First, a very very happy New Year to you all. It’s been a pleasure keeping you all up to date via my missives. Well, not always a complete pleasure. Sometimes … and we’ll come onto the title in a second … it just another thing I have to do. But I made myself a promise that once we’d finished our first major trip abroad (Oct 14 to Apr 15), where I penned every day, I would post biweekly. And I have done that religiously. Much to, I guess, a considerable degree of boredom on you part. Thanks for bearing with me.
The title is true. As at today, since I first started penning the blog I have written/published over 1,000,000 words and when I publish book 6 (still no title, grrr) I will be getting close to 1.5 million. It works like this: one year posting the blog every day – average of 750 words = 270,000 words. Then twice a week for the next four and a half years (at least 500 words per post = 234,000 words). Five books at an average of 120,000 words each = 600,000. If you ignore the latest, book 6, which sits at 127,000 words, the grand total still stands at 1,100,000 words.
I think that’s a lot of words. Breathes in. And out again.
So what? 2020 is the year that I either break into something bigger – and for those of you who follow me know that’s 10 books a day, 3,500 books a year. Or I accept the fact that I’m writing for a small cliche of people who like my stuff, but clearly don’t tell their friends. And I’m happy with that. As a result the first half of 2020 looks like this: reread Unsuspecting Hero and On The Back Foot To Hell (I’m half way through UH). Why? Because they were the last two books I’ve penned – UH, of course, was a rewrite. And I want them to be as good as they can be. I will have finished this by the time we leave Chatel in a couple of weeks. Then three things are going to happen simultaneously. First I start the edit cycle of book 6, ready for a July launch. Second I have consultancy work to do, which I intend to keep going. Third, I’m going to market the series. Exactly how, I’m not yet sure. But if I look at it as though it’s work and put some money to one side (in my head that = £1000, not a great deal but I’m not Barnes and Noble), then I will do something. The ambition is to make as much money in book sales as I spend on marketing.
Come July we’ll know whether or not the plan works. And I’ll also know if book 6 is the same calibre of the other 5. I will, of course, keep you posted.
Finally. We have had a fabulous first three days here in Chatel. we’ve walked up a blooming big hill using the snow shoes we bought with Mum’s Christmas money (thanks Mum). And today we’ve skied. Well, we bought a ‘Happy Ski’, which is an hour and a half’s skiing from 3pm. Each card cost 18 Euros (about £15). The alternative is a 5-hour pass (our usual) which is 38 Euros (about £35). All day passes for the Chatel area are 44 Euros (about £40). As you can see, it’s an expensive business.
We’ve started slow because, first, we can. And second we’re still in the midst of the Christmas holidays and it’s blooming busy. It will get less so from Saturday. That still gives us two weeks on the slopes (hurrah!).
Anyhow, must get back to my reading. Again, thanks for sticking with me. I hope we all keep in touch in 2020 – the year of the book marketing project!