Wren through the roof – Writing Wk8 2021

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This week has been epic in sales. I’m not ready to talk turkey (details) as I’m wholly aware all this could go away as swiftly as it sprang up. That’s happened before. I sold big, didn’t know why, and it just disappeared. This hasn’t disappeared yet. Here’s some sense of what I’m looking at, with actual numbers removed: It’s heart attack territory, really. Whenever I see the chart rising, I get a mega adrenaline spike. Worries that it’ll disappear, or that it’ll lead to a flood of negative reviews that throttle future sales, or somebody will figure out this shouldn’t …

Wren readthrough at 50%! – Writing Wk7 2021

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I’ve been blah-blahing about the importance of readthrough for many months now – keep on editing Wren to try and get more people to enjoy book 1 enough to read book 2 and onward. Well, maybe I have hit it. I’m wary to draw broader conclusions, but figures this month so far suggest the last edits to Saint Justice have doubled readthrough from 25% to 50%. Strong news, if it holds true. This month I’ve sold: Wren 1 – 119 copies Wren 2 – 62, which is 52% Wren 3 – 49, which is 41% from book 1, and 79% …

Wren write to market!! – Writing Wk6 2021

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I talked a lot about rewriting Wren recently – well buckle up cos here’s some more in that delicious vein! WRITE TO MARKET Chris Fox came up with that snappy term – WRITE TO MARKET. It is best summed up in a simple Venn diagram that I just made you’re welcome: While being aware of this, I’m not a big doer of this, though I think I am trying. I definitely pick popular genres that people want to read – however when I go in I tend to lean more on what I want to write than what most people …

Wren 1 rewrites: back behind the DM’s screen – Writing Wk5 2021

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Well it has been heck of a week in rewrites. I already said everything I’d do to Wren 1 in the last post, in line with vicious comments I got from a Fiverr beta reader, and this week I did them, and was left feeling strangely bereft… But do not shed a tear for me, Argentina. Stats are very early to come in on the effect of this new rewrite, really just a week since I put a half-finished new version of Wren 1 on Amazon, but it’s looking good so far, with readthrough up from 27% to 50% to …

Writing Wk3&4 2021 – FB limit & group, more Wren 1 rewrites, Wren 6 push

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I missed a week! I will make up for it by posting a day early and doing a combo post – there’s some big things happening, so I’ll start off easy. Wren 6 words for the last 2 weeks Last blog I was talking about how to push through a slow-ish talky beginning to book 6. Now I’ve doubled down on that talky beginning, but I don’t think it’s slow. Wren is broken at the start. He has to be, after the events ending book 5. We need him to get unbroken (heed the call to adventure) before we can …

Writing Wk2 2021 – Wren 3 new cover, Wren 1 rewrites, Wren 6 quagmire

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It has not been a big week in writing fresh words!! Wren 6 quagmire I’ve been struggling a little with Wren book 6. I’ve got a talky, kind of slow beginning which I like to a point. It takes stock of where we were at the end of book 5, dealing with fallout, but maybe it is slow, there is little danger, and hmm. I also have a more actiony beginning, which I also like, but it jumps past all the character work that seems pretty essential – Wren has to deal with the chaos at the end of book …

Writing Wk1 2021 – Wren’s world comes true, Pickfu, webclouds

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The first week of 2021 proved itself the bully big brother to 2020 with an American coup attempt / insurrection at the Capitol in Washington DC. I’m not American (I’m half-American, but a full British national), but watching that awful event transpire live really knocked me for 6. This kind of thing can happen. Really, the exact kind of thing I’ve spent 2+ years writing about and exploring in the Christopher Wren thrillers. Trump’s followers as blind cult devotees. Trump as a doomsday cult leader. Social media spreading disinformation which leads to real world violence. Wednesday evening I went to …

Wren 2 cover evolution – 2020 Writing Week 52/3

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2020 is over!! I’ll write a proper 2020 roundup and 2021 plans post later, but first I need to close out the pressing business of the last 2 weeks. No writing!! It is has been a super slug-like 2 weeks off, and I have loved every minute of it. I actually watched little TV or movies, rather I spent my time playing Civilization 6 – a game I thought for years was empty and unfun. Now I am seeing some greater depth and competitiveness. Going for a culture victory is way more fun than either science or domnation. But I …

Wren 1 cover evolution – 2020 Writing Week 51

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Here at the edge of closing out 2020, it’s time for a retrospective on Wren book 1 covers. I just bought a new cover, and am kick-starting the process to get all 4 remaining books re-covered, and I’m extremely pleased. Here’s the new cover, absolutely fitting, expertly made, and pretty eye-catching: It’s gorgeous. It draws the eye. It looks totally pro and I believe can hold it’s own against competitors in the store – something my old covers couldn’t really claim. It’s been a long road. I think Wren’s found a home. Here’s where we’ve been over the past year …

Wren 6, community & 99designs – 2020 Writing Week 50

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This week was busy but movement very stop-start – got a handful of words written on Wren 6, expanded the London Indie Authors meetup group, and had second thoughts about my brand new Wren 1 cover. Wren 6 words This time last week I had 2,000 words on Wren 6. Somehow, I have only bumped that up to 4,000 since. That includes the prolog, which may or may not be great, and chapter 2. I got carried away with Internet tinkering instead – as per the next two items: London Indie Authors FB group 2 weeks ago the co-organizer of …