Wren 4 Finished! & FB experiments – 2020 Writing Week 20

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This week I set out to finish Wren book 4, now titled Ghosts, and I succeeded! It has left me feeling pretty shattered. There were quite a few surprises through the end. It does all kinds of unexpected things, and I have a lot of sympathy for poor old Christopher Wren. He’s more broken now than ever. Next up is book 5! Goal is to at least write that, maybe even book 6 by the end of 2020, if I can get really going. Hmm – I thought I’d have more to say, but it would all be spoilers. So, …

Wren post-TWW rewrites – 2020 Writing Week 19.5

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This last Saturday I woke up at 4:40 am to attend the Tokyo Writer’s Workshop Zoom meeting – a critique group I used to be a part of 6 years ago, when I lived in Tokyo. I was invited back by my friend Matt Finn, was psyched, and blearily got all set up for the 5am start time at the dining table. Only to find out I’d got the wrong day. D’oh! It was on Sunday. I went back to bed. Sunday morning at 4:40am I woke up, went to the dining table, and set up for the call. This …

Wren words, editing Su’s book & A-B testing – 2020 Writing Week 19

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Last week this time I was at 55,000 words on Ghosts, the 4th Chris Wren thriller. Now I’m at 69,000. That’s 14,000 words across the 7 days, 2,000 words a day- pretty nice going really. It started hard, though. I didn’t write on the weekend, and then Monday felt kind of like a lost day as I tried to figure out the precise next step. When I put the book down the Thursday before, it was with a twist I hadn’t at all expected coming. It felt right though. Making it work, however, felt like scrambling to backfilling one of …

Wren sales boost & Bookbub – 2020 Writing Week 18

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Week in summary: I hit the promised goal of 55,000 words on Wren book 4 by Friday. Great! I got a Bookbub on The Last Mayor box set. Great! I actually made some decent sales of Saint Justice. Great! There was a nice chunk of good news this week. The biggest would probably appear to be the Bookbub – but I’m feeling the strong day of sales for Saint Justice more closely. More on each of these: Bookbub Bookbub are the #1 email newsletter promotion tool for authors. They have millions of readers on their newsletter lists, divided by genre. …

Wren likeability & covers – 2020 Writing Week 16/17

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This past 2 weeks (I totally lost track of time – the days just meld into one long smoosh now – but a smoosh that included my 40th birthday – hurray!) I somehow got sidetracked onto reworking Saint Justice. It was probably started by some bad reviews, or maybe a sense that my readthrough from book 1 to book 2 wasn’t as high as I’d liked. I started asking people if Wren was likeable or not. I got lots of answers. Here’s what people said: He’s not relatable. He’s a cult survivor, cult leader, fentanyl/booze addict commando. There is no …