The Great Fiction Writing Challenge – Week 40 Results
Most books published in a single week. New ways to get fiction out there – and ways to tell people about it. You can, too…
Published Words Fiction:
– free – 8438 (Own Site)
– paid – 58852
Published Words Non-Fiction:
– free – 27740
– paid – 1704 (Medium)
Book sales this week:
Amazon – 2, Draft2Digital – 2, Gumroad – 0 = Total Week’s sales – 2
Books (pre-)published this week:
Case of the Naughty Nightmare
On Love’s Edge
The Integrity Implosions
The Chardonnay Conspiracy
The Emperor’s Scribe
Return to Earth
Peace: The Forever War
Mr. Ben’s Rail Road
A Nervous Butt
Max Says No
A Goddess Visits
A Goddess Returns
(14 – whew!)
All caught up!
Total fiction books published: 98
Total short stories published as individual ebooks: 78
Total anthologies published: 19 (+ 2 full books)
Countdown to 100: 22 in 12 weeks
Subscribers continue to drop, but I’ve nearly quit my vacation from IF/PW with a new workup.
Key point will be running mostly my own giveaways as the profits are higher. But these aren’t starting for awhile, so I should get back into the game. But only those who are running for a whole month. (Simpler admin.) Again, it’s not the total subscribers – it’s how to get them into buying fans.
This week’s sales show that.
A work-around I’ve been working on is to start pushing my new releases out to those who came in through those books, through those genres.
Because I have new releases coming out every week, and that’s going to continue next year as well. Start sending these notices out regularly to fiction readers. Later, this will build into the other lists as well (non-fiction.)
Essentially, working up a nice little organization here that will start converting people.
Recently, I set up an ARC (Advance Readers Club.) Last week, I set up a list where you get notified of new releases (meaning this week was piled-higher-and-deeper – PHD’d.) That’s on an RSS feed into email, so no biggy for me. Once a week. This week, I created another one for free short stories.
Yea, that’s a big one.
Because I also worked out that I’m best to start firing my short stories out through my own site and then putting these out through Medium and Wattpad. Since I’m at some 78 short stories right now – and I’m limiting these to 2K or less words, so most of them will run in three parts (only those close to 2.5K would make it.) And as I’ll be writing 100 total, and doing one per week every week after this – I’ll actually never catch up. Nice job security. Just keep at it. What I like doing.
And since I’m paying for basically unlimited bandwidth, this can keep building to infinity – just as long as I can keep writing.
4 Best Decisions to Make
I found this little nugget (well, it was sent to me) from the SiteBuildIt! folks. ()
They rounded up 53 Experts and asked them for their best advice nuggets. Then these smart people boiled them all down. The funny thing is that reading these nuggets actually make very similar points – even without reading their summary. (See Content Inc. – again.)
Anyway, they boiled it down to just these four:
- Focus and go niche.
- Create outstanding content that OVERdelivers.
- Build relationships and network.
- Launch early. Done is better than perfect.
Has everything to do with building a content-based business.
Just had to lay this out somewhere – wasn’t worth a full post, but it builds up to something nice.
Shift in Priorities
If I can get these short stories out and done, I can shift over onto working up this next challenge – which is just where we are heading anyway.
22 left – might be able to do that in 7 or 8 weeks. Leaves me a month to get the next one ready. 4 a week would be 6 weeks – see where this is heading.
Simply flat out writing and publishing.
All to do something hardly anyone does anymore – a hundred stories published in a year. Plus the anthologies.
Streamline to writing, publishing broad, IF/PW, working up the immediate conversion tactics and also catch up on the recent webinars and back end data I have to implement Content Inc. in a real way.
Books first, publishing broad second, rest is for the Content Inc. figureout. (You saw this starting with the three non-fiction posts this week.)
A Dip in Free Output – Not Good (but Great)
Now, there was a dip in getting free content out to audience build – the very thing I said I should have started right off.
If you look at my posts, there was one that said how to use the pulp fiction formula and succeed. (https://livesensical.com/cracking-6-figure-book-sales-publishing-starting-nothing/) He said he took about three months to study the pulp fiction guys from the 30’s to 50’s. And so I took the leap this week with a book, “Secret’s of the World’s Best-Selling Writer” (about Erle Stanley Gardner.) He was one – making $50K in 1933 and cranking out over a million words a year. (Figure that was into some serious 6-figures, at least.)
In there, the authors said he was impressed by a little book from a mostly unknown H. Bedford-Jones. (The other guy who was making $50K in 1933.) Called “This Fiction Business.” And it lays out a ton of stuff. (Download here.) I took a day to OCR it and proof into an ebook (as you can’t find it other than in print.)
Of course, there’s a ton of data in that Gardner book, and also in another person that Gardner studied – William Wallace Cook, who was even more prolific than those two. He wrote “Plotto” and also “The Fiction Factory.” Like a lot of these pulp guys, unless you know them, you’ll miss them:
“The hungry woodpulps served as a training ground for writers, illustrators, and editors. Their contributors made up a roster including Isaac Asimov, Rex Beach, H. Bedford-Jones, Ray Bradbury, Max Brand (Frederick Schiller Faust, who really would rather have been a poet under his own name than write Western stories), Edgar Rice Burroughs, Raymond Chandler, Major George Fielding Eliot, Zane Grey, H. Rider Haggard, Dashiell Hammett, Harold Lamb, Jack London, H. P. Lovecraft, Rafael Sabatini, Marc Schorer, and Tennessee Williams—to name only a few. Perhaps the most notable was Sinclair Lewis, who served a stint as associate editor of Adventure under Arthur Sullivant Hoffman before going on to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. And, of course, Erle Stanley Gardner was by no means last or least.”
Look over some of those names and you’ll see several that never went out of print – Zane Grey, Max Brand, H. P. Lovecraft, Dashiell Hammett, Jack London. And there are more. Again, our point here is not to become bestsellers, but more like routinely-selling midlisters. 6-figure midlisters (see my post above.)
So that took some time this week.
I’d gotten my short fiction up on my site, but it was only in draft to Medium. And I didn’t get my other story completed there.
But – I’ll have a new anthology to publish this week, full of pulp fiction tips. Like another voice saying that you only write once. Never re-write. Bedford-Jones even floats the idea that there doesn’t have to be a “plot.”
It all aligns to W. D. Smith’s stuff. Not all of it, but the key parts. Again, just more commonalities.
Of course, that threw off my To-Do List – but you have to follow the synchronicities that fall into your lap…
To Do Last Week:
- At least two new shorts written. Done
- Emails out on schedule. Done
- Update ARC page with new downloads. Nope
- Those dozen shorts published. Done
- Content Inc. analyzed and sharpened to a pointed action-step list. Some.
- IF (Prolific Works) giveaways set up for first quarter of 2019. Done
- One lesson in BAW Course updated… Nope
To Do This Week:
- 3-4 short stories published.
- New anthology on pulp writing published (after everything else.)
- Catch up Medium, Wattpad with both the Hooman Saga and the shorts I just posted.
- Emails out.
- ARC page updated as part of this.
- Boil down Content Inc to action steps.
- Get some more IF/PW giveaways to keep the motor running until my own organized giveaways kick in.
- New anthology on pulp writing published (after everything else.)
PS. Farm work is kicking in. Had a new calf this am to my milch cow, meaning that I’m going to need to milk her daily. Also a lot of work to get set up before it gets too cold (December) Less time daily to just devote to writing and publishing. Just letting you know…
Luck to us all…
Also published on Medium.