I have a nearly complete outline for the second book in the All for Owen series. Its the first day of November and you know what that means? National Novel Writing Month.
For those of you who aren't familiar with NaNoWriMo, it's that time a year when writers become gluttons for punishment by attempting to write an entire novel in one month. This is the first year I've had the will (idiocy?) to try it.
Wish me good luck. Hopefully in December I will have good news.
And because I hate referring to a work in progress as book two, I'll give you the title.
This is a scary time for me. I just released a new book and it's too early to tell how the public at large is receiving it. I have a basic outline for the next novel, but I'm not going to start writing -- not yet.
Since I've been reflecting on where to go next with my writing, I've realized that I need more published stories. I need to expand my readership and I think it's going to take a departure from Dystopia to do that. And yes, this means I'll need to work on multiple writing projects at a time, including the next book in the All for Owen series.
So here are some ideas I've been playing with. Let me know which you would be interested in reading about.
1. A modern-day story about the recession in 2008. An unemployed graphic designer and a billionaire meet by chance and decide to start a business just for fun. it isn't about making money, its about blowing money. I have some fun ideas for this, but I don't want to say too much, because it would ruin the story before it's even written.
2. A pre-depression era story about a young engineer who is working with a famous inventor in Paris. When the inventor dies, the young engineer is forced to move back to the U.S. to find a lowly job at a newspaper. He learns to manipulate the small town by throwing in some of his own news stories here and there. Again, I don't want to say too much.
3. I've also been playing around with the idea of writing a comedy about a group of ghost hunters who are forced to make up ghost encounters in order to get finding to continue their paranormal investigations. But I will need to work on being funny, so this project scares me a little.
Reviews on Amazon.com are a huge commodity in the world of publishing. Reviews are the difference between a perspective reader buying one book or moving on to another. Many readers make a decision to buy a book in a split second and those decisions are heavily based on the reviews - both the quality and quantity of reviews make a big impression.
There are two major indicators of a book doing well.
First, when a reader is looking around Amazon for a new book, one of the first things they will do is look at how many stars the book has.
Secondly and more importantly, a browsing reader will look at how many reviews the book has. This is the most important indicator of a good book because, let's face it, every book in existence has a bad reviews. I'll bet Harry Potter has it's fair share of terrible reviews. But the fact that so many people have read it and taken the time to review it, means that the book is worth reading.The controversy of reviews is actually a good thing. If the book was terrible, you wouldn't see very many reviews.
Self-publishing makes it difficult have have a precise release date. Amazon has a lot of bells and whistles that take time to get working. I compensate for this, by publishing sooner and hopefully, by the release date, I'll have everything squared away.
For those of you who follow my blog, and want to be the first to read All for Owen, I have a little secret... It's live.
Be the first to read and review it, and I'll love you forever.
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