Right! Now I have THAT out of my system, let’s move on.
This week has been an odd one. Knowing I have a rest period coming up has made me lag rather than push harder. Or maybe there have just been too many things in the way. Last week was a rough one for DSB and her fellah. 😦
Actions Last Week
Test the waters in local stores as to whether or not they will hold my humble book for sale
Yes, and I’ve learned that speaking to an Assistant Manager, followed by a Manager yields very different results. What I thought was going to be simple certainly was not and I’m a bit gutted by that. But it won’t stop me. Just means I need to change things up a bit, that’s all. Be more creative about how I get my book into stores. 😉
Make final decision on whether or not I want a book launch/party event
Yeah . . . I want one, but I can’t arrange one. Not now. There are too many other things going on and I don’t think I will do the ideas I have justice. So it can wait. It doesn’t have to be a launch event, after all. As Wayne suggested in the comments a little while back, it could be a ‘Hey, aren’t we doing well, six months down the line’ sort of shin-dig. Suits me.
Chase Dave for cover tweak if not received by Wednesday
Start reading ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ to familiarise myself with the text once more. Make general, sweeping notes.
Started. Done. I had a lot of fun writing that novel and even more fun reading it after the break. Yes, there are (many) issues and yes, it will be a tough slog to edit, but boy-oh-boy am I excited about starting!
Targets For April
Complete the draft of ‘On A Knife Point’ (45k words to go)
Yep. Boom, beh-bey!
Check next proof of ‘Silk Over Razor Blades’
Also done, we’re good to run!
Set ‘Silk Over Razor Blades’ for sale (assuming there are no issues with the new proof)
Not yet. Need to work out how to set it for pre orders. ^_^
Issue this month’s newsletter
Also done. In good time too.
Changes To My Plans
Soooooo . . . where does that leave me now? Completed tasks struck out, changes in red and additional tasks in green.
- Publish ‘Silk Over Razor Blades’ through Little Vamp Press by May 25 in digital and paperback forms
- Edit ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ to completion by end of August (including betas)
- Publish ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ through Little Vamp Press by end of November
Draft ‘On A Knife Point’ by the end of April (min 100k words)
- Issue all remaining parts from the ‘Chapters of D’nai T’keyah’ novelette for newsletter subscribers (monthly), then switch to quarterly newsletters which should leave two updates for the remainder of the year.
- Edit ‘On A Knife Point’ to completion by end of December
- Decide what I want to do with Dead or Alive in 2016
Targets for May 2015
- Complete at least half the deep edits on ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’
- Issue this month’s newsletter
- Release ‘Silk Over Razor Blades’ (SQUEEE!)
Activities For The Week
This is my week off! ^_^ DSB is LARPing from Thursday to Sunday so I won’t even have internet access after about 6pm Thursday. Guess I should just chill, right? Naah . . .
- Send three more book review/spotlight requests
- Read something . . . for fun ^_^
April has been a really, really good month. I’m so pleased with everything I’ve achieved and how the outlook for the rest of the year. It would be nice to keep up the momentum, but I’m very conscious that things can change. I mean, look at what happened to Raven. In fact, since that’s in my mind, I’ll just say that mostly, DSB was looking to get Raven’s work in stores. But there’s no reason why mine can’t be out there too. So I’ll be doing the leg work for the pair of us now.
Also, two months to edit ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ and then another month for betas to look it over (to meet the August deadline) seems a little tight, but think about it this way: Raven no longer needs to work in time to do the back and forth with her BP editor. After getting a round of comments back from the five lovely betas she’s enlisted, it really comes down to fine line editing. A skill we both need to learn. So she’s going to do that herself. But once that’s done, ‘Slippers & Chains: Second Base’ is ready to release, since she and I are both intending to publish through Little Vamp Press.
So, in truth, there are no other big jobs for DSB to take care of this month. This month is aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall about me (plus admin for Little Vamp Press and closing off The Write Feeling, but that’s by the by ^_^). So I’m confident I can get this done. My notes from my first read are pretty comprehensive, all I need to do is decide if I’m going to edit direct into Scrivener or in hard copy as I did last time.
How do you think I should do it?