We decided to go out to dinner tonight, but got home by 7pm. I dropped right into my chair and got busy.
Now I Knew You: 1,640 words. Running total: 2,980 words.
Camp Dogs: Fast edited 4 scenes, up to 39 of 93. Very happy with Act 2A!
Scorpion Summer: Plotted the opening scene and one interval scene. Again, this is done during my lunch or as inspiration hits me at work. That’s the benefit of a slow-moving desk job.
Gina and I discussed a newsletter serial novel. Well, more like a season of TV like episodes. It’ll be middle-grade and slightly silly. We’re thinking about 500 words per weekly episode, alternating between Gina’s girl character and my boy character. I’d like to post it along with the school year. If we start writing now, we’ll be two months ahead. More on that later!
I also read this article today from Forbes. It’s an in-depth discussion of the impact of indies on the economy. And it’s not just writers. Game developers, artists, fashion designers–indies are everywhere. And they’re having an impact.
I’ve said it before–the independent artist or skilled worker is nothing new. We’ve become so conditioned that we must sell our skills and talent to a large corporation that the mere mention of going independent is met with looks of pity. As if we can’t get a real job. Or publish with a real publisher. Let me tell you, there are some indies who try to jump into sales too soon, before their product is ready. The key is to surround yourself with like-minded entrepreneurs who will hold you accountable to a high-standard. Maybe even higher than a publisher would, because you know that one bad book can end your career. A publisher might take that risk, because they have a stable of writers and millions more waiting for their shot.
A successful indy writer has taken his or her lumps. We’ve learned our craft and continue to improve. We ask the opinion of our partners, paid editors, and beta readers. Personally, I have more confidence in that than an overworked editor’s assistant who’s read fifty opening paragraphs before her first coffee break.
But that doesn’t mean this work is easier. If anything, it’s harder. We don’t have the comfortable barrier of professional gatekeepers who won’t allow a bad manuscript to get on the shelf (although they still do, and often).
Take a look at the article. It’s eye-opening.
Okay, my friends, it’s time for a little bedtime reading. Catch you tomorrow.