Three Important Author Questions, Revisited

For professional and personal reasons, I have been very reluctant to openly state my answer to #1.

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I mentioned in a prior update that I stumbled upon three questions every creative type should be asking themselves, by way of Dan Blank. To recap, they are as follows:

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Killing the Productivity with Motivation Addiction

Whether I release 6 titles or 1, absolutely none of it is going to get done unless I get it done.

I’m always on the lookout for tips and insights into the publishing biz, or how to be a better writer, or just general items of interest. (Hey, I’ve gotta have some fun.) I don’t know how I did it, but I found Dean Wesley Smith’s web site, and by extension, his series called Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing. It’s full of great stuff! Which is both good and bad.

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Book Update: Initial Draft Finished!

The end of the book kept eluding me, but at 1:00 AM today I typed the last sentence of the initial draft of Crossed Out: An Ana Lode Thriller.

The end of the book kept eluding me, but at 1:00 AM today I typed the last sentence of the initial draft of Crossed Out: An Ana Lode Thriller. I must be maturing as a writer, because I didn’t bawl my head off when I finished.
Instead, I had a warm feeling of accomplishment. Progress!

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Crossed Out: Cover Mockup V2, Rev1

Yes? No? I’d very much appreciate any feedback anyone cares to give.

So!

After some persistent sleuthing I found the source image for the first image that ever caught my eye on Google Images, and as it happens, it’s okay to use commercially under the terms of Creative Commons 2 (or 4, depending on whom you believe). Thus, I can tell you the photo comes by way of the Republic of (South) Korea Defense Media Agency.

Here is my revised book cover mockup for Crossed Out: An Ana Lode Thriller:

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Self-Care? Never Heard of It.

I was thinking about how run-down I’ve been feeling lately, and how my habit of skipping the burning the candle at both ends thing and tossing it into a bonfire has a significant down side.

As told many, many times here, I have a fairly aggressive word count target of 10K per week, which theoretically means the initial draft of Crossed Out: An Ana Lode Thriller will be complete by November 30, assuming an 80K max word count.

I was thinking about how run-down I’ve been feeling lately, and how my habit of skipping the burning the candle at both ends thing and tossing it into a bonfire has a significant down side. On the one hand, I really want to get established with a title at Amazon, etc, on the other, at what cost?

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Learning by Doing, Redux

Sure beats doing the same thing over and over in a vacuum, and wondering why things aren’t getting any better.

I do my best to study the (self-)publishing biz 5 days a week, for at least 30 minutes per day. This includes but is not limited to: Writing advice, publishing advice, business advice, coping advice, and so forth.

I fell down the rabbit hole that is Scott Berkun’s web site, and found a page that automatically made me cringe, expecting the usual. I was pleasantly surprised to read the following, on the subject of “how to be good at anything“:

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