Well, tonight I’m not feeling the best. I had to cancel some gaming I was hosting, which sucks as I was really looking forward to it. However, I have managed to write up this blog and do some profile updates whilst the meds hopefully do there work to convince my guts that being sick is not a good career path.
As the title says, I need to blog more often. I’ve started to realize the potential of blogging.
Blogging is supposed to inform people of what I’m up to; that bit I’ve gotten right. Via this blog in its various forms across websites and forums, I’ve kept everyone up to date on what I’ve been doing on the writing front; word counts, plot plans, book plans, character interactions and all that other good stuff.
I’ve also occasionally posted up short stories to give you a little something extra to take a look through and get a glimpse of just what goes on in this dangerous mind of mine.
What I haven’t done is promoted any particular discussion, or informed on techniques used in my writing. I’ve been talking about writing stories but not prompted anyone’s individual thoughts on writing. I’ve proposed characters but not encouraged any engagement on them. In essence, I need to get people talking instead of just reading a blog post and forgetting about it.
Fortunately, a lot of very talented ebook writers and bloggers have helped immensely in advising on just how to do this and get more from book blogging. That, and they’ve been a great help in improving my various internet profiles.
An example of good blogging is this post from an interview with the author of ‘Wool’, currently one of the most popular ebooks ever.
It can be found here = http://writerunboxed.com/2013/09/23/the-year-of-the-reader-how-one-successful-indie-author-marketed-his-work-up-the-bestseller-lists/
Then there’s the advise I got from members of the Createspace community. I’d like to publicly thank Eric from the createspace forums / blogs for helping me improve the next few links to my profiles (his own link is http://ericvanderhope.com/ please visit!)
My LinkedIn profile is now = uk.linkedin.com/in/jgcully
Much easier to remember I think you’ll agree.
My good reads profile is now = http://www.goodreads.com/jgcully
Again, much easier to remember and quote.
And he even helped me update my Author pages on Amazon too!
Amazon.com = http://www.amazon.com/author/jgcully
Amazon.co.uk = http://www.amazon.co.uk/JG-Cully/e/B00AJ3LPA2/
They now look a lot tidier and go directly to my internet pages on these sites. Thanks again Eric!
Now for some news. As of today I have officially started writing ‘Tales of Larrick City’. It’s format will be a departure from the last two Haldred Chronicles books as this one is going to be a short story compendium and glossary of the series. It’s also going to be a departure from a price point of view too, because when it’s released it will be free! It will give me an excuse to try a few different writing styles and experiment more, as well as filling in some nice additional detail on characters and the Haldred Chronicle’s background.
In addition, I have decided that I will write book 4 as part of the November Novel Writing Month competition held by The Office of Letters and Light (www.nanowrimo.org). This competition is the reason ‘Alyssa’ was finished and published in the first instance, so it will be good to get back to it.
This should mean that I will have at least the first drafts of my next 2 books done by the end of November. It’s ambitious but I’m going to try as a little extra work at the start of the process makes all the difference.
So there we have it. New ideas about blogging, new internet profiles on websites across the board and new plans for the future. Lots happening! Till next time everyone (when I hope to be updating as a much healthier individual).