Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Four Steps Forward, Two Steps Back #IWSG

The IWSG was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh. April's co-hosts are Christopher D. Votey, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey. Visit the other IWSG bloggers here.
The "steps" I am alluding to in this post's title involve months. It's already April, and yet I'm already two months behind in my goals. I must admit it is making me question (almost) everything. If I complete half my goals this month, it'll be a miracle. So insecurity, I'm feeling it in spades this month.

April's IWSG question: Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results? I did use the A to Z Challenge one year to create a flash fiction book set in my fictional world of Foxwick and its neighbors. I've sold 30 copies of A to Z Flashes of Foxwick and have given away 2269 copies. Not bad for a collection less than 10,000 words.

As for my March goals, I pretty much still have everything left over from March to do in April. I did finish editing a friend's novel, and yesterday (April 4), I finished writing A Soul to Keep (Soul Reaper #2). The novel, my ninth completed one, came in just under 80,000 words.

Despite my April goals, I would do well if I could remember I'm not a full-time writer. I tend to forget that. So we'll just see what I can do this month.

Here is my to-do list for April:
- Edit two novellas for a friend.
- Edit Marked. This goal will contain a content edit, a line edit, and a Kindle proofread.
- Edit Determined. This goal will contain a line edit and a Kindle proofread.
- Outline A Soul to Take (Soul Reaper #3).
- Create mock-up covers for Reborn, Determined, Marked, Forged, and Destined.
- Read through and create a glossary for the Soul Reaper series. I have around 217,000 to read through so I can catch up where I'm heading in the series. I know I've gotten details wrong, so it's important not to make things worse. *sighs* Yes, I should have taken better notes all along. Next series, I promise.

I don't expect to get through that last goal this month, but we'll see.

2017 Stats: 61,770 words written and 275,965 words edited

In March, I read Alex J. Cavanaugh's CassaDawn short story. I really liked it. It's a fun read, although I would have liked a little more buildup surrounding Byron's conflict. I will write a proper review soon. I'm nearing the end of Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley. It has such beautiful descriptions, although I wished for more action. I've enjoyed how it plays off the Beauty and the Beast tale.

Have you seen the Beauty and the Beast movie? We went the Saturday after it premiered. It was magical.

SPECULATIVE FICTION BOOKS
RELEASING IN APRIL
Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Gauntlet by Holly Jennings
The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams
Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien de Castell
Skullsworn by Brian Staveley
Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan
The Castaways by Jessika Fleck
Glass Faerie by Rachel Morgan
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
The Breaking Light by Heather Hansen
True North by L.E. Sterling
Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
Rescued by the Space Pirate by Nina Croft
Stolen by the Space Pirate by Nina Croft
Saving the Space Pirate by Nina Croft
Star Struck by Kalli Lanford
Falling for the Billionaire Wolf and His Baby by Sasha Summers
Drakon’s Prey by N.J. Walters
Once Bitten by Heather McCorkle
Brimstone by Cherie Priest
Locked Tight by Susan Kaye Quinn