The Great Fiction Writing Challenge – Week 52 (Final) Results Finished the anthologies for this year. 7 more. Continued on writing the book with all the craft I learned this past year. With any luck, I'll publish it today/early tomorrow. Metrics Published Words Fiction: – free – 0 (Own Site) – paid – 368217 (D2D, Amazon), 0 (Medium) Published Words Non-Fiction: – free – 2168 – paid – 0 (Medium) Subscribers: New Instafreebie/PW: 282 Overall Total: 3890 Book sales this week: Amazon – 16, Draft2Digital – 1, Gumroad – 0 = Total Week’s Fiction Sales – 17 Books (pre-)published: J. R. Kruze Short Story Collection 02 C. C. Brower Short Story Collection 02 Ghost Hunters Anthology 04 New Voices Volume 6 Ghost Hunters Anthology 06 R. L. Saunders Satire Collection … [Read more...]
The Acid Test of Fiction Writing
For all I've researched and tested in the previous five years about writing and publishing, one challenge yet remained:
Can this be put to use, starting from scratch as a new author, and actually build an audience while writing profitable fiction?
These articles show the journey. Join me. Should be fun.
A Year of Writing & Publishing Fiction Books - 2018 This is the proof page. Titles, dates covers, right from my own Calibre database of my own fiction books. 139 books 101 short stories 36 anthologies 2 novels authors title published #words #pages C. C. Brower The Hooman Saga: Book II - Part 1 2018-01-28--06:00 26366 95 C. C. Brower When the Cities Died, I Danced 2018-01-16--06:00 6693 25 R. L. Saunders Keyboard in the Sky 2018-02-25--06:00 9513 34 C. C. Brower Snow Gift 2018-02-27--06:00 6727 22 C. C. Brower The Caretaker 2018-02-27--06:00 3760 13 J. R. Kruze The Lazurai 2018-02-25--06:00 4341 17 J. R. Kruze Death by Advertising 2018-02-24--06:00 6381 23 J. R. Kruze When the Dreamer … [Read more...]
The Great Fiction Writing Challenge – Week 51 Results One new short story this week - and it took me over four days to get through it. Dispersed with other activities (next year's challenge preps). Metrics Published Words Fiction: – free – 0 (Own Site) – paid – 5867 (D2D, Amazon), 0 (Medium) Published Words Non-Fiction: – free – 4381 – paid – 0 (Medium) Subscribers: New Instafreebie/PW: 451 Overall Total: 3593 Book sales this week: Amazon – 9, Draft2Digital – 4, Gumroad – 3 = Total Week’s Fiction Sales – 16 Books (pre-)published: Faery Blood https://calm.li/FaeryBlood 7 more anthologies in queue Aggregate Production: Total fiction books published this year: 130 (Calibre doesn't agree again.) Total short stories published as individual ebooks: 101 Total … [Read more...]
Why Good Non-Fiction Articles Read More Like Fiction Writing You're probably here to find some secret that no one else knows about - one that will give you an advantage over other writers. Or maybe just get people to read past your headlines. This isn't Click-bait, this is the opposite. I finished writing and publishing my hundredth short story this past week. In a little over fourteen months. And can tell you it's changed how I write non-fiction. Because the same people who read non-fiction also read fiction. And fiction is more popular than non-fiction because it isn't boring. I believe it was Hitchcock that said a good story is like life, but leaves out the dull parts. And if you take a similar approach to tailoring your non-fiction with those elements, you'll be in good … [Read more...]
Great Fiction Writing Challenge - Mistakes and Opportunities Along with lessons learned, there are also "things I should have done differently." While a shorter list than all the gains and benefits, it's still a list that needs compiling. Wattpad & Medium: Build a free audience. At the start, I'd dug out of Chris Fox and other's books that you want to find the avid readers who will want your books and populate your "also-boughts" on Amazon with these type readers (different from your friends and family, who have different reading habits.) The approach I should have recognized is that this is an Amazon-centric approach and doesn't mean it will work for wide publishing (everywhere else.) Sure enough, Amazon in the U.S. has mostly done away with "also-bought" recommendations in … [Read more...]
The Great Fiction Writing Challenge – Week 50 Results 100 original short stories written and published! It can be done by anyone - given enough discipline and persistence. Now digging into Content Inc. to get my content-business growing - the next challenge. Metrics Published Words Fiction: – free – 0 (Own Site) – paid – 20444 (D2D, Amazon), 0 (Medium) Published Words Non-Fiction: – free – 2973 – paid – 1817 (Medium) Subscribers: New Instafreebie/PW: 336 New Others: 0 Overall Total: 3489 Book sales this week: Amazon – 13, Draft2Digital – 2, Gumroad – 1 = Total Week’s Fiction Sales – 16 Books (pre-)published this week: Finding Grace https://calm.li/FindingGrace The Mystery of Meri https://calm.li/MysteryMeri Time Bent https://calm.li/TImeBent Aggregate … [Read more...]