Titles, covers, and email list managers, oh my..

One of my big goals this year is to learn more about the business side of writing–the ‘have a list’, ‘have a presence’, ‘have a back-list’, ‘have a plan’ part of writing. Mostly this has been an overwhelming area for me.  There is so much to know and learn! In the spirit of sharing, these are some of the people who have been most helpful to me so far on my journey:

  • Holly Lisle who is both writer and teacher extraordinaire.  Her ‘How to Think Sideways’ course got me through my first draft of the Duodeca Conspiracy.  I am going through it again with the Finder with a new class (squee!). She has lots of other resources, and she writes about writing like a writer (or at least, like a writer the way I am a writer) not like an English Professor who has never had to chase a character across a page screaming ‘wait for me!’.
  • Jeff Goins, a blogger who blogs about writing.  He is launching his book The Art of Work  which you can get for free for a limited time!  His work has helped me figure out what skills I need to learn next, and given me the courage to keep trying on the dark days.
  • Joseph Michael the Scrivener coach, whose course about using scrivener has really helped streamline my use of Scrivener.
  • Tim Grahl, the man behind The Instant Best Seller Course who blogs about launches and systems and how to think through the business part of writing. I am still working my way through the course.  So far, so good.
  • A really awesome site for free commercial artwork for covers!  And, on the site I found what I think will be the cover art for three of the pieces I want to release this year.  I’m going to have book covers!

I’ve been investigating email list management services (consistently people suggest AWeber), developing a product launch funnel (that pop up that asks: do you like my writing?  do you want to read more? sign up here for more information or another piece of the background story) and creating a bigger following and getting a bigger list.  This time around, I’m feeling more emotionally able to handle the process.  But if anyone has any good suggestions or experience, I’m open to suggestions.  Please leave me a comment!

On the writing side, my muse and I have come to an agreement.  I am taking ‘ WT: The Finder’ through HTTS with the new class (can you tell how excited I am?).  The new words are flowing and happy and feel right.  My character sheets are getting full, and that feeling of anticipation that comes with writing is flowing again.  There have been three thousand new words since I last blogged, and I know what comes next.

My inner editor is also happy because the substantial edits of ‘The Duodeca Project’ are finally underway.  My inner editor started with a bang.  He stomped his sharp boots and suggested strongly I change the title. ‘The Duodeca Conspiracy’ just has a better ring and better fits the plot of the story.  I have to agree with him.  What do you think dear reader?


About Eli Winfield, author

Fantasy, Science Fiction, Techno-Thriller, Paranormal Fantasy: life is too short for just one genre.
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