The Beauty of Row80

4 01 2012

By Julia Indigo/@juliaindigo

Today I discovered the beauty of Row80 – or perhaps just one of the beauties of it. I’ve been visiting my parents, and still recovering from my trip to Australia (I returned less than a week ago). Writing has not been at the top of my priority list… then I remembered that today is Weds, and the first Row80 check in day! O.M.G. LOL

While my Mom (a hale and hearty 81!) took a nap, I broke out the laptop and WROTE. Slowly – using the Dvorak keyboard as I promised. And in the process I realized that I definitely need to do more plotting away from the computer, so I went out and bought some colored note cards – I’m going to contact one of the world-famous Wordbitches, Elena Aitken of “Nothing Stays in Vegas” fame, and ask her how she storyboards. Actually, I think that she already wrote a post about that… so now I don’t need to ask her. Maybe I will anyway!

I blogged about my 2012 goals, and I’ve been on twitter off and on, being positive and helpful (helpful reminders from Kristen Lamb). So I’ve managed to stay on track for the first three days.

How are you doing with your Row80 goals… or your 2012 resolutions?

Links: Self-pub? or not?

21 12 2011

Shelli Johnson’s post on that little word ‘try’ stemmed from a lecture with a neurologist, who emphasized that the words we use affect our mood (and I’d add, health!).

Unlike saying you’re trying or will try,saying you’re doing or will be doing something equals commitment.

And what does that have to do with being a writer? “I’m trying to blog twice a week.” Yep. That’s what I’ve been trying to do since I’ve been on vacay… um. Yeah. You see the result! I haven’t blogged twice a week, because I didn’t make the commitment to do so. More on commitment when I join up #row80 in January.

On to self-publishing! Or not self-publishing! Or something!

I’ve enjoyed reading many differing points of view on self-pub – not that I have anything worth self-publishing right now, you understand – and I’m no closer to making any decisions, which is probably a good thing, as self-editing is not my strong suit.

Derek Haines’ lively blog gifts us with this post which documents his experience with offering a free e-book on Amazon. In short:

Be very prepared to receive a lot of bad reviews along with the good and understand that this is the price you will pay for offering your work to the world for free. Of course while most readers will understand it is a gift, there will be many who will not, and take pleasure in writing a venomous review.


Then the Synaxis Chronicles blessed us with a two-part post: Why it’s Foolish Not to Self-Publish.

The key to success used to be having your book prominently displayed in brick-and-mortar bookstores.  Let me tell you a secret:  That’s not even an issue anymore!  We’ve entered an era when a smaller and smaller percentage of books are sold in bookstores.  Think of it like this:  When was the last time you went down to a record store and bought a vinyl LP so you could listen to your favorite music?   See the point?  The same thing is now happening with books.

The post enumerates the problems with traditional publishing, and emphasizes the positive aspects of self-publishing.

I was heartened by Robin Sullivan’s post on the successes that mid-list authors are having with self-published e-book authors.

High volume combined with good revenue is providing self-published e-book authors five and six figure yearly incomes allowing them to quit their “day jobs” and make a living by doing what they love most–writing.

That’s just what I wanted to hear!

Roberta Trehan’s post on the New Media Melee follows on a post by Anne Allen on Amazon reader reviews- just go to the latter and read it first.

And so, after reading Anne’s blog post, I got to thinking — are there any strategies that we can trust, when it comes to author marketing? The answer is yes…

My fav tip is number 3: Just Because You Build It Doesn’t Mean That They Will Come

Do any of these posts resonate with you? Let me know in the comments. I’ll be around from time to time over the holiday, and much more after the New Year. Which brings me back to the first link: I won’t be trying to be around – I will be around!


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