I’m not sure what sort of writer you are, but I’m definitely a big chunk writer. I need time to GET into my writing world and time to STAY in my writing world (preferably without interruptions).
With the kids home this summer (they’re 11 and 10), that just isn’t happening. So I’ve pretty much written off getting any substantive work done on my MS. Fortunately, their return-to-school date is August 1st (believe me, I’m counting down the days).
Instead of writing, I have been focusing on other things that are still career-centered, but make it a bit easier for me to
handle interruptions switch gears.
Mark Dawson’s Self-Publishing Formula (SPF) Course
For those of you unfamiliar, Mark Dawson is a British writer who has put together some very thorough and detailed web courses on the ins and outs of self-publishing. It’s pricey and there are limited times during the year when you can sign up, but I think it’s well worth it. In addition to the typical nuts-and-bolts of self-publishing, he gives you some good tactical and strategic advice, such as about maximizing newsletter sign-up (both from your ebooks and your website), pros and cons of going narrow or wide, and launch strategies. All of his courses are one-cost-for-life, so you’re eligible for all course updates in the future.
I’m only about 25% through the course (even finding time for this — some of the modules are 30 minutes or more — has been challenging), but it’s so content-rich that I’ve set aside a separate Moleskine just for the juicy notes from this course.
Mark Dawson’s Ads for Authors
I’m probably a bit far away from needing the info in this one, but I figure it doesn’t hurt to at least be prepared. What I love about this course is that he covers ads for various platforms, including Facebook, Amazon, Bookbub, Messenger ads, Facebook Live, Pinterest, and more. Again, pricey course, but everyone I know who has taken it has said it was worth the price. Particularly given that it’s one-cost-for-life, so when Amazon or FB changes their algorithms and Mark updates the course, you can view them.
More details on Mark Dawson’s courses here.
Subject Matter Research
One thing I can definitely do during the summer is read. Instead of the usual summer beach fiction thing, I’ve been reading non-fiction books relevant to future stories I want to write. For example, one book is about the Regency period, another is about the horrible hospital conditions after Waterloo, and the third is about the history of black people in England. Heavy stuff, right? But it works. If nothing else, it gets my mind thinking about how to use what I learn in the book I’m currently writing, perhaps some ideas that I can throw in as teasers for the future books, and definitely to help frame these future stories in the real-world events of the time.
So, what have you been doing this summer? Are you pool-side, steeped in steamy reads? Working on your next book? Taking a break? Traveling?