G’day, eh. Welcome to my blog. Never having blogged, this should be interesting. Update on Surveyor (for those that know about it), the back cover and spine are being completed, and I expect to have it up on Amazon by the end of the weekend. Still having some issues with the Kindle version, but hope to have that resolved soon.
Cute photo below. I think it reflects the second book, Trekker.
As I learned with the Simple Shower, it’s not good enough to have a great idea – you have to get it in front of people, show them how great it is, and then convince them that the either need or want it. So, how does an author do that? First, start by looking at what others have done. Of course, this always costs money, but what the hey, it’s only money.
BTW, for those that have never published a book, that can add up to quite a bit. Artwork can cost upwards of $1,000 (and heaven forfend if you have to make any changes!) A good editor also costs bucks (once again, your price could equal or exceed $1,000). There’s also a cost involved if you decide to make up paperback copies to disseminate to beta readers (with the attendant postage – there and back, as you want their comments). Yep, self-publishing ain’t cheap.
So, once you’re done, how do you get readers interested? A good blurb (back of the book), e-mails, connecting with reporters, advertising, etc. But from all I’ve learned, the best way is word of mouth (especially if the word is another author with a large following).
Anyhow, if you enjoyed Surveyor, please tell your friends and write a review on Amazon. In the meantime, back to Trekker.
One thing I’ve discovered about writing is the need to keep the reader engaged – in other words, lots of action and adventure. Writing about a journey across half the planet involves lots of action and adventure – but the really hard part is writing about the mundane – the every day stuff that happens. Therein lies the challenge.
Finally, I’m back to writing, and just passed 50,000 words in Trekker. I’m hoping to take advantage of the three day weekend to knock out several thousand words.
So, those of you suffering Surveyor Withdrawal Syndrome (I hear it’s a real thing) can breathe easy, knowing that within a few short months, Book 2 in the Corps of Discovery Series will be wrapping up.
Gadzooks! It’s been over two weeks since my last post. My apologies. Teaching and business have kind of overtaken things for the past couple of weeks, but I’m on track to spend more time writing this weekend (almost to 50K words).
So, what the heck have I been doing besides grading? Well, yesterday I gave a presentation at CannaCon, the world’s largest Cannabis Conference. I find this amusing, since I’ve never smoked/ingested/consumed pot (probably one of the few people at the conference that hasn’t). My talk was on fraud (being the fraud investigator that I am), and apparently drew the largest crowd for the conference’s first session of talks (10 AM on the first of at three day conference). I think there were four talks going on at the same time.
The other timesink has been getting the new packaging ready for the Simple Shower (you can read about the Simple Shower in Surveyor – yes, that’s an intentional shameless self plug). There’s a drought in Cape Town, South Africa, that is creating interest in the Simple Shower, so I’ve been busy with that.
Enough chit chat, on to grading, I mean, on to writing (after my workout).
Well, the going is slow right now. I feel like I’m slogging through things. Of course, the fact that it’s January and I’ve got to get all the business stuff in line (ugh – taxes – at least I’m done with those forms), and the crisis in Cape Town, South Africa seems to be generating a fair amount of interest in the Simple Shower (my invention – buy one on Amazon or at http://www.simple-shower.com). In case you haven’t heard, the government shut off the water supply because the reservoirs are practically bone dry and have water distribution sites where people get 25-50 liters of water per day (that’s the equivalent of 6.5-13 gallons a day). Not a lot. Luckily, the Simple Shower (btw, featured in Surveyor) can get one clean with as little as 4 liters (well, some people need less, I use three, the final liter being the “aaaahhhhh” liter).
I suspect I’ll get little writing done this week, but we’ll see. I managed to knock out another thousand or so words today (despite having been working since 6:30 AM and it’s now after 9:30 PM). Almost up to 48K words. With any luck I’ll be over 50K by next weekend (keep your fingers crossed).
Well, Trekker is now officially a novel (well, a novel in minimum length that is). A novel is typically between 40,000 and 80,000 words, and I just passed 46,000 words. As a frame of reference, Surveyor is a bit over 102,000 words. I’m not sure if Trekker will be as long as Surveyor, but we’ll see.
Today’s fun (and the fun over the last several days) was writing a particularly challenging scene (not even a chapter, just a scene), but I think it’s pretty awesome.
CPE – Continuing Professional Education. Many licensed or certified professions require a certain amount of CPE every years. Physician’s typically require about 50 hours of CME (Continuing Medical Education) a year, while CPAs might require 25. As a CFE, Certified Fraud Examiner, I’m required to earn 20 hours. Hmm, CFE CPE. Quite cute. Anyhow, I digress. It would be awesome to go to one of the many “training seminars” that take place around the US or Bahamas to earn my CPE, but it’s not possible (no PI cruises to Alaska or off the coast of Maine for me). Instead, I get to drive for an hour-and-a-half , almost to Olympia, where I get to sit in a hard chair for 7-8 hours, then spend another one-and-a-half hours driving home (in the dark and rain – it was a stormy night….).
Today’s conference was quite good (as always, I learned some new, useful things to fight fraud), but after being gone for 12 hours, I just don’t have the energy to write tonight. Tomorrow, tomorrow (sing that in the Annie movie tone).