Business As Usual
Well, I haven’t updated this in a bit. Â There’s a good reason too – most of my writing energy goes towards “Muse” these days. Â And that’s a lot of energy.
Business isn’t good – which means it’s business as usual for these days. Â I’m always scraping for gigs, and never coming up with quite enough. Â I had a big one on the hook too – an nice $7k job. Â Everything looked good, my contact was saying she was sure I had it… then they went with someone that the CEO or someone knew (and later I got an email from my contact that “they were already seeing that might have been a mistake”)
It’s enough to drive me crazy somedays.
But even with business being slow, life isn’t bad. Â I’ve rather enjoyed the stuff I’ve done, and the projects have all been rather cool lately. Â So that’s not bad. Â The pro-bono job I did is leading to a very non-pro bono job here in the next couple of months, and the client is recommending me to others for more gigs.
And even with money tight, I still manage to get out a bit (I usually refer to that as “sanity” in my budget), though most of that is free (Monday night, for instance, was Beer and S’mores tweetup, and Tuesday I went and collected my free tea from Zoomdweebie’s) Â So I’m not being a total shut in despite the budget woes.
Muse, Book 1, is almost done. Â It’s definitely two books long. Â And in a twist, I realized I saw an opening for more books if for some strange reason it should ever happen to be popular – and yes, it’s a nice logical reason within the plotline, not something I have to convolute to make it happen. Â
But I really think Muse is going to be two books, and that’s all – I just can’t imagine it being something ‘big’. Â It’s landscape is just too alien. Â On the other hand, I’ll get to hear some interesting comments back from it – I’ve got a very limited pool of people I let read it as I write it (three at the moment), and one of them is a professor for interpersional communications and such. Â Yes, I’ve got a PhD reading my stuff. Â She’s a friend of mine that got curious what I was writing, so I gave her a quick lowdown on what the “landscape” of the book was – and she thought that was very cool, so I finally broke down and added her to my distribution list. Â That should provide interesting feedback.
I’m also doing things a bit differently this time. Â Last time I didn’t spend a lot of effort pimping The Story of Gamer Zone. Â I wanted to do the writing, not the marketing, but it’s a necessity. Â After it’s release, I did market it for a bit, but pulled back – I wanted it re-edited, and wanted to add a little more content to answer some questions that I was being asked. Â So it’s setting at an Editor now being delt with. Â But I started marketing Muse early this time. Â I always Tweet / echo on Facebook when I’m writing. Â THis starts garnering Likes, comments, and messages in my In Box curious what I’m writing. Â I send out what I call the ‘teaser’ – it’s the very first section of the first chapter of book 1. Â That’s enough to get people watching me. Â At the same time, I cranked up my involvement in Mafia Wars – in that game, ya gotta add to your friends list to add to your Mafia. Â So I started using the pimping service to bring the number of friends on Facebook up (I’m at exactly 1,000 while I write this). Â Â
I filter the shit out of people, obviously – I couldn’t possibly keep up with 1,000 status updates. Â But part of them aren’t filtering me – so I’m slowly getting more and more response to my status updates.
Sure, it’s one – on – one marketing, but if I can get some buzz of any sort going with minimum effort, hell yeah I’ll do it. Â It will be months before “Muse” Book 1 is done with Editing, so I’ll use Book 2, then “Villain” to keep people attracted to what I’m doing until the release. Â Hey, I didn’t say it was an awesome plan, just a low-effort plan 🙂
OH, and I mentioned before that my writing speed has increased. Â Well, it’s leaped up a bit more. Â Over the weekend I wrote 65 pages in two days. Â No, that’s not “write all day”, that’s six hours one day, two hours the next.
I did the math on that. Â If I could do 45 pages a day, I could write novels in 7 – 10 days. Â Now that would be awesome. Â Of course, I can’t do that everyday – I’ve got to do things like, oh, make money. Â Would be wonderful if I could do this all day though. Â I’ve really come to enjoy the writing thing, and I’ve got enough stories to tell for a while (well, unless I really do start writing 70k – 90k novels once a week. Â Then I’d run out in a few months. 🙂