It’s been over eighteen months in the making, but you can FINALLY preorder your copy of Productivity for Writers!
Currently only Kobo is available, but other devices (including Amazon, of course) are coming soon!
They are all VERY different things.
Having published two books, sent a third off to beta readers (more on that soon), and studied Creative Writing, I’ve had to get good at knowing when my work is ready to share with people.
Sometimes it’s a case of the book is ready, but you’re not.
One thing I never really thought about when I first started working on Productivity for Writers is just how fast I can type.
The fastest I’ve ever typed is about 1,000 words in 10 minutes.
I don’t do that often, but I can if I focus and know exactly what I want to write.
In most cases, it takes me about half an hour to write that much. I type about 120wpm.
There are people out there who type even faster (gamers and computer programmers, usually).
My WPM gets me to my word count fairly quickly, so I’m happy.
If you’re interested in how to type faster, here are some tips:
There comes a point in an author’s life where they have to make a decision. It’s a decision that we barely had five years ago, and ten years ago didn’t exist at all. But, just as iTunes and Spotify changed the music industry, the likes of Kindle and Kobo have changed the publishing industry forever.
Self publishing (sometimes called indie publishing, although some people insist they’re different things) cuts out the agent and the publisher. Most of the profits go to the author. With the case of Kindle, that’s 35% (if you charge less than £1.99), or 70% (if you charge more than that). The rest goes to Amazon.
When you compare that to how much authors get from traditional publishing—an advance of a few thousand, and royalty payments of as little as 7.5%—self publishing is tempting.
But is it worth it?
After months of hard work and preparation, What Happens in London is finally here!
I plan to publish it on Kobo and Nook soon, but as I’m entering it into Kindle Storyteller, digital rights have to remain exclusively with Amazon for now.
A few weeks ago now, I embarked on a (totally unscientific) experiment to find out if exercising more affected my productivity.
There are a few gaps this time as I keep forgetting to write updates (and make notes of what songs I listen to, which I’m sure you’re gutted about), but I’m still exercising most days and finding it to be beneficial.
In the two decades that I’ve been writing, I’ve worked with editors of fiction, newspapers, blogs, and even poetry. I’ve met some great editors, and some not-so-great editors. Sometimes the differences are subtle, sometimes they’re stark.
Many writers believe that because they can write, they can edit, too. However, writing and editing are two very different skills. The longer you stay in one mode, the more difficult it becomes to switch back to the other.
When writing, it’s important to get an objective point of view on your work. No matter how objective we think we are, at the end of the day, it’s a piece of writing that we’ve invested our time and maybe a little bit of our soul into, too. That’s why editing our own work is so difficult. And why getting a separate editor is so important.
Everyone always harks on about how great exercise is.
It helps you sleep better, it improves your memory, it stops you from ageing as quickly, and it increases productivity.
Or so they say.
I’ve heard all these claims and always felt inclined to exercise more, but the truth is, I just don’t enjoy it.
Exercise is also one of the main things that triggers my asthma, so that just puts me off further.
I was fairly fit as a child, dancing and swimming regularly, but when I hit my teenage years and suffered from nasty period pains, I stopped going.
(Yes, I know it’s good for them, but when you’re a teenager and no painkillers help, are you going to choose exercise or bed?)
With the exception of a few brief stints of gym-going, I’ve been pretty unfit for the last ten years or so.
This wasn’t such a big deal when I was in my early twenties, but as I get older, I can feel my body starting to protest.
There’s less than a month to go until What Happens in London is published!
I’m so excited to share it with you!
Since I’m so excited, I shared the opening chapter with members of my fiction mailing list (you won’t have gotten it if you signed up for the free fiction-writing checklist, but you will have if you signed up for Liam’s short story) at the weekend.
If you missed out, never fear!
You can read the opening chapter of What Happens in London below!
Productivity for Writers is exactly what you need!
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