I read some great articles this week – well what else could I do? Stuck in bed, I couldn’t focus enough to write very much, so I read through blogs. Thomas Umstattd never ceases to amaze me! I know that I my little corner of the internet isn’t very crowded, but his suggestions always hit home with me. Logical, reliable, and reasonably within my grasp of understanding. Well, mostly. His information
certainly started me thinking about my blog and my marketing. Writing a great story is only part of the job of an author. Each one must also draw readers before the book ever hits the market.
One thing Thomas Umstattd said in his article is that over half of the books that are published lose money. There’s just something embedded in me. I hate to waste anyone’s time, and bend over backward to avoid making extra work for anyone else. And the thought of losing someone money? Well, that isn’t going to be me. That means I need to improve my blog now.
I’m hoping that my posts will tickle you and that you’ll share them on Twitter or Facebook. I also love to visit the folks who leave comments!
This weekender holds:
- Awesome articles hand-picked by me!
- Preview of next week’s blog posts.
- Review of my best from last week.
- ROW80 Update
… I’m really looking forward to reviewing a juicy mystery, but it’s going to have to wait. Since Valentine’s day is on Tuesday, I have a special post for then and my F entry for the Patty Wysong’s A2Z blog on Monday. Yeah, you’ll probably figure it out that they both start with F, so it was worth doing them at the same time. On Wednesday, I’ll post my ROW80 update and some musings about the journey. Thursday’s article will be a Writer’s Tip about Synopsis writing. Yikes! And Friday, Author Joana James visits.
I hope you’ll drop by for a visit!
… in case you missed anything, I highlighted the Clash of the Titles Amish winner on Monday and discussed the benefits of an easy button on Tuesday. On Wednesday, I posted my ROW80 update with my top ten reason to stay in bed – yes I used some of them! Thursday‘s Writer’s tip touched on the polishing techniques I’m using for my manuscript, and Friday highlighted author Lee Carver.
My weekly expectations were blown to bits with a giant sneeze. Actually, a hundred giant sneezes. but I didn’t waste all of my time. Though the writing of the new story didn’t start, I have been able to set up some in depth details about the plot line and the character arcs. I also enjoyed touring through a multitude of blog articles. I learned a lot. And I have a lot to learn. I think I get freaked out by the techno-stuff. I know enough to scare me, enough to get around but not effectively nor efficiently. I don’t know enough to make a difference or even to know what type of questions I need to ask to improve myself.
So my goals for this week have changed a little. I want to improve my blog articles and interactions on a daily basis.
My second goal – or perhaps my first priority – is to complete the entry that I plan for a coming contest. I don’t want to blow this off, though I’m tempted to. My expectations are low, but I’m still searching for suggestions for improvements.
If I can complete those two tasks in my busy week, I’ll dance right out into the street – cold or no cold!