It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for all the insecure writers to get together and celebrate their awesomeness, encourage each other, and get ready for another month in the life of a writer.
The fabulous co-hosts this month (besides the awesome author whose site you’re on right now):
You are never alone…
February 5 question: Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?
I had to really think about this one… There’s this image of a cat I saw on Pinterest that made me think: “What if faery cats wore armour? Why would they?”
And I wrote the flash fiction piece “Working with Shadows” which I added to my book “The Fae Realm” after which I explain the folklore about the faery cat (Caìt Sìth). This will be very important as the Faery Tales series continues…
It’s a new decade. Which means that I reassess everything.
I’ve already cleared out the garage, outbuildings, animal enclosures, house, garden – keeping what works, adjusting as necessary, and getting rid of the clutter.
I’ve moved on to my author business.
After listening to a recent webinar by Nick Stephenson and Joanna Penn, I’ve decided to:
- finish my Faery Tales series and publish it all in 2020,
- reassess and redo my covers according to bestselling INDIE dark fantasy books,
- reassess and redo my blurbs,
- redo my blog posts about my books (check out what I’ve already done with one post),
- optimize keywords and categories on my books’ buy pages,
- get more reviews.
And after reading a couple of blog posts over on Bad Redhead Media, I decided to update my website:
- remove all messages that remotely look like “welcome to my site”,
- remove sidebars (they make your site look dated, new supersites don’t have them),
- make top menu stay in one line (too many choices confuse readers),
- remove all unnecessary stuff,
- have main brand colour palette consistent throughout.
Though I agree with Cait Reynolds about planners, I actually redid the way I usually do things and I’m more productive. (Now if only Eskom would stick to a loadshedding schedule and stop playing around with the power, I can actually accomplish all my goals!)
Part of my Project Evergreen, is my blogposts. For the April A-Z Challenge (this year, and the year after, and the year after…), I’m posting a folklore post for every letter of the alphabet.
Project Evergreen for my catalogue:
- I’m getting all of my books translated to Afrikaans and publishing them. (Most of this I do myself.)
- Each book gets a video trailer.
- Each book gets a blog post.
- Each book gets a special storyboard on Pinterest.
- And I’m already working on posts for a blogtour of my complete Faery Tales series for early 2021!
Did I mention that I’m also writing a couple of short stories for anthology competitions? It’s always good publicity to have your work in an anthology of authors in your genre.
As for taking care of my health:
I tried out Veganuary in January. Even for a vegetarian, it was a huge adjustment.
And I’m taking weekends off! Not so much as checking emails. (We’ll see how long that lasts…)
What about you: what have you done to improve your author business this decade? Has an image sparked a story idea for you? What was it? Have you tried going vegan?
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