In the home stretch. How close will I come to making it by the time this post goes up?
Wednesday Day 24 - 0 minutes. After a long day at work, I screwed around and did some other things. And it looks like I'm actually going to get to bed on time.
Thursday Day 25 - 181 minutes. Yep that's just over three hours. I would have spent another hour, but I have to get up early tomorrow and I'm trying not to deprive myself of sleep. Aside from some good work finishing off another tricky scene (and ending up with a scene I enjoy thoroughly), I also paused to re-chapter.
I have given myself permission to skip around as much as necessary, but I have a little goal of getting done at least to the second shooting (which is more or less the climax of the second act) by the end of Saturday. Which would leave only Sunday and Monday to finish the end. (By the time this posts, I'll know whether that happened or not.)
Friday Day 26 - 0 minutes. I was tired, and then stress at home killed everything until about 1am. So I gave up for the night. We'll see how it goes tomorrow.
Saturday Day 27 - 120 minutes. I guess I didn't do so bad - but I did not get to the second shooting. I mostly cleaned up what I did Thursday, which means I didn't even make up for Friday. I lost a little momentum, but I'm still there and still pushing.
Sunday and Monday should be good writing days, but a couple of things are still up in the air.
- Monday - Flash Story for Halloween: "Death And The Writer"
- Tuesday - Story Notes for "Death and the Writer"
- Wednesday - ROW80 Update
- Thursday - My Experiences With The Slush Pile, part 1, Teaching.
Thoughts on a slow sales month:
I came across a traditional author who has only just become aware of the terrible joys of watching your rankings and getting live sales reports. Writers who are new to immediate reports (which is most of us) are like new stock market investors -- and prone to great leaps of joy and great crashes of depression. So....
This is my second October since I started publishing with Kindle's Direct Publishing program. Still not much of a sampling, but this year I have a little more data. To whit: I have sold very very few books this month. Maybe a quarter of what I might expect.
And yet my Amazon sales ranking has... stayed pretty close to the same as it was when I was selling two to three times as many books.
So I think it's safe to state outright something I have always believed to be true: October ebooks sales suck for pretty much everybody on Amazon.
I mean, I'm sure there are people who are doing unusually well or badly this month -- there always are -- but since ranks are competitive, I couldn't be holding my rank quite so well if my competition was not also suffering from a drop in sales.
So if you are a writer and your sales have been slow lately, take heart. It's just a slow month.
Will November be better? I can't guess. I did some promotional stuff last year, so that throws off my estimate. (And I'll be screwing up this year's numbers with a sale later this month too.)
Think of it all as a learning experience.
See you in the funny papers.