Three more public domain fiction published this week… Back to writing new stuff now, plus getting a grip on marketing/courses. Despite the generated panics…
The Great Writing Audience Challenge – Week 13 Results
“Successful people come in all ages, shapes, sizes, and colors, but they all have one thing in common, a winning attitude.” ~ Earl Nightingale
Instafreebie/PW: 21/72 (29%) 27 no-openers moved off.
StoryOrigins: 0 – not investing
Overall Total: 2706 – more decrease.
IF/PW subscribers remaining after a year: 1257/8852 (14%) Percentages becoming consistent.
Note: I keep these to see how IF/PW retention is trending. 4% of weekly signups annually. So: 96% drop-off in a year if you severely prune your lists to eliminate no-openers every week.
Book Sales: Last analysis overdue, next sales analysis is April 15 for Mar sales. See below.
Fiction Books In Progress:
- Doppel, Case of the Sand Dune Demise, Death and the Dreamcatcher > Book Five
- Corono-V series and anthology
- Book Four (01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, Anth)
- Raising Felicity (series?) -> What Their Eyes See -> Book Five
- Two Ghost’s Salvation Book Two (series) -> Book Three
- Wolfer’s Nation -> Book Three
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.
- Copywriting/Marketing – pre-alpha
- Raising Gentle Cattle – pre-alpha
- Think Rich and Grow Richer – pre-alpha
Auction this week was pathetic for bull calves, less than heifers – which were consistent. The packers weren’t buying, but the local farms appreciated good heifers – for a low price. Gentle. One good point is that my hay-provider wants to take the bull calves I have to swap for his last-year’s bales (which are taking up land that could grow this year’s hay.)
Now back to books.
Meanwhile, we’re all on lockdown – which is nice when you don’t have to fight traffic while you’re pulling a stock trailer around with calves. Shifting weight and so on. And that is where the packers come in – since there was a drop in beef market, and then some of the packers had to close down because they got infected. The people, not the beef products.
Meaning that the farm is still just above subsistence. Typical.
That finally brings us back to books. But no, I haven’t checked. In a couple of days, the Lulu sales will come in (about 60% of my income), and then the Amazon (another 30%-ish). D2D, Streetlib, PublishDrive, and direct sales via iTunes, B&N, and Gumroad – these make up the rest.
Now, for years I’ve been running on the regular income from what sells – which got me through two years of writing fiction and that research.
Recently, I found (and then confirmed) that simply writing without promotion was/is getting me nowhere. And so my studying marketing, and building a backend based on what has sold and continues to sell.
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Research found me a nice little bonus. There’s a fourth story structure. (The other three being Romance, Adventure, and Mystery.) I was writing a redemption story – and so started looking up redemption examples. And the simplest/best is Dickens’ Christmas Carol. All the rest follow some model like that.
Essentially, there is someone who is confronted with his past, present, and future all being lousy because of their choices. Somewhere in there, they get connected with someone as a catalyst for their own change. As a story plot in itself, you can see this in “Alice in the Moon” – but that makes more sense when you study “The Hooman Saga Book Two, Part II”. Because it builds her up as a villain – and this final story brings her back around to being a normal human again. Justice. Redemption.
No, I didn’t know what I know now – other than the general idea that a criminal is a reverse story arc to the hero. They keep losing until they are finally captured, or eliminated, or escape. But that great what-if happened where I wanted to solve the mystery of that villain. So I did. And it follows what I found above.
When you have a flawed hero, s/he’s running that redemption plot. They are going to run into reminders about where they’ve been, what they’ve done, how lousy their past and present are – and then how things are going to get even worse unless they decide to change how they are acting. Like the main character in Venom, as well as the outer space spook that takes him over. Like the Scarlet Witch in “Age of Ultron” (but all those Avengers are flawed, and start out the movie getting their butts kicked.)
So this is something that none of the books I’ve read cover. What they tell you is to write a “flawed character who is relatable”. Then they leave you hanging. Actually, we all have these difficulties – it’s called the journey of life. And doesn’t quite fit the monomyth/hero’s journey model unless you split out the angst – which brings you right back to that structure.
And that’s how it all works out.
(As I wasn’t finished writing this – here’s a couple of movies I liked that were an example of this: “Real Steel” and “Tomorrowland”. Of course, there’s “Scrooged” for anyone tired of the original Dickens settings. Once you start looking for this plot structure, you’ll start seeing it everywhere – you’ve been warned.)
Recovering a lost classic
Now this rarely happens to me – but it’s happened enough. The trail went through finding “Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude” by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. There is mentioned a “PMA: Science of Success” course that Hill ran in the late 50’s/early 60’s. But nothing existed of this on the Nap Hill Foundation site, or anywhere else. But… I found a PDF that had the entire course guide – all set up as images, not text. No copyright anywhere on it – meaning that it was never renewed. A check on the Stanford database showed that the NH Foundation has copyrighted a revision. Meanwhile, someone has put it up on B&N as a straight duplicate and it’s not contested – meaning that it’s an orphan. (Just needs a tight disclaimer.) Glad I caught that.
Meanwhile, I’ll still continue with the course based on what I understand to be the original material that was out of copyright. The point is that this book explains where Hill pushed his Practical Philosophy of Achievement forward to a very workable end.
The funny thing about this course is that for the 2 percent who can/will actually put it to use – it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. From how I found it to how it arrived and manages to still exist in the public domain.
More great Nightingale podcasts up.
I’ll keep doing this, as it’s fun. Like my fiction writing. Like the courses I find “out of the blue”. The trick with these is that they are all simply sitting around in some dusty archives and not being promoted. There was a project to assemble the “greatest hits” out of some 7,000 recordings (maybe 9,000 by some counts) and get these up as a tribute to him. Meanwhile, time moved on and people tended to forget.
So what I’m doing is taking these recordings and putting them out as a podcast series. One that I’ll simply re-schedule every year – at a rate of some 5 per week – so people can continue to get his great ideas in 5-minute chunks. All as ads for Nightingale-Conant and his Strangest Secret recording. Whieh leads them right into goal achievement materials.
Too much fun. Because that PMA works wonders for the soul, keeps you healthy, and sane. While the world around you is trying to go the other way.
But that’s why we’re here, isn’t it? Paddling upstream against the tide and all that.
Luck to us all.
Last week’s to-do’s:
- Sun: This analysis & emails – yup
- Mon-Tues: New fiction book written and published. – nope – started, though.
- Evenings: Re-queue perennial podcasts. – yup. Did this on Sat.
- Wed-Fri: Non-fiction writing/publishing/marketing – yup
This week’s to-do’s:
- Sun: This analysis & emails –
- Mon-Tues: New fiction book written and published. –
- Evenings: 3 promotional actions every day – while watching videos/movies.
- Wed-Fri: Non-fiction courses: writing/publishing –
- Sat: Continue Nightingale syndication –