#WritingGoals, Book Sales, and #AmWatching

Met the writing goal again last week – woo hoo!  Things are really coming together with this sequel to Subject A36.  While brushing my teeth (I swear I have the best ideas when I’m doing totally mundane things), a few different pieces just fell into place in the span of a couple seconds.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  Kind of makes the job a little easier.  I’m hoping to continue with the streak this week.

With so many author events cancelled this year, does anyone have brilliant ideas on how to sell more books?  If so, please share them.  I’ve been reading articles I’d hoped would miraculously introduce some new technique I haven’t tried, but they all seem to say the same things, just packaged differently.  I miss those in person events where I could talk to readers.

Last week hubby and I watched one movie that wasn’t so great and one that was okay.  The not so great was Eurovision.  I’m usually a Will Ferrell fan (except for Anchorman – by every mathematical concept, I should love that movie), but this one didn’t work for either of us.  I will say Dan Stevens seems to have a knack for comedy and gave me a few laughs.

We also watched Greyhound with Tom Hanks on Apple+.  Tom Hanks in anything immediately elevates a project in my opinion.  If you enjoy historical movies with a lot of action, I’d recommend it.  Not a bad way to spend ninety minutes.

Have a safe and healthy week!

 

42 thoughts on “#WritingGoals, Book Sales, and #AmWatching

  1. Blog Tours with the right organizer seems to have an impact on sales, but I have no idea what the actual numbers are. I’ve also been enjoying online book talks and junkets with authors but, again, I have no idea about numbers. Digital is not as fun as getting out there and interacting with people but those are just our times I guess❤️ Grats on another productive week!

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    1. Thanks, Tessa! I did a blog tour when A36 was released back in February, but maybe a mini-tour would give it a boost. You’re right – it’s much more fun meeting new readers and talking about books in person!

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  2. Well done on another successful week. It seems the kids love Eurovision. My ten-year-old great-granddaughter just loves it and has watched it about 6 times. (as kids do) Her mom enjoyed the first two times! You’re right, if Tom Hanks is in it, it should be good. Has he ever made a bad movie?

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    1. I could see kids enjoying Eurovision, Darlene. I think my niece would get along great with your great-granddaughter, lol. And Greyhound was definitely a better movie – Hanks did an outstanding job, as always.

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  3. A great new week to you too, Teri. To me, meeting any writing goal would be a huge thing these days. I barely manage to get a skimpy episode form my weekend blog serial. My novel in progress has been spinning its wheels for months. The ideas are there… but the ability to focus is not. So big kudos on that. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. I am also struggling, Teagan, but for different reasons. Accountant’s are actually front line workers in saving the ailing economies of the world. One day my grandchildren will ask me what I thought about the world during lockdown and C-19 and I’ll say that I hardly noticed it because I worked ridiculous hours the whole time. [smile]

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    2. I know what you mean about focusing, Teagan. Logically, we had loads of time to write over the past few months, but most of us weren’t in the right mindset to do it. Just over the past few weeks have I really been able to get back to writing. Even with Delta Pearl, you’re getting words in! I predict you’ll get your mojo back soon and plow through that WIP. Hugs!

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    1. Yep – shower, treadmill, putting on makeup – that’s when mine strike also, Sophie. I might an online event to my publisher. I bet they’d have plenty of other authors interested in joining. Thanks for the idea!

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  4. I’m super proud–and super inspired–by your having met your writing goals, Teri! Woohoo!! And that means another day closer to you wrapping up this book. I’ll be ready and waiting, because Book 1 is very near the top of my TBR pile. (As soon as I finish re-reading Skin Game and diving right into Peace Talks–TOMORROW!!–I’ll be back to catching up with everyone else’s books, including Subject A36.)

    I don’t read a lot of dystopian tales, but I know yours is going to beone I’ll love, and the premise has me hooked, already. SO looking forward to it! Have a great Moon’s Day and an even greater week! 🙂 ❤

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    1. I thought about you earlier today, Marcia, knowing tomorrow is the day! I suspect we won’t hear from you for a few days once you get your hands on Peace Talks. Thanks so much for the kind words about A36 – I really hope you enjoy it.

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  5. My books are just languishing. I have no idea how to gain traction anymore. It seems like everyone promises results for a fee, but the results are not there. I enjoyed Greyhound, too, but felt it was missing something. Maybe a bit more wrap up with Hanks and Elizabeth Shue, but something.

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  6. Awesome about the writing progress. I love when those, “Ah-ha!” moments happen. They do happen at odd times though, don’t they? I had my Dad in hysterics when he came to visit me for my birthday last year and I randomly had something click while we were discussing something totally different, so I told him to hang on a sec so I could go make a note of it before we continued our discussion. Well, I didn’t want it to be one of those times it slips your grasp before you can go work on your story. 😉

    If you figure out how the marketing works, please share the secret. Although, I suppose if we all started doing it then it wouldn’t work so well any more after a while, so we’d have to figure something else out anyhow.

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    1. Mine rarely come when I’m reading something, Robbie. I think my brain needs a break from all other stimulation while it forms the ideas, lol. But I do know what you mean about the wicked deeds or unusual deaths. Always fodder for horror writers.

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  7. I’m still waiting to see if the author event I was scheduled for during lockdown months is going to get cancelled again. Right now, it’s rescheduled for October, but with the way things are going….who knows?
    BTW, hubs and I watched My Spy this past weekend and enjoyed it. Thanks for steering us in that direction!

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    1. I’ve got a couple scheduled for late October and early November – wondering the same thing. Glad you enjoyed My Spy! It won’t win any awards, but not a bad movie for a night in.

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  8. My brilliant ideas usually hit in the shower. I have actually put a waterproof notepad (AquaNotes) in the shower to capture these strokes of inspiration!

    NO ideas on how to sell more books. If you do find the magic recipe, DO let me know!

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  9. I get ideas while washing dishes and driving…

    For me, the Queen Titania’s Court thing I did was the most interaction I got. That was last month, so it’s not clear yet how many copies of anything I sold. So I’d definitely urge you to be looking ahead to your Bad Moon Rising feature in October.

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    1. Exactly – mundane things give the brain time to plot and stategize, I think.

      I’ve already been thinking about Bad Moon, Deby – I’ll probably start posting for signups in August. This will be the sixth year – hard to believe!

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  10. suerovens

    Indeed. Selling books without having events to go to is quite a quandary. An event I was planning on going to just canceled (can’t blame them!), so I feel like the rest of 2020 is going to be a bust unless a vaccine/drug comes along.

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