Monday, September 10, 2018

The Great Fiction Writing Challenge – Week 36 Results

The Great Fiction Writing Challenge – Week 36 Results

The Great Fiction Writing Challenge – Week 36 Results

Breakthrough (finally) on Medium and Wattpad, plus – just how focused you need to be…


Published Words Fiction:
– free – 6693 (Wattpad)
– paid – 47504

Published Words Non-Fiction:
– free – 2123
– paid – 1563 (Medium)

Mailerlite: 1 (non-IF), MailChimp: 2, Instafreebie – 363 (down from 848)
New Total: 4274 (4193 last week – net increase of 79)

Book sales this week:
Amazon – 4, Draft2Digital – 4, Gumroad – 1= Total Week’s sales – 9

Books (pre-)published this week:
Ghost Hunters Anthology 3


In Progress:

  • Hooman Saga: Book Two, Part Two, Section 01
  • The Calling Crow Mystery
  • For the Love of Cagga
  • A Case of Missing Wings

Total fiction books published:
75 (Should be at or over 72 by now to make 100 by year end. Next target is 100 short stories…)


Focus on what you want and get it done.
Goals data applies. I got into editing and transcribing a 2 hour transcript which I won’t need until next year – but I started using the data immediately in feeding these cows this fall. That took a day and 1/2 out of my schedule. Lesson learned.

You can’t fix stupid – and trolls.
I sent out an email to my small list of just Instafreebie authors. Telling them I was shutting down my giveaways until I cracked conversions. And got several very supportive emails in return.

In sending out an Advance Readers’ Club enrollment, I recieved one attaboy, and 5 trollish comments (which led me to conclude that they didn’t really need to be on my list – and one had left that comment, then unsubscribed.)

It’s a bit like living in L.A. or New York, where people won’t probably see you again and so don’t need to be polite to you at all. Still, it’s a tiny, tiny minority out of 176 people who did successfully enroll into that list.

The great part about that ARC list is that I can now send them direct emails and update them on the new books available just for them. 2 new every week, plus several that come off pre-release. That is one part of the promotion needed to get the free subscribers moved over to paying support.

Sidebar: A truly stupid algorithm from the KDP troll bots sent me two automated emails that were insulting and impossible to answer. Saying that I had violated the copyright on my own books. I complained to and got it corrected. (Their horrible treatment of authors is most of my dislike of that platform. Buy from Walmart instead – the have real people you can talk to there.) The upshot is to always add all your original pen-names when you re-publish into an anthology. (Such dumasses.)

This week, also, a podcast interview from last week went live – so that will also go out to my list as an additional goodie – and linked in to the ARC page.

I do want to start up a podcast which tells the background and universe of these books – easter eggs, etc. That is my next approach to getting these books into wider circulation. Once I set up the template for these, they will be an ongoing production through next year and beyond.

Another part of the conversion patterin I am working up is to get the new collections pushed out by genre to those clickers. The rough scene is to get opens, clicks, buys.

It looks right now like the conversion pattern will go that way for free subscribers while my bigger anthologies will be able to be revamped (re-covered, re-titled) and advertised with positive ROI. Still, right now it will be simply cranking out at least two books per week (anthology or new originals) to keep building up those resources. (Still don’t know that I’m going to pick up working on free subscribers after the end of this year.)

Again, next year’s projects are starting to haunt me in their preps. I’ll be “only” cranking out one new fiction per week during the next year, with probably three podcast episodes in three subject areas at the same time. I’m writing two more non-fiction books this next year (typically backward, as covered in the course) and will be reviving several of my classic PD books. So that will cover about four days of production for sure. Work with says still that my most efficient way is to write the script and then record it, opposed to freewheeling and transcribing. 1 day of fiction writing, the second day of publishing it, with pulling an earlier work to publish on Medium/Wattpad. 1 day of writing, recording a chapter on permaculture. 1 day of writing/recording a chapter on grassfed beef/grazing. 1 day of republishing – or the rest of that week, depending on interruptions.

This next year will also be deep into course creation – fleshing out all the books I already have recorded and built for courses, but not finished with the powerpoints and videos. Again, it’s only about a day of writing and recording to bring the bones of a course into view, but several days after that polishing it. I do appreciate how DW Smith pushes his courses weekly through his blog. He will record something like 6 weeks of 5 videos that are evergreen and then announce he is “re-opening” that workshop every few months, giving tiny homework pieces he can keep up with via email. Those courses can be downsampled into smaller pieces and promoted via Skilshare and Udemy.

Just as a tracking note – I did get into a membership backend on JVZoo which was a one-time purchase for unlimited bandwidth. This might be where some of my material winds up as it includes several courses for each membership. There are some limits to it, but would cover almost any amount of courses a person would want to create – about five memberships with seven courses. A nice passive income backend. My current provider is costing me nearly a hundred bucks monthly for nearly the same backend. However, I can publish books locally and also host podcasts – all unlimited – and great for someone over-prolific as myself.

There is another interesting point of listing incomplete books. Heinlein Rules. I got an inspiration, so I can then just chase these down. Having them all listed up there makes me want to simply complete them. This accountability journal is helping me track things – so will probably continue under a content-business challenge this next year. NaNoWriMo inspired me to take one of these old covers and use the output from November as the content for an anthology. I have the cover for a SF/Fantasy-type book, and “all” I’ll have to do is to crank out 12K per week, which is two short stories of 6K each.

To Do Last Week:

  1. 2 new short stories published, to all outlets (Medium & Wattpad.)
    I took a book (“When the Cities Died, I Danced”) and put these three short stories up on both Medium and Wattpad. I’m starting with my oldest books and linking to my book page – so they have all the buy links they could want. Very interesting: I started getting direct traffic from Wattpad to my site. This is exactly the point. Creating specific Uniform Resource Locaters for each specific bitly book link for these is a likely next step. Tracking data sources is key.
  2. Conversion automation set up.
    Working on this. The idea is to have an A/R sequence go out to them by genre about a week after they opt-in on automatic. The another one that goes out two weeks, by author.
  3. Membership debugged and operating.
    Yes – finally. Just set up a password protected page and then gave this password away as part of the opt-in process. Too simple. (I’ll get that other one figured out later.
    This ARC membership is going to be pushed on every new release email.
  4. Oh – and get my Createspace books over to KDP
    Nope. Some sort out needed on this. Looks like another day on this. I have a couple hundred books up there and they have to be checked for prices and whether they have ever sold anything. Particularly if I already published them on Lulu. Moving over to KDP Print already says there are quality issues coming up. The homework alone will take a lot of the time, as well as downloading all the sales data from CS.

To Do Next Week:

  1. 2 or 3 books written and published. To all channels.
  2. Emails out on schedule.
  3. Conversion automation completed and tuned.
  4. Createspace books over to KDP

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