Monday, July 30, 2012

Work Update

I haven't done an update for some time, so here I go.

My first novel is now available in paperback on Amazon (see advert on the left), after the ebook was available for a free download last month.  It was downloaded 525 times and then bought 15 times.  I now have a total of £5.25 in royalties.  Woohoo.  Once I get organised, after the school holidays have finished, I'll run a competition for a paperback giveaway.

The short story collection didn't do quite so well, being downloaded only 85 times with no follow up sales.  This may be due to it being a short story collection or its relatively small size.

The current WIP (Apollo the 13th) is nearly done in first draft form.  It's just short of 30K words and will hit about 40K when I'm done with the draft.  After its first rewrite, it'll probably double in size, though I've already rewritten the first chapter after some feedback.

As for W1S1, I had a terrible June, but in July I not only wrote two new stories, but resubbed one old story.  I was about to resub another story when I checked my spreadsheet and saw it was still out on review for Gold Dust.

Other than that, I've scribbled an idea for the follow up to my current WIP, outlined a book on how to form a writer's group and am debating whether or not to include a section on electronic publishing as a group in it.  Should I?

I've also started to explore the idea of article writing to earn money, using this blog for inspiration and the columns I have on electronic publishing.

Lastly, I'm still getting used to this new keyboard and its odd shape.

What have you been up to?

14 comments:

Jeff Chapman said...

Best of luck with the novel and story collection sales. What did you do to promote them?

DRC said...

These Keyboards are great. After a while, typing on a normal one will feel strange. So there's to be a third installment to a Stitch in TIme??? :)

Kelley Lynn said...

Ooo, in paperback?? Awesome! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the informative article, it was a good read and I hope its ok that I share this with some facebook friends. Thanks.

Amy Jarecki said...

Hi Martin - A giveaway sounds good. Also I'd be interested in an online e-publishing group. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Martin Willoughby said...

Jeff: Promotion is the hardest part. Apart from the blog and a book launch, it's mostly Kindle freebies and word of mouth at the moment. I'm treating this as a learning curve.

DRC: There may be even more, The third one isn't planned to include the Radfords.

Kelley: Well, POD anyway.

Amy: Not sure how an online one would work, but it's something to explore.

Victoria Lindstrom said...

Congratulations Martin! You're asking writers if a book giveaway is good? Ya think? ^_^

Ink in the Book said...

Well, your news sounds great!
I've been editing and writing. I added about 10 chapters to my WIP. I'm not foru sure if I ike what I added though...

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

You have a lot going on! Sounds great!

Martin Willoughby said...

Victoria: Silly question, but it had to be asked.

Inky: If you don't like it, cut it and paste it into another document for future use.

Michelle: It should be more given the amount of time I have at the moment.

E. Arroyo said...

You do have a lot going on. It's great that you're keeping at it. =)

Martin Willoughby said...

EA: I love writing, so it's not too difficult.

Christine Muir said...

I've just started a course/mentorship scheme to revamp a novel I began over 3 years ago.

Article writing is much more lucrative than fiction (generally) if only because you have a fair idea of what you will be paid before you write the article. (Article writing is my 'bread & butter', fiction is my guilty pleasure)

Martin Willoughby said...

Christine: You also have a better idea if it's going to be accepted.