Closing Out The Old Year

Having finally published my aunt’s wartime diary, Annie’s War, and got past all the distractions of the Christmas celebrations, I’m now once again writing daily with some hope of making progress. Slow, but progress.

The Modest Proposal Institute book 4 doesn’t have a title yet but it is taking shape. Maybe a title will come from the writing — who knows, anything is possible. My plan says it must be done by March 31, 2020 so I can’t procrastinate any longer. As soon as New Year is over, I’ll really fly — I hope.

For now, I’ll wish all of you Happy New Year and all the best for 2020. If you’re planning to stay home with a good book, or a series of books, why not go to my Amazon Author Page and buy the first three volumes of The Modest Proposal Institute.

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A Good News Post

Last week, I wrote about my ‘business plan’ for 2020. It’s finished! I’ve also mentioned in the past the difficulties around getting my aunt’s diary published and, now, it’s finished. My plot plan for The Modest Proposal Institute series Book 4 is also finished (except for the constant updates that it will endure going forward, of course). That’s quite a bit of good news for one post so, before I get too carried away in the festive spirit, I’ll admit the actual writing of Book 4 isn’t going forward at the thousand words per day my plan for next year proposes. Still, it isn’t actually next year so it isn’t a problem — yet:-)

If you’d like to know more about my other books, Diary of a Canadian Nobody, Random Musings, and Annie’s War: the Diary of a World War 2 Nurse, checkout my Amazon Author Page here.

And finally, Happy Holidays to you, whatever those holidays may be.

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Author Business Planning

When I worked, one of the least enjoyable jobs was creating the company’s annual Business Plan for the next year. It always involved arguments between those who wanted stuff, those who needed stuff, and in the end how to share out stuff among the different departments assuming our company sold as much next year as it did this. The one thing the Business Plan did was to unite everyone against management who had the task of drawing the lines.

As an Independent Author, however, I still do a Business Plan but without all the acrimony so it’s pretty well a happy exercise. The only problem comes at the end of the year when I find I haven’t ‘quite’ sold the ‘million books at full-price’ my 2019 plan was based on. Solving that problem, however, is ridiculously easy. I just don’t compare 2019 results to the 2019 plan and spend my time building next year’s plan instead, which is what I’m doing this weekend. Still, if you want to help me achieve those million sales, you can buy any (or even all) of my books at my Amazon Author Page.

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Back To Normal (Almost)

And by ‘normal’ I mean me procrastinating over writing Book 4 of The Modest Proposal Institute series. In theory, I could write 1,000 words per day and be finished in 50 days. In  practice I write a thousand words, ‘unwrite’ 900 words, and then add another 300 words I’ll ‘unwrite’ tomorrow. As I’ve said before, this authoring business isn’t for the fainthearted. It takes a million words to turn out a 50k word novel. What is particularly annoying is I have great ideas for my NEXT book when what I need is more great ideas for this one.

Equally annoying is the slow progress on getting my aunt’s World War 2 diary finished. Amazon and I have been working at cross purposes on the paperback version for some time now, which has meant revising and re-uploading even the ebook version. However, an Author Copy of the paperback is winging its way to me even as we speak and, provided there are no obvious problems with it, I should be finished with this book by the middle of next week.  For those of you interested in buying any of my books, you can find them at my Amazon Author Page. Read them all with a nice cup of tea or coffee:-)

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