An Author's Journey Part 6 - The Hard Part


I don't know how long it takes all authors to write a novel. Mine are between 50,000 and 60,000 words each, with it about 250 pages in a 6 x 9 book. The longest I took to write any of my books was about four months. I don't keep a calendar with a start and end date. My goal is small right now, but difficult enough to accomplish, as you'll see from the date of the last blog entry. My goal is to write eery day. Stephen King's goal for himself, according to his Memoir on the Craft, is to write 10,000 words every day. Maybe I'll get there, but not today. He made me set a goal for myself when I read the book. The goal had to be, at minimum, to write every day; and I have. Every single day, I've written something. This is the part where I apologize to the fans of this blog. The last blog entry was eight days ago.

Those that follow me on Facebook at Pete Nunweiler: Author know I've been working on another project. Last weekend, the ideas started flowing like a waterfall into a gorge. When that happens, there's no way to stop them without losing them. I had to capture as much as I could while I was at a creative peak. Now, I'm eighty pages into my next novel called Room 23. I need to finish it before I can tell you a genre. I started it as a crime suspense thriller. Now that I've gotten as far as I have, my characters are developing with traits I didn't expect. Based on a couple parts in the book so far, it may end up being horror. I don't know, because I have three different storylines working individually that are all going to come together later in the book. Every word gets closer to that intersection of stories.

This, my friends is the hard part. I just finished The Ghost Between Us trilogy and am working like a dog to promote it and market it. Maybe not "like a dog." My Siberian Husky is sleeping at 4:00 a.m. and I'm writing a blog entry. This time period between the completion of a book and it's release date is taxing. Writing was the easy part. Now I have to ensure everything is in place, looks great on Amazon, has the right keywords to be found online and is categorized properly on all platforms. I just requested from Audible to move all three books to different categories, because I think they'll do better that where they are now. I spent six weeks writing, directing, filming and editing a movie-style trailer for the third book. Then I thought about how many people don't know about books one and two. Now I'm writing another script for a promotional video about the full trilogy.

For weeks, I promoted the books. As an author, I have charts and reports to monitor the success of a book launch. From sales to author ranks to social media followers and post engagements, I track it all. I watched my author rank climb for three straight weeks, and that doesn't include any pre-orders for Book 3. It's not officially released until five weeks from today, so I have at least five more weeks to stress over the marketing strategy, the partnerships with independent bookstores and return to daily social media posts. Since the creative waterfall last weekend, it's dropped every day. No such thing as momentum as an independent author; at least not yet.

It's now 4:21 a.m. Now that I've gotten some of the thoughts out of my head and into this blog, perhaps I can truly work like a dog, just like my Siberian Husky, and go back to sleep.

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