Got tied up in a new book – Non-fiction that explains other basics. Of course, little done on courses. Because this was a massive book, over 700 pages
The Great Writing Business Challenge – Week 39 Results
Instafreebie/PW: 52/207 (Actual vs. Reported: 25.1%) 2 non-IF subscribes. 67 no-openers moved off.
Overall Total: 3147 (new subscribers staying just ahead of overboarding) Total of IF/PW “subscribers” is now over 10K. Those remaining after a year: 1267/5983 (21%) That’s 6% of claims.
Book sales – October Monthly sales:
Next Lulu report for Sept – due Oct 15
Note: I’ve quit weekly booksales reporting as its more discouraging than informative. Monthly reports give more valuable data in terms of trends and actions to take. Month over month will give more data as I refine my data collection to be more comprehensive.
Published Words Fiction:
– free – Own Site: 0, Medium: 0, Wattpad: 0
– paid – Book Outlets: 232980, Medium: 0
Published Words Non-Fiction:
– free – Own Site: 3588 this blog, Else: 0 (Medium)
– paid – Book Outlets: 193,926, Medium: 0
Fiction Books re-published with updates:
- No recent progress – will be addressed after courses.
Books In Progress:
- HS Book 3 prequel: “Walkaway Blues” sequel “Walkaway Diner Doubts”, “NaN”
- “Erotika Jones” prequel
- HS Book 5 prequel: “Felicity”, “Sitting Felicity”, “Their Eyes” – a trilogy now.
Courses in Progress:
- “Strangest Secret”,
- “Get Everything You Want Out of Life”,
- “If You Can Count to Four…”,
- “Completely Change Your Life in 30 Seconds” – all in alpha (see below).
New Podcast Episodes:
- Some progress in courses. Got scammed this last week from that eBay mess, and recovering. Work is the best salve – earning more income than I can waste.
- (Did get a new set of audio burned to hard drive for processing…)
Meta data changes: to keep record of these (Amazon-centric)
- CYL changed to 1.99 from 0.99 pricing.
(As a point, I’ve been keeping a new version of this analysis open so I can add to it when I have data during the week. This gives a broader overview, if wild verb tenses. And saves time on Sunday writing it all up.)
Something clicked and I went onto finding Neville Goddard’s books. It was an add-on essay I wanted to write for my reader magnet, to explain how people could keep what they got. Somehow my data wasn’t matching up, and this author’s works did. Turned out his books are widely reprinted (public domain) and so I cranked out my own version, as a tool for myself and my students. Massive paperback and ebook – over 700 pages. Don’t look for splitting it up at this time. Price it high and give it a pro cover.
This book will also revise my business plans as I implement it.
The next year’s challenge reared its head this week. The Great Writing Audience Challenge. Just getting my work out and building audience like I need to, while building courses and updating non-fiction backends.
October will be on us soon and I was planning to be getting Bookbub ads prepped and running – one fiction, one non-fiction. On non-fiction, I simply have to get at least one of these courses into beta and onto Thinkific as a paid/discount course. As well as moving the other two short courses up there as “free while in alpha”.
Subscribers still coming in more than they are unsubscribing. Slow, but steady.
The Great Wattpad/Medium Syndication
So, I went and done it. Posted three articles to Medium (had them as drafts already) and three episodes to Wattpad to continue the Hooman Saga.
Too simple. Took less than a couple of hours, which included figuring out how to post to each platform all over again. They each have their quirks. Saturday’s a good day for publishing to Wattpad (views are higher) and Medium enables scheduling, so I can have the articles drip out.
Made sure I was done with that essay (one was already in the book, and I just edited it up.) Then went to work on these two.
Another book published – surprise…
That book? My reader magnet. Added an essay to it, one of his chapters from a 1948 book. His is the clearest explanation of how to “get the feeling of already having accomplished your goal.” Mainly, that just twists your head all around. Instead, he recommends imagining the scene just following when you did that. Much easier. Hill says “get the feeling” as above, Jones says to “pretend” and “follow a script”. Imagining, for someone as creative as I am, is a very simple way to do things.
And as I’d just worked up that “Collected Neville Library to go through Lulu and StreetLib as public domain, I did the same with this one – as I hadn’t before. Now I also can get my other books though this route on writing. Might do that tonight. They’ve been hung up as I forget how simple StreetLib is to publish, and unless the author has been dead over 70 years, you simply limit the books to the U.S. and uncheck Amazon and Google. (Google Books is dead to me anyway, because of the stupid hoops and revenue hassles I’d have to start publishing there again – since they “gray”-listed anyone who was publishing with them before – which wouldn’t stop real scammers, but penalizes the rest of us.)
I’ll wrap all my current books on hold (due to Amazon’s weird public domain policies) and get these all out there, elsewhere. Early in the week.
Next Year’s Challenge
…reared its head this week. With my analysis comes the humility of having taken wrong steps. Next year, I’ll be working up audience-building as I should have been doing in the beginning. Of course, this doesn’t mean I’ll be dropping out IF/PW (mostly freebie-seeking) subscribers, but I’ll be doing what I’ve said to do all along. For fiction writers, this is publishing your serialized series on Wattpad, for non-fiction, this is publishing three articles per week on Medium.
Recent analysis of Tim Grahl, Joe Pulizzi, Brian Clark and others (such as Amanda Hocking) is to get your work in front of other people’s audience and invite them to join yours. Pulizzi and Clark mention having 50K subscribers before you can accurately tell what they want so you can deliver it. Patently, that’s incorrect, since they were publishing articles based on audience need long before that. Pulizzi was also appearing at meetings large and small. And that gives you direct feedback. Grahl, Clark, and Pulizzi were also on other’s interview-podcasts as guests.
Cranking out evergreen courses are also part of this, even though it’s not suggested. The point is that I have untapped audiences in my non-fiction public domain and orphan works. Giving them audiobooks and alternative media is another way to bring them into the fold – and get subscribers.
My fiction work will be at the same pace of a short-story book per week (Mon-Tues). Saturdays are for Wattpad and Medium posting. Sundays are for analysis and emails. So courses will be Wed-Fri. Simple enough to plan out. The bugs show up in application – like this weeks’ publishing of several books put my courses on hold – again.
Also, I’ll be advertising in earnest this next year. Regardless of what “Christmas Specials” I can get going, I have to master advertising in these last three months. BookBub->Kobo. Skip the rest.
Still on top: Pulizzi’s “Content Inc.” This is more applicable to non-fiction, but the basics are the same.
After that is to learn by writing and publishing on Kobo, not Amazon. Promotion through Bookbub, not Facebook or paying the ‘ZON taxes. Once you know the basics of graphics, copywriting, and budgets, then you can expand to “feeding the Amazon beast” along with the rest. Since publishing wide is anecdotally proving ZON gives only 50% of your income, you can afford to live without their hefty and changing learning curve. Keep it simple: Bookbub, Kobo, and Wattpad for fiction. Bookbub (advertising), Kobo (ebooks), Lulu (paperbacks), Findaway (audiobook), Teachable/Thinkific (courses), and Medium (audience).
Last week’s to-do’s:
- Emails out – Blitz (Sun/Mon) – Yup
- Strangest Secret downloads uploaded and linked. Yup
- Other two mini-courses downloads created, uploaded, linked. Nope
- Publish to Wattpad and Medium (Sat) – Yup
- If possible, set up a survey of my subscribers who click through and have been on my list for over a year. – Nope
This week’s to-do’s:
- Emails out – Blitz (Sun/Mon) –
- Publish all “beta” books on writing to SL, etc. –
- Strangest Secret video’s produced, uploaded –
- Other two mini-courses downloads created, uploaded, linked.
- Publish to Wattpad and Medium (Sat) –
- New Nightingale podcasts (Fri) –
- If possible, set up a survey of my subscribers who click through and have been on my list for over a year.