Okay guys, no more Ed Sheeran videos. He’s there and he’s filling my mind, but I figure you need a break.
Actions Last Week
~Send x2 review requests for ‘Sugar Dust’ and/or ‘The Full Story’
Sorted though I am leaning towards getting reviews for ‘Sugar Dust’. The Full Story’ will get some attention, I just need to figure out how to do it in a sensible way.
July 2015 Round Up
~Order proofs for ‘Slippers & Chains: Sugar Dust’ and be happy enough with the result to okay sales
I think I’m getting better at this! It only took two proofs to ensure I was happy with what I could see. The novel(la) is fabulous and now (*fingers crossed*) error free! Wheeeeee! See above for buy links.
~Continue to push for exposure: complete at least x2 site questionnaires / interviews
Done. Goodreads and Smashwords now have fun, interview-style thingies up for your enjoyment. Now to push out across the wider web.
~Clean up the front and back data for the rest of the ‘Meeting Each Other’ series
Yup. Now these pieces all include references to ‘Sugar Dust’ along with The Full Story’ in eBook and paperback editions. *phew!* Hard, itty-bitty work, but done.
~Regain my Goodreads access
In the end, not that difficult. Now I’m able to regularly pop in to see what’s kicking.
Change That Shit Up!
Hmm. Completed tasks struck out, changes/clarifications in red and new tasks in green.
Get ‘Slippers & Chains: Sugar Dust’ on sale as a paperback by end of July 2015
- Edit ‘Slippers & Chains: Second Base’ following comments from beta readers by the end of October (preferably by end of August).
- Draft ‘Slippers & Chains Three’ (and give it a damn title!) by end of November 2015 (during NaNoWriMo?)
- Publish ‘Slippers & Chains: Second Base’ by November 2015
Oh yeah. Haha, a publishing date for ‘Second Base’ isn’t a bad thing either! Let’s see what I can do about that going forward. ‘By November’ seems fine, but I should settle on an date so I know what to work towards.
Targets For August 2015
It’s my turn now—isn’t it, DSB? Ileandra can chill the hell out for a bit, right?—which means I can start to make some significant dents in my list for the rest of the year. Not that there’s loads to do. 😉
- Complete beta edit of ‘Slippers & Chains: Second Base’
- Format ‘Slippers & Chains: Second Base’ for paperback and ebook release
- Commission cover art for ‘Slippers & Chains: Second Base’
- Make list of who will receive ARC copies of ‘Slippers & Chains: Second Base’
Activities For This Week
- Decide how many changes need to be made to ‘Second Base’ and if the beta suggestions are better suited in this release than in ‘Slippers & Chains Three’
- Put together background data for KDP and Createspace and assign ISBNs accordingly.
Truth be told, most of this week’s goals are already done. A bit of a cheat, but after making such a fuss about my turn, the fact remains that this week needs to be about thinking. I’ve already been through my beta comments and applied them to the ‘Second Base’ Scrivener file. I did it at the beginning of the week since Ileandra had already sent ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ to betas. But . . . there was one comment that I just can’t decide on and it’s preventing me saying ‘done!’
This reader pointed out that there are a number of secondary characters whose stories appear to be unresolved. She said that this isn’t a problem as such, so long as there are more stories to follow which will knot those loose threads.
‘Slippers & Chains’ was always intended to be a four part series; this is only the half way point. I’ve introduced Karen’s parents in ‘Second Base’ and I believe a huge part of this comment relates to that introduction. However, the core of this story is the relationship between Dan and Karen and I don’t want to dilute that too much detail of the family.
We already know what Dan’s parents are like from ‘Sugar Dust’ and my original plan was to make the third story about both families rather than the core D/s dynamic between Dan and Karen since that is settled by the end of ‘Second Base’.
Ugh! *head desk*
Basically I need to think about whether or not to stick with my original plan or tie up those loose threads in ‘Second Base’ for a more satisfying reader experience. Obviously I want to draw people into the next books with juicy hooks, but I don’t want to piss them off so much that they refuse to pick up those next books because the first two pissed them off so much.
Tough line to walk.