|Setting some goals and getting confused.|
Production goals are pretty simple things.
What would I like to make and when would I like to make it?
In order for that to happen, what work, preparation or construction, administrative or research, do I need to do and when do I need to do it?
For starters, I would like to have a completed first draft of my twelfth novel by October 1, my originally stated goal. It is true I wrote 28,669 words in thirteen days beginning Sept. 1/13 and it is also true that a novel is a minimum of 60,000 words and that my deadlines are self-imposed.
I don’t know, I think I just burned out on that one for a while.
I don’t like things hanging over my head by a thread, like the semi-famous sword of Damocles. I took the last few days to do other things. So far, I’ve upgraded the marketing image for The Clone, published Repalatron Raceway and something else, I forget what! I’d have to go look.
In terms of force multiplication theory, what you want to do is to make every soldier do double duty. Your soldiers have better weapons and better training. (You are an army of one. – ed.)
I am five people, -- ed.
You get much more firepower out of them. This is important in battle, because you want to win.
In terms of a story, by publishing it in another language, for example French, you get to use the same marketing image twice, and since they cost money, that’s a consideration. You’re also producing work faster, and publishing more often, important in gaming the ‘passive discoverability’ algorithms.
These exist in two forms, machine and biological. (Biological includes other people as well as your own internal biology. You want to improve your own performance as well, right?
The basic premise here is that the more stuff you have out, the easier it is to buy a book from you!
I kid you not, especially if you’re camping out in as many genres as you can manage.
If it took two hours to write a story, a translation takes more like forty minutes. Also, they’re not so critical—you can let them simmer on the back-burner while doing other stuff. You get to keep twice as busy, and in business as in life this is a good thing most of the time. Because some days you just can’t write and we all get that from time to time. This is a good time to develop your already existing products.
So I need some production goals. In fact, I was thinking of taking a page out of Dean Wesley Smith’s book and writing a list. Seriously, I’m going so fast here I get confused sometimes. The other day I typed the wrong author’s name into the publication data on Amazon, and to compound the error that was the wrong book file, too. I did catch it in time, so it wasn’t that serious.
It might be handy to have a list, one where you can literally line things up in sequential order and then check them off in sequential order. NASA does it, and you can too. Right?
For today, I need a blog post, and voila! One magically appeared, like it was some kind of bun in the oven whose time had come.
I need a marketing image for The Stud Farm because that one’s been around so long it’s got stretch marks on its lips…I’m kidding, ladies and gentlemen.
One more face-lift, and that book’s going to have to start looking for a good razor. That’s all I’m saying, ladies and gentlemen.
I have two more translations ready to go. One needs an ISBN, and voila! Holy Schmoley, I must have remembered to order another block of ten yesterday. Need I say more? Those two files are ready to go, with images and everything, even. I can load them up when I’m comfortable doing so, like after one more read for bits and pieces of French grammar and spelling.
Are you with me, Moriarity?
The Evil Dr. Schmitt-Rottluff sends his regards, incidentally, before I forget.
So what else do I need:
A marketing image for my third short story collection. The second one’s in the bag (Engines of Creation) and in fact that one is locked and loaded, right in the launching platform, on both Amazon and SW. The two Frenchies are not uploaded yet. It takes five to six hours to assemble a collection, format it, do the admin stuff, (ISBN and image searches) and there you have it.
I could sure use 1,000 words on my novel today.
A new marketing image for The Case of the Curious Killers, in fact most of the old titles.
A POD of collections #2 and #3. A POD of Core Values, which I have never gotten around to.
I would like to focus on short stories during November.
Sounds to me like I’m busy enough for the next six weeks. If I can get novel #12 out, on or about October 1/13, then it’s likely to be in all or most stores by Christmas week. That’s a rational goal.
A marketing image and ISBN for the new mystery (book #12 career-wise.)
I probably have enough material for collection #4, but that one can wait for a rainy day.
More short stories published as stand-alone titles.
Figure out what the hell I’m going to do for novel #13.
Writing in Public. Dean Wesley Smith.
Okay, I just published this, too:
The Healer. Louis Shalako
This one is more suitable for the younger readers, as is Repelatron Raceway. When I get enough of them, I’ll link them in a series, the name of which is yet to be determined.