Got The Tree Up Yesterday

Finished decorating it this morning. Finished ordering presents yesterday. It’ll be a small Christmas, but I’m looking forward to it. The kid started his holiday vacation today, and will be off through January 1st, so I’m cutting back on online stuff.

I’ve done a lot of work that doesn’t show up but that makes the site run better the last two months, have added some new writing workshops to the store, (and other goodies), and have started putting together some cool site freebies.

The first two freebies are:

 

Use Life’s DisastersAlong with the things you haven’t seen, I’ve added new content to the store, and before the year closes, will be doing a major update/upgrade on 21 Ways To Get Yourself Writing When Your Life Has Just Exploded. The new version, which I’m editing now, expands the original book with exercises and examples of how to use every rotten thing that has ever happened to you, current or ancient history, to write the best books you’ve ever written. New title, How To Write Through and Use Life’s Disasters: Create Your Best Books From Your Worst Moments. This will be a free upgrade to the current book for everyone who already has it.

I’ve also gotten sidetracked from things I’d planned to do, and January is going to be my start at getting re-focused.

In January and February, I’ll be finishing up The Silver Door (the frequently retitled sequel to The Ruby Key. Not sure if this is the final title, either.) And I’ll be pitching the next book in the series.

I’ll also be adding to the store the following workshops and writing course:

Pitch Start Finish
Submit World  

 

And I’ll be doing the three-hour How To Write Your Novel online seminar, which got waylaid when I put together the Writer’s Block course when discovered a friend of mine hadn’t written in about two years. It’s helped just about everybody but my friend. [beating head on desk].

Finally, I’d like to at least start putting together How To Think Sideways, the thing I do upon which my entire career has survived. It’ll be a full course, and include things like how to switch genres, how to keep writing during lean times, how to know when a market is wrong for you, how to keep a writing career going… Lotta stuff. Don’t know if I’ll be able to finish it in 2008, but I intend to give it my best shot.

That’s my plan for 2008. What about you?

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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.

5 comments… add one
  • Richard Norden Dec 19, 2007 @ 1:35

    My plans for 2008 are to finish the delayed volumes 2 and 3 of my Nimrod Trilogy, to feed my blog more regularly and to make major progress on my new science fiction novel. If things turn out well I’ll also be able to reduce my evil day job to three days per week, focus more on writing and (last not least) find more time for my wife and my son. Wish me luck 😉

  • BJSteeves Dec 18, 2007 @ 9:57

    Now that I have power again, after being out for over a week, maybe I can get my tree up. And I need to go back and catch up on what’s been happening on the site!

    I’m looking forward to the new additions to the store!

    Thanks for all you do!

    BJ

  • Sue L Dec 17, 2007 @ 23:57

    2008?

    Looking forward to the updated Disasters edition, we had our share in 2007.

    my plan: to keep writing and submitting. Including being more regular with my blog. One thing I haven’t done yet is to look at the local conferences and put a couple on the calendar.

  • Mokierock Dec 17, 2007 @ 23:48

    My plan for 2008 is to start writing again. I had a bit of chaos – financial and time related – recently, and my sci-fi novel fell to the back burner. I will be downloading any of the writing workshops that I don’t have yet, and reading them most excitedly. I’ll also be rereading the plotting workshop for the thousandth time to help me get back into the story I’m working on. Looking forward to the New Create a World Workshop. It relates directly to my book, and I am looking forward to any help I can get on things I might have missed. My writing goal is to get back up to 2000-2500 written words per day.

  • Gabriele Dec 17, 2007 @ 21:56

    I don’t really make plans; they only make me feel bad when I fail. 😉 But I intend to get back into short story writing – there is a market for Sword&Sorcery, and I have a world and a hero.

    I’ll also continue to work on my Empire at War Roman historical fiction trilogy. I do like to work on all three books but they’re standalones, so it’ll be no problem to sell only one for a starter.

    More illustrated history blogposts should come out in 2008 as well (I’ve already planned two 3-4 day tours for spring).

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