Itâ€™s time for an update on my exciting challenge, 12 TITLES IN 12 MONTHS. When I started this challenge I know it seemed like the rantings of a crazed New Indie Self-Pub Writer. Wow, thatâ€™s a mouthful.
Iâ€™m having a lot of fun on this journey experimenting with new genres and formats. When I started this, I was going to primarily do a mix of full-length and novellas. But I have to admit, in a brief moment, I sort of thought I was taking on too much. Then I read the article in the RWA magazine about story lengths. Honestly, it never occurred to me to do a short story. Funny thing, my first two published pieces were short stories. In my mind, I thought I would be doing my challenge an injustice if I didnâ€™t commit to either a full-length or novella. So, I did a little digging in my files and found several starter pieces. I printed them and did a lot of reading.
I woke up one morning and remembered I had rewritten my next full-length book. Thank God, I kept the old manuscript. I had this really cool scene, that I thought would make a great novelette. I read the chapters and discovered, they weren’t right as a novelette, but will be great for the third installment of THE GOOD GIRLâ€¦which is on the schedule for next year. I was a little bummed and then went into a blank mode. This freaked me out. It seemed like the words were gone. I wonâ€™t say it was Writerâ€™s Block, but more like Brain Jumble. Words were there but when I started to write, it seemed force. I had almost two thousand words on a piece, but it just didnâ€™t click. But while I was writing, I got an idea, which I turned into THE FLING. As for the other starter pieces, I like them, but Iâ€™m not quite sure the time is right to bring those stories to life. The good thing about this challenge is that I can basically write whatever I want. YEAH!
I finished out the first quarter with some pretty good sales. Hereâ€™s a funny sales story. My mother and I were at the doctorâ€™s office waiting to get our annual blood workup. I was teasing her about something while she was proofing one of my books. I kept bothering her and she replied, â€œHow am I supposed to finish your book, if you keep bothering me?â€ A woman sitting across from us heard my motherâ€™s comment and started laughing. Then my mother went into sales mode and told her that I was a writer. The woman asked where she could find my books. I opened my iPad and showed her my Amazon page. She called it up on her phone, read the summary and bought the book.
Last week, I released my April Title, THE FIX UP. This cute short is my first RomCom. Thank you to everyone that posted the link on their social media.
For this title, I didnâ€™t do any advertising or paid promoting. As I mentioned in a previous post, Iâ€™m trying different promotion options. For THE FIX UP, I sent an email to my mailing list, posted it on my blog, Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest. I wanted to give my followers first dibs. This little tactic paid off on the release day. This was the first time I landed in the top 100 in one of my Amazon categories on release day. Double YEAH!! I was shocked. THE FIX UP, also aided my other books. My perma free book, THE ALEX CHRONICLES: GIRLFRIENDS & SECRETS, hit the top 100 in two categories. All this activity without me doing any paid promotions.
So whatâ€™s on tap for the next quarter? I have a full-length and what I think will be a couple of novelettes. The reason I say could be, is because I havenâ€™t finished writing them. I already created the covers which Iâ€™ll share later in the post. but Iâ€™m not quite sure if Iâ€™ll keep the titles. Title duplication is something that really canâ€™t be helped. But I was a little shaken when I saw a book on several sites this week with the same title as my proposed August release. Now Iâ€™m wondering if I should keep it, or rename it. If you have any thoughts on this, please post them below or send them to meâ€¦readtracyreed [at] me [dot] com.
On with the 3rd Quarter updateâ€¦
Title: WHAT MY FRIENDS NEED TO KNOW Length: Full-length Status: Completed Release Date: July This is the second installment in The Alex Chronicles Series. Itâ€™s also the second book I wrote. But like itâ€™s predecessor, I held it back and I am so glad I did. The characters are more mature and the issues they deal with seem a little more realistic. This story focuses on what happened after Alex said yes to Mosesâ€™ proposal. Itâ€™s no secret they got engaged. What is a secret is if they get married. Following the rest of the girls in this series is fun as well. Thereâ€™s the return of someoneâ€™s first love, a surprise break up and a so much more. Sales Outlets: eBook – KDP Select Print – Amazon, Createspace, B&N and my website Marketing Campaign: Posting on my blog and social media outlets [Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest], blast to my mailing list, GoodReads Giveaway and possibly a mini blog tour or Cover Release Blast tour. And miscellaneous blogs.
Title: MISS MATCH Length: Novella or Novelette Status: Still writing Release Date: August The reason you don’t see a cover image, is because thereâ€™s a slight possibility I might change the cover. I donâ€™t purchase images until Iâ€™m convinced I want the image. With this story having a common title, Iâ€™m a little on the fence. Even though I like it a lot. As you may have guessed, this story is about a matchmaker. Sheâ€™s polished, beautiful, and very good at what she does. But her evenings are spent alone. I see this possibly becoming a cute series. Sales Outlets: eBook – KDP Select Print – Amazon, Createspace, B&N and my website Marketing Campaign: Posting on my blog and social media outlets [Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest], blast to my mailing list, GoodReads Giveaway and possibly a Cover Release Blast tour. And miscellaneous blogs.
Title: MY FIRST HUSBAND Length: Novella or Novelette Status: Still Writing Release Date: September This will probably finish out as a novelette length. It started out as the beginning of a series, but I have since changed my mind. I donâ€™t think the characters are ready for a series or more than a few thousand words. Only time will tell. Hey, I didnâ€™t think THE GOOD GIRL would go beyond book one. This is a complicated love hate story. Sales Outlets: eBook – KDP Select Print – Amazon, Createspace, B&N and my website Marketing Campaign: Posting on my blog and social media outlets [Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest], blast to my mailing list, GoodReads Giveaway and possibly a Cover Release Blast tour. And miscellaneous blogs.
Writing update. Technically, I have every month completed or partially finished. I have something special for my December release. I was going to do a novelette, but I saw something that really intrigued me. A Sampler. I saw Beth Yarnellâ€™s romance sampler and asked her if she minded me copying her idea. She was cool with it, because sheâ€™d gotten it from someone else. I thought about releasing the sampler this summer, but decided against it. Part of this challenge has been to experiment with writing and marketing/promotion styles. Seeing I have nothing lined up for the holiday, I thought that would be the best to release my sampler in the fourth quarter. Iâ€™m going to make it a free download, just in time for all those new to the world of eReaders. Iâ€™ll share more on this title later in the year.
God has answered my prayer and those three titles I was concerned about, are coming to life. In addition to my 12 Titles challenge, Iâ€™m almost done with my first non-fiction book. Let me just say this, I commend anyone writing non-fiction. I had no idea how difficult it would be. I thought since I write fiction, it would be easy. No. Non-fiction requires a lot of person reflection and sharing. At least for the book Iâ€™m working on. Because this book is part of a larger project, Iâ€™ve elected not to release it until January.
Why the rush to finish everything a head of schedule? I would like to take a little time off and relax. But weâ€™re writers. Do we ever really stop writing?
Have a good month and Iâ€™ll check in with you next month.