Blog and Newsletter Hiatus

In order to focus on my mystery writing I’m letting myself off the hook round these parts.

While I will pop in now and again with a post or a newsletter, I don’t plan to stick to a schedule as I’ve done for a number of years.

If you need help selfpublishing your book, Someday Box will still be right here ready to provide the support you need. Just give us a shout.

Most Viewed Posts of 2014

Get Your Book Out of the Someday Box in 2014These were the most viewed posts on the Someday Box blog in 2014.

  1. 4,472 Words of Free Marketing Advice About Marketing Free
  2. The Hook (#1 of 12 Sentences)
  3. The Ultimate Plotting Tool for Pantsers: Your Story in 12 Sentences
  4. The Setup (#2 of 12 Sentences)
  5. The First Plot Point (#3 of 12 Sentences)

New Schedules for Newsletter and Blog

A Long, Hard Look - a Chandleresque cozy(and hopefully, thereby, my books)

In order to concentrate on my writing, I’ll be spending less time teaching for a while.

Late last year Best Beloved and I started an experiment: could I make a living writing fiction? Or at least, could my fiction contribute enough to our income to be a business rather than a hobby?

Original plan was to release 4 books this year and see what happened. It’s a race between my children’s book Ginger, the Ship Captain’s Cat, and my first Jake Calcutta mystery anodyne to see which will be my third book this year. (If yer the betting type put your coin on Ginger.)

Three isn’t four, but it’s more than some other numbers I could name. But one year isn’t long enough to see the impact of those books. Marketing for A Long, Hard Look is just picking up speed, and that for Into the Fog is barely begun.

Five months ago we agreed that this needs another year, so I’ll still be focusing on fiction through 2015. A year from now, we’ll talk again. Maybe sooner.

The New Schedule

Beginning now, the newsletter will go out the first of each month, unless I have reason for a special edition.

There will be a new blog post every Friday. There will be links to the past handful of posts in each newsletter. A month is a long time. Consider dropping by the blog once a week just to read up, eh?

We will only be working with one Someday Box self-publishing client at a time.

Chief Virtual Officer’s Social Media Marketing for Authors program has a good support team, so they’ll be able to take on up to 6 more clients. Email Sue for more information.

I’ll be far less active on Facebook and LinkedIn.

But I’m always available by email (joel@somedaybox.com) if you have questions or just want to chat.

Oh, and you can buy my books anytime.

Do One Thing

waterfallDrip. Drip. Drip.

Water wears away stone by constancy, not power, not volume.

Marketing with a long vision will serve you better than looking for short-term sales.

Every day, do one thing to market yourself as an author, or to learn more about successful marketing. Here are 20 ideas to get you started: … more … “Do One Thing”

Peter Bowerman – The Well-Fed Writer

Peter Bowerman's Well-Fed Writer
You might be interested in Peter’s free report
Mr. B has earned more money writing than I have, in part because he’s good at writing for others. (I’m only good at writing for me — but don’t let that sway you; I’ve turned down loads of copywriting work simply because it doesn’t interest me. If it interests you, know that it’s out there waiting for the right writer. Right?)

I’ve only read a little of Bowerman’s work, but between that, Tom’s recommendation, and that of a dozen other writers I respect, you’d be smart to investigate the Well-Fed Writer if you’re curious about writing commercially.

Tom says:

Peter Bowerman is another great writer, strong writer’s counselor, and also a great guy, one whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet in person. His The Well-Fed Writer and The Well-Fed Self-Publisher are essentials for the freelancing life. Check out his Well-Fed Writer blog.

“Found Around the Web” Writing Resources

Carol TiceWe’ll be posting a couple on Tuesdays and Thursdays other writing resources we’ve “found around the web”.

Today’s resource is Carol Tice, an award-winning, fun-loving freelance writer living in the Seattle area. Carol’s blog is “Make a Living Writing…practical help for hungry writers.”

5 Ways to Provide the Fresh Blog Content Your Fans Crave

photo http://www.sxc.hu/photo/15900 by Andras Deak http://www.sxc.hu/profile/deanWe’ve all seen a teenager open the refrigerator for the thirteenth time hoping miraculously that a pizza has appeared where only broccoli lay before.

There’s a marvelous scene in one of the Crocodile Dundee movies where someone points out that his hotel room has a television. He turns it on saying, “I’ve seen television before.” As the I Love Lucy theme fades in he says, “Yup, that’s what was on”.

Can you imagine if the food in the fridge really never changed or if the show on television was actually always the same?

There are some activities in life which hinge on variety, newness, change, to keep our attention. Eating the same foods over and over again gets boring fast – even pizza.

The single greatest reason for potential fans (which means potential purchasers of your book) to visit your website is to find something new.

… more … “5 Ways to Provide the Fresh Blog Content Your Fans Crave”

But I Don’t WANT to Blog!

Most writers dislike marketing. They dislike anything that takes them away from their writing, but marketing is toward the bottom of the list.

I don't want to blog!

I don’t want to turn into a plaid polyester-wearing used car salesman! I just want to write! Besides, I have a blog, and it just lays there, doing nothing. How will anyone find it? What difference will it make, anyway?”

I’m a writer who came at this from the world of marketing (the subject of most of my books) so I have a different perspective.

… more … “But I Don’t WANT to Blog!”