Monday, August 12, 2019

Back to Business #writerslife


After a very busy summer, school is back in session, and I have my writing time back. Woot!

Not that I've done any writing. Very little happened in front of the computer this past season. It's put me even farther behind schedule, but it has also give me a lot of time to think.

I thought I had a pretty good handle on this writing career thing. Loose as it might be at times, I had done my research. I'm smart. But nothing is working. Why isn't it working?!

Perhaps I've been too loose. I need to be tighter with my time management and what I put my time into. I need to seriously get down to business.

First, I'm going to put time limits on what I do and stick with them. Usually when I'm on social media, time gets away from me. No more. It takes away from writing time, and as a writer, the number one thing I need to be doing is writing.


Write in the mornings and write in the afternoons. Write. (Includes revising and editing!)

I need better covers. I created a new cover for The 13th Floor Complete Collection earlier this year, and it has perked up interest in it. (Anything from zero interest is an improvement!) My next task is to make new covers for the majority of my books. Yes, I realize there are a lot of them, but it makes a difference. It will be slow going, but one by one, I can do it.

I will be fixing my social media. First, this will mean a new website. I dropped my provider and I'll be setting up on Wix. I'm working on how to keep my domain name and transfer it over. Wix is not only free, but easy to use. I use it for my pen name and love it. I may move my blog to Wix too. I like Blogger, but it would be convenient to have everything in one place. Has anyone had experience with Wix's blog? Any info would be helpful, please.

Promos do help get new eyes on your books, and I want to participate in more. Yet after years of having books for free in promos, I realize it doesn't help. It's a momentary boost in my Amazon rank, but then it goes back down after the promo is over. It doesn't nab me reviews. Readers are much more likely to leave a review if they pay for something. 99c sales are better or 50% off. That way the readers feel they're getting deals, but they're still paying.

Write. Then write some more.

That's the plan. Rule the world. You and me. Any day. I mean, uh, consolidate, strict schedule, new looks, and write.

How do you handle the business of being of a writer?

20 comments:

  1. Hi Christine - good for you ... Wix sounds interesting ... but you have the techy knowledge ... all the best as the writerly life starts again - cheers Hilary

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    1. I have a little techy knowledge. My husband helps me out a lot! :)

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  2. Free doesn't seem to work anymore.
    No experience with Wix I'm afraid.
    Kids are already back in school? But it's still summer.

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    1. The summer zoomed by, and it seems the kids go back earlier every year. Luckily my son loves school, so it's a happy time. :)

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  3. Sounds like you have a good plan. Since I have a job, I don't have a firm plan on when I write. But you are right about having one to stay productive. Glad you're going to have more time to implement yours.

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    1. Thanks, Natalie! I haven't gotten there quiet yet.

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  4. Stricter schedule vs looser structure - I struggle with this kind of thing all the time, and I still have no answers.

    I hope this new approach works for you, Christine. Good luck with everything!

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    1. Thanks, Madeline! I'm still working on it. Been messing with book covers this week so far.

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  5. Good plan and now you have time to implement all of that. Sometimes new covers do the trick.

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  6. Sounds like a plan. I need to do some of that too.

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  7. Sorry you feel so behind schedule lately! I've been the same way this year. Best of luck getting a firmer handle on your writing time!

    And good luck putting together new covers, too! I always enjoy seeing what you come up with. They'll no doubt be amazing!

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    1. As you've seen, I've been fiddling with covers this week. Hopefully we both get on schedule in the latter half of this year.

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  8. Monsieur Picard is so wise.

    I'll be interested in hearing how you like Wix. I'm sticking with my current provider for now, but I have to figure out how to get SSL certificates for my sites.

    It's always good to have a plan! It's gotten to the point where I have to put my plan physically in front of my face sometimes, but it works.

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    1. So far with Wix just for the site alone, I really like it. It's so easy to use and clean looking. I think I need to do that with my plan too!

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  9. Free probably got overused. Although, my freebie did get more downloads after I messed with keywords, so maybe you want to put that on your list of things to do to your books.

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  10. It seems even a little break from a routine can damage it, and it's so hard to get back into it. Good luck with future endeavours. Sounds like it will keep you busy for a while :)

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  11. I really want a new website. Like, a professional one. But I can't justify the expense.

    I've decided to move the books that aren't getting page reads in KU anymore to other platforms to see if that gets me wider sales.

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  12. Those sound like awesome plans! I need to do all of that. Despite having an awesomely encouraging critique group, I have been struggling to believe in my writing. When I actually write, it feels good regardless of what I am writing. But I have let the worries get me. Anyway, I guess I am trying to say I get it.
    Oh, and on the freebie versus price point, yes, charge something - I seem to have the same number of downloads for free or cost. We might as well make a few pennies for this work we love.

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