Orders of Business: Editing, Promotion, and PR. Oh MAI!

So very many things to discuss today. The first would be my next entry in the ongoing series about the ancient world of the Among the Dead series, which I’m aiming to have ready for Monday. While I won’t apologize for my schedule, I will say that I had hoped to get three entries up this week. Obviously, that hasn’t happened. I’m a little disappointed about it, but this has been a crazy week full of medical tests and classes and whatnot. So I’m being gentle with myself. Hopefully you can be as well.

The most exciting thing that I have to talk about is that I’ve worked out a deal for some PR representation for Room 3. I’ll talk some more about the details in the coming weeks, but I’ve realized that, as important as marketing is for indie authors these days, I’m just not a marketer. Oh, sure, I think I could do it, but the question really is – do I want to do it? No. I’d much rather be working on my next book. For awhile I had thought about just letting the books speak for themselves, but in the end that didn’t seem to be the best choice, either. I would like to get some kind of a message out there, so it seemed that hiring someone else to do the heavy lifting might be a good solution. Once we’ve worked out the details I’ll talk a lot more about it, but I’m very excited.

Next order of business, I’m participating in a kickin’ rad promotion, starting on Sunday. You can show some indie authors (including myself) a little love and maybe win some stuff. I’m not normally a big fan of giveaways and such, but this one seemed really unique, and it’s stuffed to the gills with authors that I know and respect, so I had to get in on it. Check it out, here’s the semi-official information:

Win a Kindle Fire and Amazon Gift Card

How? Easy peasy. Head on over to winwithebooks.com or the Facebook fanpageand follow the directions on the Rafflecopter. Check back daily for 50 extra chances to win.

Please note: *no purchase necessary*. That’s right, we’re legal.

Here’s how you can enter, and the number of entries for each action:

+1 Tweet about the giveaway
+1 Like winwithebooks on FB
+25 for each $.99 book (listed on the site) that a person buys
+1 sign up for the winwithebooks newsletter
+10 email your post about the event to winwithebooks@yahoo.com
+5 email a direct link to your review anywhere to winwithebooks@yhaoo.com

I’ll repost all this stuff on the 12th through the 15th, so no worries about losing the info. I’d definitely appreciate it if you could get out there and at least show some love on Twitter or Facebook. The more folks that know about this, the more we can spread the word about indie publishing, and etc. etc. It’s good for the soul, don’t you know?

Other items…initial draft on the whole City of the Dead preview package/Kindle Single/etc. is almost finished. It’ll go on the back-burner soon, as I’ve just dove headlong into editing Room 3, but it’s good to have that ready. It also means I’ll have close to 8,000 words for City simmering into a fine consistency in the back of my mind. Scrivener work is ongoing for that plot, but I don’t see a reason why I couldn’t start devoting my full attention to the work sometime in the middle of March. It’s all dependent on my editor’s schedule, being the fickle creatures that nature has made them.

Not going to lie, it’s been slow going of late. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I focus on getting 10,000 words written on a weekly basis. I take pride in that, and it’s helped shape me as a writer like no other practice. The problem is the absolute insanity that’s going on in the personal life. All good stuff, nothing to worry about, but my concentration has been…wanting, for lack of a better word. It only hit me last night how laconic I’ve been in my work, so I’m ready to get back on the horse, at least for this week. The week of the 20th will be a different story altogether, but we’ll cross that synapse when we get there.

I guess my message in all of this is hang in there – there’s some good stuff coming down the pike, just a little slower than I might have liked.

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  1. In the classic film, Jurassic Park, Ian Malcolm says that life finds a way. When you are a writer, life gets in the way!! Lol!
    Congratulations and much success with what you’ve got cooking, Jonathan. I’m awaiting the edits on my second book which should happen any day now. Then it will get hectic as we work to meet a hard deadline. It’s crazy how thin we stretch ourselves, isn’t it?


  2. Oh my goodness, I absolutely get what you and James are saying. I came home from work sobbing yesterday because I have so little emotional resilience and physical energy left by the end of the week. It takes very little to put in me in full-on overwrought mode. The thing is, I don’t want to let my writing slip b/c The Man is on my case or my Day Job is tough. That’s why I get up psycho early to do my writing, otherwise the rest of my life would drain all of my creativity and emotional energy.

    I’ll be interested to hear how the PR goes – I’m excited for you!

    Oh, one of the things I’ve been throwing in my melting-pot balancing-act is my review of The Corridors of the Dead. I’m about half-way there & hope to post it on my blog next week. I’ll be sure to let you know!

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