AROW80 Check-In for 1/14/2015

I’ve started doing some typing! And I’ve been reading up on writing short stories, focusing mainly on structuring shorter fiction since for the last few years I’ve been working on writing longer works.  And…I’m not sure if this is a revision to my goals or a logical continuation from them but, well, here goes:

In the course of my readings, I stumbled across an article at Karen Woodward’s blog: How To Publish 52 Short Stories And 10 Collections Per Year, which outlines a plan devised by  Dean Wesley Smith in a post at his blog, called The New World of Publishing: Helping Readers Find Your Work.  The plan is based on making your stories more visible by publishing one short story per week (approximately 5,000 words) to Amazon.com. Then, bundling five weeks’ worth of stories into a collection for a slightly higher price point. The idea being that then, you have 52 stories and 10 collections in a year. And, if all goes well, by having a goodly number of works out on the market, you’ll be earning a tidy sum and building name recognition.

Granted, there are some givens here — you need to be writing good stories, plus you need to be able to produce professional looking books that are properly described and keyworded, etc.

I’ve been mulling this article around and around in my head for the last few days, ever since I originally read the article and…I think I would like to try it. Not immediately, since I don’t have any stories ready for sale, but I think this is something I would like to work toward. But, it brings up a question that I would like to put forward to the group: would it be better for a first-time writer, such as myself, to attempt to go the self-publishing route or to try for traditional publishing or would a combination of the two be better?  

I realize, this question/these questions are of a highly subjective nature but any and all thoughts and advice would be appreciated.

If I do attempt self-publishing, particularly along the lines of Dean Wesley Smith, I want to start off with a backlog of stories (my magic number is at least 13 — i.e. a quarter of a year). Of course, this would probably *also* be a goodly number of stories to have for sending out to traditional markets too, And, writing 13 stories should be a good, concrete way to build up the writing habit.

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AROW80 First Quarter Check-In: 1/7/2015

I’m back for another round! I inadvertently took a posting break last round, though I have still been working on my writing (which I’m pretty proud of, since all too often I have a tendency to get all ramped up and go like gangbusters and then, once the energy fades, I stop working).

This time around, I’m starting off with one simple goal for the month of January: finish a short story. The good news is, I have three or four stories that I’ve started, all set in the same fictional universe. What I need to work on is a) typing up what I’ve got done (since I do most of my writing by hand, my drafts can end up chaotic with sticky notes and extra pages inserted for changes and such), and b) finishing a story completely. From beginning to end.

Of course, it doesn’t help that last night, having determined that today would be the day I would sit down and start typing, I managed to cut up one of my fingertips so now I have one bandaged finger that is somewhat slowing me down — but I think I’ll get used to it with some work (and it sure as heck beats the alternative!).

In the plus column, it helps that I have an idea of how I want the story to turn out — and I like writing in the universe it’s set in.

Goals for February and March are as yet to be determined — and are dependent on me meeting my goal this month.

Other goal for this week is staying warm as the weather outside is frickin’ cold and looks to be staying that way until next week.

Hope you’re all having a good first week of the first round!

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