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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


Morning Pages Entry – June 21, 2014

I did it! I really fucking did it! Yesterday, on day 200 of my morning journal, I finally published a book. It may not be a great book, and it may not be perfect, and it may be a lot of things, but the damn thing is finally published. It’s really fucking published. I banished the demons from the day before, that had me paralyzed with the thought of actually putting the book out there, and I really put the thing out there. I even setup a blog normanchristof.com for my author pen name … thanks dad, and I setup a mailing list with it using mailchimp.com. I think, setting up the blog and mailing list first, may have helped get me over the hump. But, the big fucking deal is, that now I have a book published … sure, at the moment nobody knows about it, but the damn thing is published, and that’s so fucking far beyond cool, I don’t even know where to start. I think, I’ll just start, by feeling really really good about it. There is, even an authors page setup for it as well. I explain the pen name in it, and put my own picture on it, so it’s pretty clear right from the start who I am, but it’s so god damn cool, that I’ve finally taken it this far. It’s so many little hurdles, that have now been cleared, and I feel like, I really have a platform to clear the way for me now to just do some writing. I know that it’s all just a butt load of little things, but I truly don’t care. The fact, that I’ve really got this thing setup is a huge weight off my shoulders. Just going through the admin stuff last week, where I had to call the IRS, and get an EIN number so that Amazon doesn’t tax me was a big relief. It’s so cool, that I am where I am now. I now, I should have done this ages ago, with a silly little book that doesn’t matter much, but what the hell … none of them really matter all that much. They’re all just exercises in mental masturbation anyways aren’t they? Isn’t that all they are? And, I do like the idea of having the blog, which could be another avenue for me to do some writing, kind of like the morning journal I do here. If I could write something in that everyday, that would be sort of cool. Maybe, after I do my journal writing. Sort of like a release from the writing ritual of the day. I know, I would be feeling pretty positive about things at that point everyday. It could, be like a reward, being able to blog after finishing my 5K words for the day. It could be the start of a new ritual. That would be interesting to start. I could write about the writing, or about what I learned, or what I struggled with, or just try and work things out about the story. Without of course, giving too much away about the story. But, if your going to do some writing, and you ARE going to do some serious writing in the near future, then why not leverage some of those feelings and experiences into a tool for communicating with the outside world, and readership. Let’s really do this writing thing. Think about the journal leveraging content, kind of like in the book “Your first 1000 copies” is talking about, where you leverage content from your creative experience to make contact with your readership. And, if you really like the writing, then put it out there. Put the words out there, and let others know about the creative process, and what it’s all about. Connect with your potential readers. I do have to think about this a bit more. Think, about how you write for your blog vs how you write for your morning journals. I do write for my morning journals still, and I think I still need that, but to have the blog you know could really be something different, and something way cooler, because your actually reaching out to more people when you do it. This could be something quite interesting. Just imagine a year from now, where you could be, if you kept writing for the morning journal, and your novels, and your blog … every day. Something … just something on all three platforms everyday. Something meaningful … where would you be then? Huh? Where would you be?

TIGERBLOOD: uh huh! DAILYMOOD: good and pissed all in the same day LOCATION: at the boat in Bayfield WORDSWRITTEN: none PUSHUPS: 2:15 plank TODO: go paddle boarding, write to the blog? TV: documentary on ancient Chinese invenetions BOOK: Your First 1000 Copies GAME: 2048 EXERCISE: none WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs & tomato LUNCH: big ass salad DINNER: pork tenderloin, brussel sprouts SNACKS: grapes ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 1:45 AWAKE: 7:30