From Rough Draft to Published is Published!!

I’m almost at a loss for words right now. For the last few days/weeks/months all my time after work has been on this project.

One of the major things I set up was a Writer’s Resources Vault for people who get the book and sign up for the blog with their email address, they can access a vault full of resources I mentioned in the book. Such as these documents that I’ve created…

Story Planning Page (basic outline)
Outliner or Discovery Writer Quiz (just for fun)
Character Sheet Pg 1 & 2 is for those who like to hand write their sheets. Page 3 & 4 is for those who would rather type them.
Ultimate Editing Checklist (Beginner or pass #1)
Ultimate Editing Checklist (Advanced)
How To Create a Nice Critique Group
Manuscript Standard Format Checklist
Alpha or Beta Letter
Self Publishing Checklist (Includes relevant links)
Book Information for the Cover Designer
Example Contract for a Short Story
Submission Tracker

Many of the documents are ones I had already created, but several were created just for this book, like the Self Publishing Checklist. I will be adding to it as time goes on.

Anyhow, I’m so proud of this book. I am not sure what to do with myself now. Well, I am but I just want to take a minute to celebrate with my friends, but I can’t because of COVID19. Sigh.

Here is the link if you care to purchase it.

As you may have seen, I’m doing lots of shameless self promotion of this on social media. I know of about 4 people (friends and sister) that have ordered it online, but of course none are showing up on the Reports page. Sigh. Patience, Kathryn, patience… *hits refresh 5 billion times*

So now, I’m going to set up some Amazon ads to start and probably some Facebook ads. So basically I am in the learning Marketing and Ad Copy phase of my journey. The good news is that once I’ve learned some things, I’ll happily share them with you!

#semperindoctrina #learnwithme

Here is what I’ve learned so far. I’ve calculated some rough numbers regarding the book. I spent around $800 for cover design, ISBN numbers, editing, and a few misc. items. My royalties are $2.40 per book sold. So I need to sell approximately 333 books to break even on what I’ve invested in it. 4 friends have told me they bought it. I learned today that those sales won’t show up if they are paperback until they actually get printed. I better get on those Amazon ads I guess.

Meanwhile, I am starting my novel. I feel fiction-rusty right now. Maybe I’ll begin with a character sketch scene just for practice to get to know Joan again. This novel is going to continue the story of Joan and Albert as they battle a fiery foe. Believe it or not, I have a title for this novel already, Of Two Worlds. (OTW)

I debated on alternating POVs between Joan and Albert. But after this story being in the back of my mind for about a year, I think I’ve decided to use just Joan’s POV. Maybe.

So short post today. I’m eager to get started on the novel!

Have a lovely Friday and don’t forget…buy my book. My son, says he doesn’t think this meme is going to help sell my book., LOL! This is how I feel when I promote my writing though.