Morning Pages Entry – June 23, 2014

It’s a whole new world out there for me if feels like today. I knew, that putting a book out there, finally in a published form would mean something different for me, and would give me something new to focus on, but it was still a struggle to get there. Now that it’s out there, I want so much, to have another one out there. I want there to be more books to watch, and monitor, and see how they do. It’s definitely going to be a motivating factor. I need today, to make a cover for the next book, make a few simple edits, and get it out there. I’m thinking, that forgoing any major edits, and just putting the first book out there was a good idea. I sill haven’t gotten any reviews on the book yet, which I sort of have mixed feelings about, but we’ll deal with that when it happens. As long, as the reviews aren’t that bad, then I’ll be happy. I made another sale already today, and I think it was from the UK as well. It seems that so far, I’ve sold 3 books in the UK, and only 1 in the US. That’s a little weird, given, that the US is by far the bigger market, but that’s ok. I’m also ranked around 22K in the UK and over 200K in the US. I’m not really sure how the UK rankings work, but I suppose they probably have about the same number of books over there, so that’s really a pretty good rank. Probably much too early to tell if it means anything yet, but that’s ok. The big take away from all of this, is that I’ve really got a book out there, and I’ve really made some sales, and I really, really want to put more books out there to be read. That’s really what I want. How quickly, can you get another book written and out there? That’s the real question. How quickly, can you get another novel to Emily for editing is the question. And, should you use the ending from the first one as the begging of the third book. You need to get writing again, and quickly. If this is going to take off, you do need to keep fueling it. Apart from getting the next book out there, you do need to schedule things a bit better. Take if it’s going to take Emily a month to get to your next book, then you need to talk with her sooner then later, and schedule a slot. If your looking at another month to get your book to her, then you should likely schedule a slot today. Yes definitely, look at the calendar, come up with some dates, and email Emily. That’s your priority for today, and think about new ways to start engaging your customer with your website and mailing list as well. That’s an exciting new part about this whole thing as well. You probably need to get a contact form on your site as well, so people can get in touch with you if they want to. Time to start engaging your readers … all 4 of them 😉 Well, here’s to more writing and remember why were doing all of this … for the love of the work … for the love of writing … the money is exciting and all, but it’s just the icing on the cake … do it because you love doing it. Go, write some stories, and make it fun. Fun for both you, and your reader. That’s the path to success for all of this. Keep publishing, keep writing. Streamlining the whole process is important here as well. Things are a bit haphazard at the moment, and no doubt, that’s partially because so much of this is new to me, but now that you’ve jumped through all the hoops to getting your first novel published, the rest can only get easier. You’ll be able, to focus more on getting the writing right, and less on the admin and logistical side of things. That’s what were going for here. Get good at the writing side of things, and everything else will fall into place. And, you’ll be happier, and your readers will be happier. That’s the key. Keeping everyone that comes in contact with your books happy … or at least the majority of them. You know not everyone will be, and you can let the nay sayers get you down. Just like, you never let any of the critics (both internal and external) keep you from publishing your first book, there’s no need to let anyone else stop you now. Write write write!

TIGERBLOOD: yep DAILYMOOD: happy happy happy LOCATION: home office WORDSWRITTEN: none PUSHUPS: none TODO: schedule next editing, book cover #2 TV: none BOOK: none GAME: none EXERCISE: paddle board 1.5 hours WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs & tomato LUNCH: big ass salad DINNER: chili SNACKS: orange, apple, lara bar, handful of grapes ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 11:15 AWAKE: 6:15

 

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