The Great Fiction Writing Challenge – Week 26 Results
One of my fiction books hit a giveaway feature. And always trying new things…
Published Words Fiction:
– free – 0
– paid – 25623
Published Words Non-Fiction:
– free –
– paid – 0
Book sales this week:
Amazon – 4, Draft2Digital – 3, Gumroad – 0 = Total Week’s sales – 7
Pre-order sales – 0
Books published this week:
This has been probably the latest I’ve gotten this report out. Because I used yesterday to do a full analysis of my 66 completed giveaways.
The results narrowed in on two genres – Clean Romance and Cozy Mysteries. It also refined some ideas about how to organize one, which in turn affects how long I have to schedule them in advance.
That analysis is available at: https://livesensical.com/analysis-notes-instafreebie-giveaways-list-building/ (I shared that spreadsheet with my Instagreebie Authors List, but won’t make it public for obvious reasons.)
And… I don’t need to repeat that again here. One point – I started two test giveaways for this, which are private until I’ve given my Authors list the first “dibs” on putting their books up. After that, and when I get 10 authors, I’ll get Instafreebie online for promotion, opening it up to public authors. These two giveaways are limited to 40 books, and so the reason to give my IF authors first choice.
Hit a bug this week when I was too physically tired to do much of anything inspired (having offloaded hay last week.) Sure, I’ve heard all the stuff about a writer writes on a schedule. But I am also in the middle of a lot of heat here, which is physically draining. And the other core data is that you don’t write what you don’t like. The story was going along, but it wasn’t going well. So I shifted into edit mode to get another book out – Two Ghost’s Salvation, Book One (which didn’t get done the week before.)
The breakthrough was in finding that I don’t have to write a whole world in one story. I can create a lot of stories about a world and present them as a collection.
So I’ll be back to writing originals right after this. Plus, I got my Lulu proofs back, which pointed out one of the books has the wrong data in it. (Sigh.) So some minor editing to do as well (and re-proof that book.)
That brings up the point of incorporating proofing into this scene.
I now use Instapaper to save the key documents I use for my satire writings. And a lot of these have stories all on their own. An outlet for the dystopian nonsense that is circulating as “news” these days.
One of my books hit an IF feature, which gave me 200 subscribers in a single day. Still watching this run. It’s featured on their front page or the week. We’ll see.
IF and Everything Else
I’m working to get IF off my radar so much. I’ve got some 12 giveaways in the loop right now, two ongoing. Mainly, just have to get these onto their own schedule.
Main reason is to get my audience built up with Wattpad and Medium. And somehow get into podcast/radio interviews.
Plan for this week is to then just write three stories and edit that necessary book. They don’t have to be long, but have to be written. Three stories will then take me into a good pre-order state on Amazon and everywhere else. As long as I have 2500 words to publish each week, plus a cover and description, we’re good. Right now I’m still about 4 weeks ahead, and the idea is to get three months ahead with a new book coming out each week. Then I’ll wait on Amazon, but put the other books out through everywhere else right up to the end of the year.
No, no one else does this. But that’s the test of “How to Quit Feeding the Beast.” A month of three stories a week gives me around three months of pre-orders. Add in the collections as well. So two months of this production will fill up the rest of this year and into the next.
As I’m so late this week, I’m dropping my Nightingale essays as posts for another week.
“Man plans, and God laughs.”
Having this done will then make it possible to start working on next year’s plans, which takes me back into PD publishing and Ag-related content marketing along with maintaining fiction output.
IF Giveaways Update
With this analysis, I see it’s not necessary to preschedule giveaways so far into the future. That said, I already have several which overlap. I still enter every giveaway I can, which usually has me promoting 30-some giveaways every week. Spreads my list thin.
I need to concentrate on conversions, which is Medium and Wattpad work, as well as making a “dollar-special” puzzle so people can learn how to find a lot of great reading material. Just have to get back to it.
To Do This Week:
1. Three stories written and published on pre-order.
2. Books proofed, edited as needful, and updated/sent for new proofs.
3. IF into maintenence mode. Update 3x daily, and check new submissions as I go (the tough part, as I then have to go back to delist books that are non-compliant.) Skipping any more IF “blurbs” at this point, since it’s a faulty implementation. No more new giveaways organized as I just need to get my tests completed.
4. See if I can get Medium pre-scheduled, and Wattpad onto a pre-schedule as well. I have the content for each of these, but having to manually enter stories each week means they get interrupted.
And that is more than enough for the short week I have left.
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