Writing Expansion






The last several weeks have been full of me trying out a few new things. I’m nothing if not curious. Amazon has a program called KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) where you can enroll your book(s) for extra intra-Amazon marketing. The catch is you can’t have the book listed anywhere else, such as Smashwords. Since I used both Smashwords and Amazon, I never enrolled in the program. I decided to switch things up and pulled The Monster Within off Smashwords and enrolled it in KDP for 3 months. The results – nada. So it appears that their internal marketing isn’t all that they hype it to be. But I learned some more things about how Amazon works as a result. Win.

Based on the recommendation of another Maine writer, I joined the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. I still have to set up my author page with them and do some other stuff to have my profile listed, but I haven’t had a chance to do any of that yet. They offer some internal and external marketing, but again, no time to sort that out yet. Still, the correspondence I’ve been getting from them thus far has been nice and professional. Pretty sure this one will turn out to be a win too.

I started David Mamet’s Master Class online and have been chipping away at that. It’s been really neat, and I’ve gotten some good nuggets out of the courses I’ve done thus far. I’ve also been re-reading The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne and always come away with something new I either didn’t pick up before or forgot. Yep, win.

I recently read All Systems Red, a scifi novella by Martha Wells. I devoured this book in 3 nights, and it only took me that long because I forced myself to put it down and go to bed. I have since ordered the print version so I can re-read it. This is the first book in The Murderbot Diaries, and I can’t wait for the others coming out later this year. If you like scifi and don’t mind a few f-bombs in your reading, I recommend this one. Great book that will keep on giving.

Bonus round: I went to Boston this weekend for the New England Book Festival to pick up my award for The Monster Within.

So with all these great things there remains a persistent negative looming around the corner. I am STILL working on the house after 8 or 9 months of remodeling and painting. It’s such a time sink it’s obnoxious. I get cranky when I don’t get my usual doses of writing time. The good news I guess is that because I’m so sick of working on the house, I’m super motivated to get the damn thing finished so I can sell it and get it out of my hair that much sooner. Fingers crossed.

2 thoughts on “Writing Expansion

  1. Walter H

    Though I’ve been in an output dearth as of late, I read (listened, actually) to “Take Off Your Pants” by Libbie Hawker and it’s totally changed how I think not only about writing, but outlining. I’m getting back into writing now, and when I finish the present tense to past tense mod, I’m going to go through again and make the changes that I got from Pants. It makes so much sense – but I didn’t think about it before.

    Good luck on the remodel!

    1. Cheryl C Post author

      Walter!!! Hello! 🙂 Yeah, I cannot write by pantsing. Well, I can, but it’s awful. I do much better by outlining, and that process itself has evolved into digging the outline a bit deeper instead of keeping it high level. I’m now hooked on using a “string of pearls” method I first heard about via Art Holcomb. It’s labor intensive up front, but it makes the writing part later practically a breeze.

      Thanks for the good luck wishes on the house. That thing is about to make me insane!


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