So When’s the Book Coming Out? #ROW80 Update

My Goal: 1 hour, but minimum 30min of writing fiction during workdays and 2 hours any day I’m not working.

After all the baby steps I’ve been taking, I think finishing my debut is about to be kicked into high gear. I came to this conclusion because of how well things are going for me on social media.

The past few weeks I’ve been trying out tips I’ve gotten from Kait and from reading Kristen Lamb‘s blog.  ROW80ers, if you’re not subscribed to this blog, IT IS A MUST.  And so it doesn’t come as a surprise, anytime I mention Kristen on this blog, I’ll follow the mention with a similar decree to read her blog until you guys start commenting, “We’re reading it!  Enough already!”.

So now that we’re clear on that . . .

Kait and Kristen’s advice has made it easier for me to be social on twitter and start conversions.  This is a personal weakness of mine.  When the topic moves to what I’m writing and I give my tweet sized synopsis, I’m surprised at how positive the response is.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my story and am thrilled others are looking forward to it, but I guess after keeping what I’ve been doing to myself for so long, outside excitement takes some getting used to.  Check that off in the GOOD problem column.

Besides the twitter chats, readers of this blog have expressed interest and most recently when I was interviewed on Draven Ames’s blog, his commenters were enthused.  All this happy talk leads to the obvious question.

When’s the book coming out?

Argh!  I have no idea.  I’m thinking in the Fall, but I cap off that prediction with a big MAYBE.  Some of my reasons are my learning curve for self-publishing because I know there are many steps and the last thing I want to do is put out a book that feeds the stereotype of poorly written indie books.  And if I want to be totally honest with myself, maybe I’m not putting as much energy as I should be to getting the book completed.  I’ve definitely improved my work ethic because I’ve made more progress since ROW80 started than ever.  The community thing works well for me.  I plan to pre-order tickets for round two.

What all this means is I’m making the biggest change in my writerly journey.  The writing comes first.  Period.  As I’ve said before, my computer access is limited to when I’m home, which isn’t always much time.  For those small pockets of time, I will write.  Not, I’ll check my email and see what’s up on twitter.  Not, I’m going to blog hop all over the world.  Not any of it.  No, I’m not turning my back on social media, but some nights, I’m not going to be able to get to it.

For awhile, I thought the internet was going to forget me.  Why, I can’t say.  The logic couldn’t be dopier.  Oh,well.  That was then.  All the awesome people I’ve connected with will still be there if I’m away for a day or two.  So for the foreseeable future, my social media presence will be intermittent at times.  Take tonight for example.  After work I have a date night planned with my wife and after we get back I’ll write.  If there’s time when I’m done, I’ll see what’s up in the triple W.  To all my readers leaving me comments, if I miss you tonight, I’ll get you on Thursday.  Promise.

I’m excited.  It feels like since I made my first goal to become a more organized writer, I’m taking the first BIG step towards that goal.  I’d really like to be able to answer the question in this title with a date rather than “Argh!”.

The linky for fellow ROW80ers.

Info Stuff- Follow my ROW80 progress every Wednesday and Sunday and for the month of February, Tuesdays and Thursdays will be devoted to my Love series.  Eight loves that have shaped me into the writer I am.

Want more of me?  Head over to Draven Ames‘s blog for an interview I did with him.  We talk Buffy, zombies and bunch of other cool topics.

12 comments on “So When’s the Book Coming Out? #ROW80 Update

  1. Is it wrong that I just get super excited when I help people organize? Making writing a priority is so SO important when it comes to making a career out of this, and I’m thrilled to see you making that shift!

  2. I’ve come to the conclusion that I follow way too many blogs, get sucked into forums way too easily and waste more time being lost on facebook and twitter than anything else. I’m all for stepping away from the social media.

    Maybe you could try to publish and experiment first btw. (Like me!) I can’t tell you how many things I’ve learned this past year and all because I decided to upload some short stories first. I still haven’t uploaded a novel and I’m really thankful I didn’t – I’ve learned so, so much along the way. Whatever you do, good luck with it.

    • That’s an idea. I’ve never been able to write a short story. I get too into what I’m writing and the story gets longer and longer, but it is a worthwhile skill to have. If I do go for the novel first, I’ll add you to my list of advice givers. Thanks!

  3. Congrats on evolving into a writer. My productivity’s vastly improved since row80 came along. May it continue for both of us.

    • That’s awesome about your productivity. Three cheers for Kait!

      Last night after dinner I did some writing and then popped in on twitter for a bit. I’ll tell you, it felt so good because I didn’t have that icky feeling that I was wasting time being social. It’s the way to go.

  4. I can’t wait to read your book when it does come out. But don’t ever push yourself to the point where you publish before you’re ready. It sounds like you’re starting to feel like a real author!

    • Yep. I’m getting all growedz up as an author. But I’ll NEVER put this book until I and many, many people agree that it’s ready. I just know if I get my ass in gear, I can at least have a more concrete idea of when my takeover of urban fantasy will begin.

  5. One thing about ROW80 is that it has introduced to new to me writers and debut authors. Looking forward to reading your book however you decide to publish it. Kait is slowly rubbing off of me with the independent publishing thing. I haven’t been too big with social media, but slowly getting back into it. I was on twitter for a while, but guess I was following the wrong folks and didn’t get much out of it. Read Kristen’s blog (now a new follower – thanks) and because I’ve been giving it a lot of thought lately, signed back up for twitter. Hopefully the social media thing will work better this time around. My new handle ‘robnmccormack’

    • That great Robin! I’m following. And how about three more cheers for Kait!

      I had the same experience as you my first time with twitter. The next time I tried, I had the benefit of having friends found through their blogs to get me started and it worked out much better. I think the same will happen for you.

  6. Congrats on the progress! It must be really exciting to be so close to finishing the story. I’m still a long way off with mine. Facebook and Twitter eat a fair bit of my time but the main issue will be when I start back at uni in a week and a half…
    I too am finding that ROW80 is making me more productive. I think it’s because of the constant interaction with other writers, it motivates me to do better so that I can hold my head high (and so Judgemental Dog won’t bite me O_o haha)
    Keep up the good work 😀

    • I agree. Everyone here has had their off weeks, but when someone has an awesome one, it really gets me excited to write so I have an equally awesome update to share. And I too don’t want Judgemental Dog to bite me. I feel like he’s always watching and judging now that he’s on twitter.

      I hope you can work you’re writing schedule around school when it starts up. We’re all here to cheer you on!

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