Wolves of the Tesseract 3 by the end of Feb.
Sidenote, I have two books scheduled to drop in November: my comedy and a thoughtful/nerdy devo book for my faith-based audience. I’ll post info about both over these next couple weeks, and promise to get a new info-blog up about some writing and marketing advice!