Spark Tally!


I fell short again this week, but I’m still pleased with what I wrote. 8400 words, and I’m close to the end of another episode. After this one, only two more to go and I will have completed my first funnel. Hooray!

Funnels are talked about in Write. Publish. Repeat. Essentially, they’re a series of books. You offer the first one for free and collect several readers. You funnel them through to the end of the series and the ones that have stayed are hopefully your “true readers”.

Only a small percentage of readers who pick up the free one, go on to the end. Sometimes it depresses me, but every time I make a sale for a book later in the series, I’m really happy.

With this next series, I’m doing things a little differently. I’m going to release a short story for free with a link at the back to preorder the first in a new trilogy. I’ve never done preorders before, so I’m anxious to see if it helps sales.

I’ve really been enjoying the Free Form Fridays, but I thought I’d try and do my own post on Monday. Fingers crossed I actually get it posted :)

How did you do this week?

Spark Tally!

This was a busy week of editing. I had to rewrite a chapter and add a new one. So my word count is around 4000-5000.

Julie asked me a question about the book, which is the second in a series, that caused me to go back and glance through the first one. While glancing, I got the sneaking suspicion that it’s way better than the new one.

No! I can’t already be on the downslide of my writing career.

So now I’m rereading the whole book. Some things are better in the first of the series, but I’m also concentrating on different aspects in the second book. Each book is a stand-alone connected by one character and a coffee shop. It makes it hard for a direct comparison. I’ll be interested to see if it’s liked better than the first or not.

Do you ever go back and read an old story and wonder what happened to your writing? I have read an old story and thought, “I was a better writer back then than I percieved.” But this is the first time I’ve actually thought my writing was worse now. We’ll see how I feel after finishing the old book and doing the final read through of the new book.

How was your word count?