I HATE block.
I have been working for the past couple of weeks on a prequel story that I’ll be giving away for free to introduce the series to new readers. I say that I’ve been working on it but the truth is that I have been staring at half a story and the utter inability to put the words that are in my head down on paper.
This has become something of a major problem for me. I have been told to just set this aside for a while and go on to something else – that it will pass and I’ll be back into the swing of things. Well, that has proven to be no good. I have set it aside with the thought that maybe I can work on book 3 for a while.
BAM! Head butt right into a block.
So, I put all the writing aside and tried to find other things to keep me occupied. Things like talking to my “imaginary” friends online, play games, read and this weekends offering, a Walking Dead marathon on Netflix. Nothing has really worked. I can’t really enjoy any of it as in the back of my mind is the sneaky little thought that I’m wasting time when I should be working on writing.
So what do I have to show for it?
Frustration and a new addiction to AMC’s Walking Dead.
It’s now been three weeks since I’ve published Shattered Dreams. Since then I have watched a slow steady trickle of sales through Amazon.com and none through Barnes & Noble or Smashwords though there have been 28 sample downloads with Smashwords. That has me thinking that I should try the Amazon select option that will list my book with them exclusively for 3 months but also they will push and promote it some. The jury is still out on that. I have noticed that since putting up the new blurb, I’m had more sales.
I’ve been frantically working at putting together a free prequel for the series. It’ll be a short story that explains how Sapphire Lake pack came to be. Though set hundreds of years in the past and a stand alone piece, I’m planning on including a chapter of book 1 at the end. I’m wanting to use this as a lure to pull new readers into the series.
In addition, I’ve started on Book 3 (currently unnamed) that will center around Rachel and her mate. I already know the plot for this one and I’m afraid some people may be a bit upset. Yes, not everyone is going to make it out of this one unscathed, but sacrifices are sometimes necessary. Will your favorite characters survive? We’ll see.
Broken Melody is still being edited and is on schedule for publication by the end of this year. I had thought that it would be January, but it’s looking more like December. I’m really anxious to see how it does as my beta readers have assured me that it is the better of the two books and their all around favorite.
This is the cover that my good friend, Kevin (who created my first cover) did based on my idea. I think he really nailed it. Comments?