Monthly Archives: March 2015

Work, and Blogging

It’s not so much that I’ve lost interest in writing about writing, it’s simply that I’m not willing to take time away from writing.
I’m in the middle section of my seventh novel, working title Veil of Time. The former trilogy Wizards is being expanded to a series, with the fourth novel in progress and a fifth one contemplated.
Writing, for me, begins with a concept; usually that’s not terribly complicated.
But it soon takes on a life of its own. One thing leads to another, which then branches out and becomes three or five. Which of the threads deserves to be nourished, which ones should I snip off quickly, which one will lead to the next book?
This book is unusually complicated. As you might guess, the plot turns on time travel. But my characters don’t have a dandy time machine with a dial, oh no. That would be far too easy. Instead, the protagonist has to work out an entire framework for understanding time travel. Which means I’ve got to do that before him, so there’s something to discover. Hint…a lot of math, simple but eventually complicated, that’s going into the description of time travel.
Then there’s the research. History is fascinating; so many people who did important things get lost, with only a few gaining mention in the history books. But I intend to feature some of the lesser characters and describe them as accurately as research will allow. That means research on top of research, necessary but also enjoyable.
Eventually I’ll have all the notes ready and I can continue writing the manuscript. The book is about a third finished, perhaps a little more than that. Projected publication date, late May or early July.
But I won’t have a lot of time to spend on this blog while that is going on.

Time

Seems like I’ve been doing this forever.
I get up each morning, check my overnight sales and record the information, keep a running tally of how much I’ve made during the month. Check the calendar, look at upcoming promotions, consult my list of promoters and consider trying a new one. Which book should I promote? Most promotions have been failures; I’ve lost money, sometimes $5, sometimes up to $20. Should I try a different one? The two I’ve found that are ‘reliable’ at generating sales are often booked up. I submit a book to be promoted, wait, perhaps put that on the schedule or get refused and start again. Promoting books, the dreary business part of writing and publishing as an Independent, takes a lot of my time and creativity.
Is it important? Yes. Promote, or perish. New books flood in every day, millions of potential readers decide to look for an ebook, and if you want them to find your needle in the publishing haystack, you’ve got to get their attention.
The bad news, it takes time, creativity, and money. The good news, if you do it right, you’ll see success.
So why is this essay about Time? I began writing fiction less than two years ago.
And I’ve been an Independent Publisher for less than a year.
Not bad for someone who turned 75 last month!
The books I’ve promoted have achieved success; only one has failed to find an audience. I liked it, but something appears to be missing.
This month I’ll be promoting the Wizards Trilogy, which needs a name change; I’ve begun working on The Veil of Time, a fourth book in the same category. I still need to do research, but I began the writing yesterday. Paranormal time travel? I don’t know if anyone has explored that idea yet. The trick is to keep the paranormal aspect under tight control while comparing/contrasting the past with present day culture. As with all my books, I’ll let the characters drive the action. They’re ordinary people with extraordinary abilities, just a little bit more than what most of us can do.
So if you’re a reader of ebooks, watch for mine. They’re not expensive now, but during the sales, they’ll drop to $0.99. The promotions will happen in the US and also, for the first time, in foreign markets.