Writing progress, and a request for help.

My wife has to work today, and I wound up with the house to myself. Yak Guy is stuck at a big transition point, but I hammered my way through it. It wound up taking about 1700 words, but he's at the place where I can move the story ahead. It's a good place to stop, because I need to think about the next section.

Yak Guy, Ted, finally met some people. He even met a girl he's infatuated with. I want him to react badly when he finds out she's slightly pregnant. Dealing with this is a large part of his journey. I also have to research her, because she is the Empress character from the tarot. I want to fit some of her lessons into the tale, but refuse to be handcuffed to all of it.

I suppose technically, Yak Guy is moving into Act II. This is always the toughest part for me. I'm usually pretty clear on the bookends, but the middle is like solving a puzzle. Add to that the idea that he has to meet the Major Arcana characters from the tarot, and this one is challenging. I hope it produces a worthwhile product.

I banged out a short story that I really like. Here's where I'm going to ask for help. My regulars know that I'm always trying something new. This is my first attempt at an epistolary style. This kind of story relies in part on documents, diaries, etc. I've always enjoyed that kind of story, and wanted to play with it myself.

There are a couple of spots where I have some doubts. I wonder if one or two of you might be willing to read it, and offer some critique. Those of you who are editors, or who have benefitted from actual editors would be most appreciated. I'm not looking for dozens of you, but even one might identify a problem I can't see.

Like I said, this is something new for me, and help would be appreciated. I already have email addresses for many of you, but won't force myself on you either. Did I mention that it's a short story, just over 5000 words.

I'm really enjoying writing short form stuff between novel sections. I never wanted to write two novels at once, but the short stuff seems to work as I hammer out the big project.

Later today, I'm going to look at another promotion of some kind. I've let my efforts languish, and sales have done the same. (Planetary Defense Command moved a few copies yesterday though. Thanks again Commander.)

I won't do another blog tour or anything too intensive, but maybe something to run in the background. Has anyone tried the Twitter ads yet? I have my doubts about them, but if you have something positive to say about them, I might try it.

Beyond that, I have some reading to do. I'm calling it a productive weekend. How did all of you fare?

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60 responses to “Writing progress, and a request for help.

  1. I love reading you and I’d love to have a look, buuut, I’m behind in too many things to volunteer. :/

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  2. I’m willing to read it, send me a copy if you think I’d be helpful. I can only tell you how it strikes me; if there are editorial rules related to this particular style, I’m not aware of them.

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  3. I’d be happy to give it a look. Probably a day or two from finishing an editing project, so I can read the story after that. Never looked at the style before. I think. The description reminds me of how you figure out plots in some video games. For example, Resident Evil 2 had documents and files that revealed what led to the zombie outbreak.

    Do you find working with the Major Arcana gives you more focus or foundation?

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    • The tarot part is just a personal challenge. I hope it’s a good story no matter what. Maybe tarot practitioners will get a small extra something out of it. My worry with the short is to avoid redundancy in the way it’s written.

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      • Got it. So every document is by a different person or at least there are a couple of different voices.

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      • No. Yak Guy is the one with the tarot background. The short story is an attempt at epistolary style. Both are in first person with one POV.

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      • Just took a peek. I was talking about the short story, but I see what you did. Reminds me of half of ‘The Hopeteller’ where I tried a diary/journal style. I’m hoping to finish my editing by lunch tomorrow, so I’ll read your story in the afternoon. Be a nice cleanser between Bedlam and the next Ichabod book. Gets me in the short story mode. Thanks. 🙂

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      • I gotta say, I’m really digging the shorter forms myself. Even a novella takes two sessions tops to read. I can read a micro while on a coffee break at work.

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      • Maybe I’ll try my hand at micro one day. I have a personality flaw where I think too big and follow every plot hook that appears. Surprised that I managed to keep Ichabod short last year. Good point on the novella though. Might explain why it’s being replaced a bit by micro fiction.

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      • My schedule makes novels tough, and series even tougher. A novella is easier to consume all at once. It doesn’t stop me from writing and reading longer forms, but the short stuff is fun to write too.

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      • Hate to admit it, but I’m looking at a year where novellas would be easier to tackle. Don’t have the luxury though since Legends is already beyond the halfway mark.

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  4. Hey, Craig, I’d be happy to take a look if you think I’d be helpful. I enjoy reading books in that style, but I’m not sure how versed I am on the editing rules. You’ve got my email if you think I can help.

    And now I’m off to attempt some writing…or a blog post for tomorrow. Not sure which is going to win out, but one of them is going to get a work out!

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  5. P.S….never tried Twitter ads, but would be interested in hearing what others have to say. I’m always looking for new methods of promo.

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  6. Good luck! You’re writing reads so well to me, I doubt I’d be much of a helpful critic but I’d love to read it in any case.

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  7. I haven’t tried Twitter ads but I’ve given Facebook ones a try. Didn’t find it worth it. I even watched a video on how to do Facebook ads properly, but I still don’t think it did much good. But these things are good to try once so we know, I guess.

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    • Just wanted to jump in because I’m interested in Facebook ad results. I’ve never used an ad but I’ve paid to boost posts several times, always with good results. I’ve heard that ads are even better than a boost, so this is interesting. Carrie, just wondering if you ever tried the boosts and how they compared to the ads. (Craig, hope you don’t mind me throwing that question out there for Carrie).

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      • Heck no, I don’t mind. I live for these interactions. If we want to know, the shy ones do too.

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      • I’ve boosted posts too, but in terms of sales I don’t think it helped much. Boosting does give you a lot greater reach though and generates more page likes so that’s an indirect benefit.

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      • That’s good to know! 🙂

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      • I had noticed the increased likes, too. And as much as I hate to admit it (because I’m not an FB fan) I actually picked up sales through boosts. Not every time though….it seemed the difference was in the amount I spent. If I did a small boost ($5 or $10) there was no result or only a small fraction. But when I did a $20 boost the sales came in. Wouldn’t it be great if FB went back to the “good old days” of delivering our news-feed to everyone who liked our pages?

        I could do a soapbox on FB, LOL!

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      • That facebook policy is the reason I never created a page for the PDC.

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      • Mae, I did a few webinars on FB ads. The trick is defining your audience. Choose your audience by selecting FB pages of big-named authors who write similar stories. Big names! Like Patterson, Child, or King. Cast a wide net, but not too wide…if that makes sense. This is what I did during pre-orders when I first hit the bestsellers list. So they definitely work. They just take some getting used to. And setting up landing pages are a pain. However, once you get the grunt work out of the way they run themselves.

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      • I think I’m getting lost in the string, but wanted to say thanks to Sue for that great info on FB ads. I knew about target audiences, but hadn’t thought about looking at the pages of other authors. That’s a great idea. I may have to take some time and work on that when Yesteryears comes out. Supposedly the ads are much better than the boosts.

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    • I’ve heard that a few times. I hoped not to be the Guinea pig this time, but I may have to.

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  8. The only thing I can do is sending you good vibes!

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  9. I’m pretty late today and see you’ve quite a few volunteers. I would give you an honest opinion although I can’t edit my way out of a paper bag. Also, I have not tried twitter ads but I can tell you I have over 5000 followers and if the movement of books right now is an indication Twitter is not doing the job.

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  10. I’ve never read epistolary style before. Not sure if I would know what is right or wrong about it. Or whether anything I had to say would be useful. I just read two novellas today and didn’t like either one of them. One was silly and I could not wrap my head around any story line, and the other was a compilation of blog posts that I’d seen before. Sort of felt cheated. Was expecting something new.

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  11. Hi sounds like you are very productive right now. Not sure anyone even a Tarrot Character can be slightly pregnant… ;). I have no qualifications or editors but can offer an untrained eye. I will definitely not be offended if I am not what you are after. I am just concentrating on Just jot it January right now. Also I have just heard of the death of David Bowie aged 69 years.

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  12. Craig, I haven’t used Twitter ads, but I do use Author Rise. Have you heard of them? You create “flyers” which they turn into Twitter cards with analytics. All free. The Twitter cards really pop too. Highly recommend. http://authorrise.com

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  13. Sounds like you continue to be marvelously productive…great news!

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  14. Sounds like you had a productive weekend, Craig. I’d love to read your story, but I’m not the best person for it, I don’t think I’ve ever read an epistolary type story, so wouldn’t be of any use. I’m sure you’ll her takers though, I bet you already have, I haven’t read the comments yet.

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