Finished the revision of Vipers’ Nest!

It’s done! It feels like I’ve been working on Vipers’ Nest forever.

I can’t believe it, but it’s finally fully and completely revised, and I LOVE the way it came out.

This has been a brutal project, because it hit in the middle of personal chaos, website chaos, GDPR chaos…

And for the longest time, I couldn’t find the ending.

Well, yesterday I suddenly realized what had to happen to get me to the ending, and ripped out one old scene, and wrote one brand new scene today, and nailed it.

It took me four and a half hours from the time I started today until the time I did my many, many back-up saves.

But THIS is the story I wanted to write.

So now there are the following steps I have to get through before the book goes live.

  • Matt has to fit me in between clients for a content edit.
  • I have to revise to his edit.
  • I have to gather up volunteers for a bug hunt.
  • I have to revise to clean up what the bug hunters find
  • I have to build the publishable edition of the book, assign ISBNs, and put it up on all the sites where it’s going.

I’m going wide with this one — publishing it from the very beginning on every site that I can find that will pay me regularly and reliably.

From this point on, I’m eschewing Amazon exclusives. They haven’t done anything for my sales, and they have kept my books off of other platforms. I gave them the best run I could, and I can only conclude that following that path is not in my best interests.

So I have everything working its way out of KDP select, and by the time I have everything done to take Vipers’ Nest live, MOST everything else will be available for distribution elsewhere.

So… Back to work. Still have about a few thousand more words to write of How to Write Short Stories Lesson 4: How to END Short — Landing, Twist, Resolution, and Meaning.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

12 comments… add one
  • Lisa Jun 6, 2018 @ 14:42

    Yippee!!! I am SO excited for Vipers’ to be ready to read!

  • Pam Samson Jun 5, 2018 @ 3:39

    Wow! Awesome news, volunteering for bug hunt!
    I think that you are the most brave industrious person in the business!
    Pam

  • Mike Jun 4, 2018 @ 18:11

    I’d love to be one of your bug hunters again, Holly.

  • Tuff Jun 4, 2018 @ 16:57

    Congrats Holly! Job well done! VERY GLAD to hear you are going “global” with your books and moving away from KDP select. I am a “Nook guy” myself, and while my single book (soon to be 2 more!) has sold less than hundred copies, it’s about a 60/40 split between Amazon and Nook for me. I do have them on others as well but only 1 other sale came from something other than Amazon or Nook. That goes against the grain of what I had heard from others (some were emphatic in recommending I go with KDP select) but facts are facts…those are my numbers, granted only from my first released book for sale. If you have anything close to that split with the amount you probably sale, you will be in line for significantly more sales.

  • Irina Jun 1, 2018 @ 1:13

    Congrats 🙂 I’m looking so Forward to it 🙂

  • tz23 May 31, 2018 @ 18:37

    Hi Holly, small typo that’s been bugging me–“choose your own adveture” (missing “n” from adventure) on this page (https://www.getdrip.com/forms/7377712/submissions/new) and the “readers and writers” popup in the bottom-right corner of the site.

    • Holly Lisle Jun 1, 2018 @ 7:09

      Thank you. Had to change that during the GDPR race to the deadline, and did not spot the typo. Fixed now.

  • Sylvia May 31, 2018 @ 14:03

    Bravo! And congratulations, Holly! I’d love to bughunt. I chose never to put my self-pubbed stuff on KDP because I want it available elsewhere, too. Missed out on some $, no doubt, but so be it.

    • Holly Lisle Jun 1, 2018 @ 7:11

      You can be on KDP and publish elsewhere. You just can’t be in Select, which I dislike conceptually anyway.

      And I’ll be looking for bug-hunters after Matt’s had a chance to read it. He’s doing a content edit for someone else, so I’m waiting my turn.

  • Vanessa May 31, 2018 @ 9:33

    So excited!!

  • Elizabeth May 31, 2018 @ 8:10

    Woot! Super excited to get my hands on this!

    • Holly Lisle Jun 1, 2018 @ 7:12

      Thank you. I was so happy to get it done.

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