(But don’t worry. I have something in the wings for those of you who need to have an ongoing ‘challenge’ to keep you honest. I’ll tell you about it at the end of this week.)
I barely had time to peek at the Challenge site last week, because it turned out to be full of packing and exploring old boxes and throwing stuff out and organising pick-ups of unwanted furniture, etc etc etc (and going to see a performance of Peter Pan in which my eldest grandchild was a pirate (Friday night); a birthday party for another grandchild (Saturday afternoon) plus watching two others in their very first dance recital (Sunday afternoon) it’s a wonder I’m still standing.
HOWEVER… cleaning out years of stuff that has been stored and forgotten can be very rewarding. I’d given up on ever finding some of my old (finished) fiction that I wanted to turn into Kindle books… and then I found a box of old floppy disks. Eureka! But… I didn’t have a floppy disk drive any more! Until I tried eBay. I posted about it here, on the Write A Kindle Book blog.
I also downloaded and read two books for writers – I recommend you have a look at both. One was written for Indie authors, all about using Twitter for promotion: Giving the Bird: The Indie Author’s Guide to Twitter by Benjamin Wallace. It’s packed full of useful advice. The other is Be The Monkey: A conversation about the new world of publishing by Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath. I’ll do reviews for both of these on my Kindle book site later in the week, but go and read excerpts on Amazon now – especially Be the Monkey. You’ll find out exactly why Barry Eisler knocked back a two-book contract worth HALF A MILLION dollars in favour of publishing with Kindle.
(Note: the book images below are not clickable links. They just show you what the covers look like. Use the links in the paragraph above to check out the books on the Amazon site.)
Since I was smart enough last week to write down goals for the last TWO weeks, not last week, I’m actually not behind! Hah. Tomorrow I have to sit around for an indefinite period waiting for a local charity to pick up unwanted furniture, so I’m planning on doing a lot of work at the computer then.
Over to you, guys… what do you want to achieve in this last week?