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Thursday, 1 May 2014

April, Month of Action

Last month was mostly spent in post-launch engagement. Much work on promotion and marketing to get Joinings:A Seared Sky out there to the reading public. How successful that’s been only time will tell. Reviews have started coming in, all 5 star so far, but they’re coming in slowly due to the length of the book: it takes time to read nearly 700 pages! By the way, if you’ve bought and read the book, please do stick a short review on any of the sites you use – Amazon, Goodreads, your blog, social networks, etc. Reviews are what most get books noticed, apart from word of mouth, and you’ll have told your friends, of course.

Had a week away with my wife, exploring the rural delights of Suffolk, a necessary rest after all the work put in pre-launch.

Editing the final volume of the trilogy, of course. Got another 11 chapters of that done. I’ll have that finished this month and can then get on with the science fiction novelette that’s nagging me to get started. Done some extensive research for that along the way.

I entered one of those ‘write a story in 24 hours’ contests on the WritersWeekly site, an interesting experience. Looking forward to learning how my entry fares.

I’ve written, edited and posted 19 posts on here and as a guest on other blogs, which, of course, entails interacting with comments raised. Joined and participated in a number of groups on Goodreads, LinkedIn and Facebook. Read 4 books and reviewed 3 (the other one wasn’t worth the effort, to be honest). Read 3 writing mags and submitted a short piece to one of them.

So, all told, not a bad month. Let’s see what May brings (apart from my birthday, next week, of course!)

The chart, explained:
Writing - initial creation of stories, blog posts, reviews and longer works.
Editing - polishing of all written work to make it suitable for readers.
Research - discovery of info for story content, market research, contests and blog posts.
Reading - books and writing magazines.
Networking - emails, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and comments.
Admin - story submission, blog posting, marketing, organisation, tax, and general admin tasks.
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