“Lessons From My First Year in Serial Fiction” by Adam Sherman | Tuesday Serial

Today’s reblog comes from the Tuesday Serial Collector, and has some valuable lessons on the sort of thing I am attempting with Far Flung:

“Lessons From My First Year in Serial Fiction” by Adam Sherman

Several months into 2015, I realized I had screwed up. I had begun writing my web serial, Nowhere Island University, in February. Ever since, I had been writing chapters of varying lengths and posting them one at a time on two sites at least once a week. Sometimes, I even needed to pull all-nighters to finish a chapter or side-story. To top it off, my views were minimal and the lack of comments on both versions were disturbingly low. Finally, before a family vacation, I realized that this couldn’t continue. I needed to make changes.

The first thing I’d need to do, as suggested by other authors, would be to create what is called a buffer: that is, to make a certain amount of pre-written chapters that I could upload at my leisure. That way, I could still upload content at the appointed time even if I was occupied. It also allows you to work at whatever pace you need, as long as you can keep to schedule.

However, if you’re like me, you need to build momentum in any way, shape or form. The first comment, the first view, the first post… these need to happen soon or eventually you lose interest. I posted the first two installments (I call them tracks because I am a somewhat stupid special snowflake) to the Spacebattles forum. It was the same post where I keep the table of contents. Then, I began to work on the next installment, oblivious to the fact that I’d soon be spending multiple all-nighters, even though I was not working full time. This was solved in a way easier said than done by writing more than one installment a week. Eventually, I was able to get a backlog of over ten chapters.

Read more at http://tuesdayserial.com/?p=5172

Writing: Paying with Exposure (Reblog)

Wise words about writing for “exposure” on today’s reblog.

As I write a serial and release parts for free (at least at first), I have to agree – the exposure I’m getting is a) not that much, b) ain’t going to pay the bills, c) only helping me in very small way towards being a full-time writer.

That’s why my serial isn’t the only thing I write (and why there are long gaps between parts) – I’m always working on submissions for paying publishers as well.

FREE eBook and The Year of Marketing (Help for Self-published Authors)

This reblog from Diane Tibert’s website gives a lot of useful insights into promoting self-publishing. This author hails from my home and native land, so I just had to give her a shoutout!

Diane Tibert

Lessons in Self-publishingI’ve reached many milestones in the past twenty years in my writing career, but there are still things I want to accomplish and things I need to learn.

One of the things I’m working to improve is my marketing abilities. I’ve done minor things to promote my books, but that’s not enough. In 2015, I attended farmers’ and craft markets to increase my exposure and, well, sell a few books. Obviously one-on-one sales increased; that was a no-brainer.

However, I saw an increase in online sales too. I can only assume it was due to meeting people, giving them my business card and introducing them to my books.

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Author Brian Rathbone: FREE Book : Call of the Herald

I follow Brian Rathbone on Twitter, and I just found out about this deal:

Call of the Herald – Book 1 of the Godsland Series

Free Fantasy eBook and Audiobook – Links Below

Read the entire series free with Kindle Unlimited

Books Series 1-9 Dragon Ore, Inherited Danger, Call of the Herald, Regal, Feral, Regent, The Seventh Magic, Dragonhold, The Fifth MagicCall of the Herald - Book One of the Dawning of Power Trilogy by Brian Rathbone A World of Godsland Novel

Buy the first box set for $0.99 get the premium audio trilogy for just $1.99

That’s 27 hours of epic audio!

Power is back. No one is prepared.

Catrin Volker accidentally fulfills the prophecy of the destroyer and becomes the most feared person on the planet. She and her friends must find a way to convince the world she wants only peace.

Seems like a good deal! I bought it on a whim – and I’m taking this as solid writing advice. Write lots, run special promotions like this. It gets attention!

via Author Brian Rathbone: FREE Book : Call of the Herald.

Recommended Writing Resources

A really good list of resources – I need to put together my recent finds in a list like this!

CUTHBERT’S COLD HANDS

Easily one of the most enjoyable blogs on my reading list, and this poem shows some of the eclectic brilliance found there.

- MIKE STEEDEN -

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Cuthbert was cursed with very cold hands

Even upon a hot summer’s day

His mitts could warm up an ice bucketed beer

And warm beer is undrinkable they say

As for the gals poor Cuthbert despaired

Not a lass would give him time of day

For when his hands roamed beneath a t-shirt

They always said ‘no’ not ‘OK’

Yet Cuthbert’s luck was shortly to change

When an Inuit girl caught his eye

He determined that she would be used to the cold

And if he touched her she wouldn’t cry

How cruel life can be for Cuthbert you see

Was arrested for common assault

In his keenness to ‘touch’ he quite forgot

His lack of manners was a dangerous fault

As the judge pointed out, “Cold hands or not

A lady prefers to be wooed

And just because she’s from the frozen north

Don’t you think she found cold…

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Reblog from selfpubauthors.com – Tips for Avoiding Burnout

A good look at ways to avoid burnout and what to do when it strikes:


Tips for Avoiding Burnout

I’m sure you’ve heard it said over and over again how important it is to get the next book out.  One of the most effective marketing techniques out there is to publish the next book.  Ideally, this will be a compelling story, but in order to create a compelling story, you need to be energized.  If you’re facing burnout, your work (and other areas of your life) will suffer.

A couple of quick indicators that you might be facing burnout are trouble sleeping, lack of energy/excitement, trouble focusing, headaches, increased illness (ex. you get a head cold easier),  irritability, and anxiety.  Having any of these once in a while isn’t cause for alarm.  But when you notice this is an ongoing thing, you’re probably facing burnout.

What are some causes of burnout?  Doing too much, lack of sales, lack of social support, doing work you’re not passionate about, and negative feedback.

The good news is you can take measures to avoid burnout (or, if you’re currently in the middle of it, pull yourself out).  This is something you have control over.

Here are some tips to avoid burnout.

Read more here.