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Branding & the Rounds to Come

2017 #ROW80 Round 1: Check-In #21| 10 Minute Novelist: Update #11

During the last week, I have seen several authors in my genre asking for tips and tricks about marketing, branding, and website design. As I mentioned before, I come from a design and business administration background. Therefore, not getting caught in all the bells and whistles is hard.

On my last update, I mentioned my secondary pen name–Leigh Hunter–and my plans for the near future. All of them are part of the brand I’m trying to establish. It might sound counterproductive since I should be using all my time to write more stories, but I can have the best book ever and without a way to get it out to people it would fail.

I’m not doing anything drastic or changing more than I could fix on my own, but during the time off from #Row80, I’d be working on fixing my websites (yes, I have more than one, or two) and consolidating my social media outlets. At the same time, I’d be plotting and outlining my CampNaNo novel and finishing the last of my book reviews (I’m taking a hiatus until Fall).

One thing that would change for the next round would be the website in which I post this updates. I realized that mostly everything I talk about on Wednesdays & Sundays is gear toward other authors and not readers. And with that in mind, I’d be moving my future updates to one of my other websites, Hunter Hues.

See you all next Wednesday to check which goals I accomplished during the last eighty days.

Accomplishments for week #11:

  • Read: 5 books
  • Reviewed: 7 book
  • Written: Weekly update for A Demon’s Duty to the Devil’s Son & Blinds
  • Planned: Read reference guide
  • Edited: NA
  • Promo: NA
  • Extras: many emails, posts, and many other words

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Outlines and New Stories

2017 #ROW80 Round 1: Check-In #17 | 10 Minute Novelist: Update #9

Knowing the next story I want to write doesn’t mean it’s easy to start writing it. Getting start it has always been the most difficult part for me. Perhaps because I have to gather my ideas in a way that makes sense before I can start working on a basic outline. Sometimes I only have one or two characters I want to work on and it takes some time to find a plot that fits or vice-versa.

One thing I do between stories is to read about the craft of writing. Anything from articles, to books, and anything in-between. I still don’t have a favorite way to outline or set up a story. My process changes depending on what I’m working on and if I have a deadline. This time around I found some articles worth sharing. I might give them a try and see if they make a difference. The links are below in case you’re looking for a new way to start your stories.

Sketch a Novel in an Hour – http://www.yorkwriters.com/2009/02/sketch-novel-in-hour-exercise.html?m=1

Outline Your Novel in Thirty Minutes – http://www.aliciarasley.com/artout.htm

Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions – http://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/fantasy-worldbuilding-questions/

How to Write a Book in 3 Days – http://robynpaterson.com/?p=886

How to Write: Short Stories – https://www.dystopianstories.com/how-to-write-short-stories/

Lester Dent’s Master Pulp Story Formula Checklist – http://robynpaterson.com/?p=4083


Accomplishments for week #9:

  • Read: 4 books
  • Reviewed: 4 book
  • Written: Weekly update for A Demon’s Duty to the Devil’s Son & Tattoo
  • Planned: Outlining research
  • Edited: Five chapters
  • Promo: posts for sales
  • Extras: many emails, posts, and many other words

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A Little Quickie

2017 #ROW80 Round 1: Check-In #12 | 10 Minute Novelist: Update #6

Short and sweet today since nothing has changed, much. Still working on the blog tour and everything else still on hold–with the exception of my book reviews. Even so, I’m reading a lot less.

The book comes out on the 15th and I have to send the last guest post on the 16th after that, I should be able to slow down for a couple of days. And then, back to the saddle and the stories left behind.

Accomplishments for week #5:

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Another Week Gone

2017 #ROW80 Round 1: Check-In #10 | 10 Minute Novelist: Update #5

I don’t know where time’s going but these last couple of weeks had flown by. My book tour for Dating in Retrospect starts this Thursday and I’m still writing guest posts. Everything writing related had taken a backseat. Not because of the promo, but because I can’t find the right place to start. I had been having this problem since September ’16. There’s so much I want to do that I can’t zero out on one or two things.

I have a couple of books to read and review this week, plus the posts. Hopefully, by the time the tour starts, I’d have enough focus left to work on some new words. I just need to find the will to sit down and write. My routine is starting to make sense and everything is moving forward. I simply need to get with the script.

Accomplishments for week #5:

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Wrapping Up

2017 #ROW80 Round 1: Check-In #8 | 10 Minute Novelist: Update #4

The month is almost over and I have accomplished a lot, but not what I have expected. I was hoping to be, at least, halfway through my projects. As of today, I’m just wrapping up the planning part.

I have done a lot of promo work and are now a little over two weeks before release day. The thing is, I don’t have anything scheduled to come after it. I have a short story I want to work on, plus my other two projects. I have no idea when I’m going to start any of this, but for now, I’m happy with where I am.

The next week is going to be hard and fill with a lot of loose ends, but after that is just writing work

Accomplishments for week #4:

  • Read: 2 books
  • Reviewed: 1 book
  • Written: Weekly update for A Demon’s Duty to the Devil’s Son & Trucking
  • Planned: NA
  • Edited: NA
  • Promo: Lots of it
  • Extras: many emails, posts, and many other words; another 5K+ words

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