Steady as she goes. Adjusting the compartmented schedule, as I wasn’t making good progress on the non-fiction courses. Still need to review Content Inc in any spare time…
The Great Writing Audience Challenge – Week 07 Results
Instafreebie/PW: 30/117 (26%) 3 non-IF/PW, 29 no-openers moved off.
StoryOrigins: 0 – not investing
Overall Total: 2816 – slight decrease.
IF/PW subscribers remaining after a year: 1292/8393 (15%) Percentages becoming consistent.
Note: I keep these to see how IF/PW retention is trending. Continuing at 3% of weekly signups annually. So: 97% drop-off in a year if you severely prune your lists to eliminate no-openers every week.
Of note is that I’ve had two weeks of no non-opener subscribers – the faster I can move the puresst freebie-seekers off my list, the better.
Book Sales: Next sales analysis is Mar 15 for Feb sales. See below.
Fiction Books In Progress:
- Erotika Jones ( 06, 07, 08 + anthology) -> Book Four
- Growing Up Felicity (series?) -> What Their Eyes See -> Book Five
- Two Ghost’s Salvation Book Two (series) -> Book Three
- Wolfer’s Nation -> Book Three
- Case of the Sand Dune Demise, Death and the Dreamcatcher, The Doorbell Rings > Book Five
Non-Fiction Books In Progress:
- Think Rich and Grow Richer (in research)
- Breakthrough Copywriter (update)
Courses in Progress:
- “Strangest Secret” (now in beta),
- “Get Everything You Want Out of Life”, (now in beta)
- “If You Can Count to Four…” (now in beta),
- “Completely Change Your Life in 30 Seconds” – still in alpha.
- Raising Gentle Cattle – pre-alpha
- Think Rich and Grow Richer – pre-alpha
Fiction writing took my week, which is exactly as expected. Two books done, plus plenty of research in the spare moments for Think Rich and Grow Richer. Everything is turning out well.
Key discipline I’m learning is in how to marry episodic procedurals (weekly mystery) with long character story arcs. I have two more series to write before I pick up the huge triple-series that will be written simultaneously – one short story for each of the three series in rotation, 8 episodes per series. 24 short stories total. Each of the series will cross over into the others, and published individually as their own series, while also published as a huge anthology in published sequence. Lots of details to track. At least four months to work.
Saw an interesting TV series called “Touch” last night and this morning. Inspired to rework my course production. While I produce the weekly short story, I’ll also ramp up three podcasts to build my courses in the three main areas of interest: self-improvement, marketing, regenerative agriculture/grazing. And maybe take up writing-publishing as well. In each case, I simply work up a publishing schedule, which has an outline for each of these courses. Then I simply add a lesson to a module each week. Assuming that I have 50 lessons in probably 10 modules, this helps me build courses in each area and (pre-)release the modules for sale, getting feedback on each module as I build it.
The core approach is to evangelize each of these areas and build them up from the information I already have. Each has several books that are top-sellers that will be the text for that course. Podcasts give away the audio free and promote the course and reference books. Books promote the course and podcast. Podcasts will then become perennial and built as evergreen.
Still, a lot of work to get these all done. As long as it brings me peace, then I’ll be happy to make forward progress with these.
Watching Fiction TV Series for Inspiration
While some authors say to read daily (Stephen King), I find that getting and watching the best-rated TV series and movies from DVD.Netflix has worked well for me. Note that this isn’t “most popular”. The bulk of what’s popular isn’t the highest rated. By sticking to the highest rated I can keep my mind filled with the best of what’s produced. TV series tend to have more high-rated sets, which give me usually about four episodes (short stories) every week (about 180 minutes, or three hours) – which compares to most movies being about 1.5 hours, usually under 2. Each series usually has between 3 and 7 discs per season. In most cases, the writer’s best work is in only that first season (“Touch”and “Warehouse 13” come to mind). Some, like “Elementary”, run great throughout. Others, like “Buffy” and “Leverage” end at their third or fourth season where the logical story arc runs out. Some, like “Star Gate” will bridge their villain story arcs to the next improbably worse villain, and continue to have the teams evolve. But the first season is safe in all cases if they are highly rated. Now, this doesn’t account for sit-coms. Like Romance and Spiritual movies, you have to take into account the type of story arc that you like to write. Mine is fantasy-mystery, as you can tell by what I recommend above.
By keeping my mind filled with the very best plots, dialogue, and writing in general – I can then ensure I write the best I can. This solves the problem of being able to get a supply of quality short stories to study. It also enables me to write with the idea of producing TV-ready stories that flow like our current flock of consumers expect. All at the highest quality.
Meanwhile, between TV series and highly-rated movies, I have some three years of watching queued up at 3 discs per week. Fun lined up.
The other benefit is that fiction writing helps improve the quality of your non-fiction writing. You’ll be looking for fast starts and keeping your audience emotionally involved throughout. So when your “Call to Action” shows up, they are hooked to find out more – and purchase whatever you recommend.
Last week’s to-do’s:
- Sun: This analysis & emails – yup
- Mon-Tues: New fiction book written and published. – yup
- Evenings: Re-queue perennial podcasts. – yup
This week’s to-do’s:
- Sun: This analysis & emails –
- Mon-Tues: New fiction book written and published. –
- Evenings: Re-queue perennial podcasts. –