Coming Soon! A Sneak Peek of The Fixer: The Naked Man
March 18, 2015Hi Everyone!
Let's get right to the important stuff first. It's time for a sneak peek of Chapter 1 of The Fixer: The Naked Man. I'm so excited to share and I haven't been sick to my stomach with nerves in a good long time so let's do this! Okay, what you need to know:
What: The Fixer: The Naked Man Sneak Peek
When: Saturday, March 21, 2015
What Time: 11:00 p.m. (Please don't ask me why, I don't know, it seemed like a good idea)
Newsletter subscribers will receive it before Saturday at 11 so be on the lookout for that email coming soon!
Okay, important stuff done. Now, let me tell you what's going on. The Fixer: The Naked Man isn't the only thing that's been happening. Nope. In a fit of inspiration, I finished a full handwritten draft of the second book in the series. But wait: there's more. I started writing scenes for the third book in the series. Is that all? That's a negative. I'm so attached to these characters, I'm sketching out scenes in later books.
Is this good or bad? Depends on the writer you ask. Some never want to know what's coming; it takes the fun out of the writing journey. I'm a McKee girl, myself. He's an advocate for knowing your end game, up or down, positive or negative. The fun is using all your powers of creativity to craft the story to get there.
With all the writing I've been doing (and loving it) I still wonder a) how long it will last and b) am I getting to the point in the process when writers are so deep in their heads with their story (I am) they either start binge watching tv to turn off their brain (check) or they drink (not there yet. Give me time).
I've written in previous posts about my past creative drought, the doubts, second guessing, and general mind numbing anxiety that shut down my writing for a few years. Believe me, I'm thrilled and relieved to be engaged, all in, with this project. I'm attached to these characters, invested in the story, completely committed to seeing this series done. Yay for creative commitment!
Until....once again, I realize that in all of this excitement over my creative baby that there is one little issue.
No one else is attached to this story. 99.99% of the reading community doesn't know it exists.
AND I HAVE ZERO KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL IN THE AREA OF MARKETING.
I admit it. I'm a marketing moron, a newb, a foundling, hopelessly flummoxed by the idea of mass advertising in order to introduce my book to readers. Twitter analytics? Adwords? Blog tours? Page likes? Hashtags???
Clueless. (Okay, to be fair, I know what a hashtag is).
I did read that the recommendation for writers is write 70% and market 30%. Right now I'm writing 100% and marketing 0% (scratch that, I'm taking 5% for this blog post).
I guess I need a goal too, you know, how many readers do I hope to introduce to The Fixer series (that's more of a question than a statement. Don't I need to do that?)
So it's time to introduce Katerina Mills and the beginning of her strange, exciting, and dangerous journey as a fixer.
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If you like the sneak peek, please pass that along as well.
I thank you.
There's nothing more hopeful, exciting, and frightening all at the same time than the waiting and the hoping that readers will discover your characters and love them as much as you do.
Until next time when I dive into the deep end of the Pinterest pool to consider the question: do you post pictures of the actors who are the inspiration for your characters?
Take care everyone. ...