The Great Fiction Writing Challenge – Week 21 Results
Still regular. People coming in and leaving, overall improving trends on subscribers. Some breakthroughs this week…
Published Words Fiction:
– free – 0
– paid – 18055
Published Words Non-Fiction:
– free – 4124
– paid – 1657
Mailerlite: 154, MailChimp: 1, Total – 155
Instafreebie – 142
— Start: 1365
– New Total: 1499
– Net: 134 added
Book sales this week
Amazon – 0, PublishDrive – 0, StreetLib – 0, Draft2Digital – 0 , Lulu – 0 = Total Week’s sales – 0
Books published this week:
Mind Timing: https://calm.li/2LF8A4q
Didn’t make my two books published this week. Started on Saturday, Finished raw book last night, edited and published today. So it won’t be available for a few days. Meaning that the bloom is off the rose when I send out a mailing to my MWJP list on Monday and they can’t get it.
Meaning, I need to move this writing earlier in the week and making it the priority it should be. Also, I found that I really like fiction writing. As much or more than researching – since it is all building something to share. As an outlet, it allows me to say things via my characters, or let them co-write it with me.
This week was one of those, another R. L. Saunders stories, which is my first co-authored book, as he is borrowing the universe of C. C. Brower in order to tell his story. A romantic time travel, where a woman from a later century is sent before her past in order to make changes in our present. Meanwhile, she falls in love with her recruiter. So this is SF, Romance, Contemporary. Fun. And that co-authoring is my first effort to cross-connect these universes.
Also didn’t get my Wattpad and Medium articles pushed out. By writing and publishing my fiction earlier in the week (now increasing my output to three stories as a goal) then Fridays should be free to post to these two. Leaving Sat/Sun for publishing or the non-fiction research and writing I need to do.
Spent some time on the GDPR material this week, as it’s raising some dust on Instafreebie. But practically, it’s not a big deal, except for the leechers who won’t get away with some of the silliness they’ve been able to before this time.
Of all things, somehow I’m not only in 24 giveaways this week, but have 4 of my own running. Two will complete tomorrow, but the two remaining are running for a month each. All fascinating stuff. Like publishing, the more you do of anything the simpler it gets. Instafreebie is pretty simple, actually. Just a few steps to keep up on daily.
With these giveways completing, I should soon be able to re-apply for verified status. But will probably wait until next month, so I can choose the top three of the five. Long game. Keep focused. The great advantage of that is not having to worry about the Leechers, as their opt-ins can be made optional. The other point is that shorter giveaways that are not being promoted by Instafreebie can be made mandatory opt-in if I want a piece of everyone’s action.
Sales Funnels – Nonfiction is pretty simple, but I haven’t written this out yet.
A – articles,
B – books,
C – Courses.
That’s the simple alphabet of it. Write content into valuable articles, compile those into books, convert those into courses.
Fiction is also simple: it’s your backlist.
This immediately lays out my action plan for both areas.
1. I plan to wind up with over a hundred fiction books published this year.
2. I plan to take most of my non-fiction books and convert them into courses, with sales and landing pages for each. And future non-fiction books will be worked up along this line.
I have a book I want to write starting next year, which has 52 weeks of farming/gardening in it, all tailored for the seasons. It will be a podcast that is then worked up in to a major course, but also having smaller courses as part of the overall training lineup. The podcast will be edited into modules, and also set to re-schedule during the next year as evergreen, where they will promote the books and courses. Simple leverage.
That’s how you can tell if something is workable – it immediately results in steps you can take to test it.
Joy – you have to really like what you are doing. Most people miss this as they are working so hard just to understand the mechanics of what they are doing. If they don’t like it, they won’t stick with it. And so I found I really like fiction writing. I’ve gotten over the hump of having to learn all the basics, and now can build on that (still studying, BTW) to crank out books. Setting out to write three books a week should set that in as a habit or cure me of my addiction. Either/or.
Turning freebie-seekers into buying customers and into raving fans. Studied this up a bit. Best is starting with buyers, but Amazon and the rest won’t give you email addresses. Next best is giveaways through a shopping platform, where you have links to your site landing page and opt-in to your list.
Third-best is giving away books.
My idea is to create a puzzle where they have to get copies of my (free) books that will have a piece of that puzzle in them. There are five steps to finding lots of books to read. I have five pen names (four fiction, plus my non-fiction) Collect the set and you’ll have discount coupons to buy that piece of the puzzle for only a buck. Or you can buy the book that has all five parts in it for only 5 bucks (maybe $6.)
It will take some work, and is essentially writing (and probably recording – for added value) a non-fiction book that will help Avid Readers. But this is a step in the right direction. And can be itself made into an auto-responder series to groove in new subscribers.
To Do This Week:
1. 3 books published. Start writing on Tues. Publish and pre-schedule as many as possible.
2. Newsletters out to all my lists (tomorrow.)
3. Post Wattpad and Medium serials.
4. Begin work on my conversion puzzle.
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