Wednesday, June 1, 2011

ROW80 Update: Deep Fried Cheese

It's time for: accountability! Thank god it's writing and not dieting.
Word count?
Er... Not yet. It's the cheese's fault. Four kinds, actually, rolled into a huge ball and then battered and deep fried. Cheese is bizarrely de-motivating. We went to the lake to celebrate selling the first 100 copies of my second book. I was pretty happy with that, considering it hasn't been out for five days and all kinds of things went wrong. It didn't have a cover for three of those days, B&N didn't start carrying it until yesterday, it didn't come up in Amazon searches for three days, etc. But! I have structured my ROW80 word count goal so that I measure it in weekly increments. I can still meet it. I just have to write every day from now until the next check in. Every day, 1500 words. I think I'm going to do some Twitter sprints if anyone's interested. I've noticed some sprint-dedicated hashtags: #1k1hr, or maybe that's backwards. Does anyone know others? 

I'm back on track with that. I've even started to hoard a few interesting snippets in the archives, like the wily squirrel.
FYI: I want to do a periodic blog feature called "Better Know a Villain," where I interview fictional villains from my favorite Indie authors. Kind of like Inside the Actor's Studio, but fake and evil. Please feel free to nominate your favorites. If you are a writer and think your villain might like to appear, please leave a comment or otherwise get in touch.

Reading/ reviews:
BrighterBrighter by V. J. Chambers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm re-reading this because I live in a college town, and I need a reminder every now and then that no, I'm not literally stuck in a vortex. I can leave, unlike the characters in Chamber's excellent horror novel. Although there's plenty that's frightening- disappearances, murder, soul-stealing, monsters, and more- perhaps the most frightening of all is the way Chambers captures that moment when we leave college behind for the "real world," and how very ill-prepared so many of us are.

Torment (Fallen, #2)Torment by Lauren Kate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'll always love this series because it was one of the first YA paranormals I ever read. I like the way Kate builds tension; I'm still not sure who or what Luce is by the end of Book 2. I like the way Luce grew a little backbone and branched away from Daniel somewhat. Usually I'm a fan of the one true pairing, but in this case pushing Daniel away is also a way of challenging the idea that her fate is pre-determined.

Current and to-read: Amy Plum's Die for Me; Jessica Sorensen's The Fallen Star; Lisa Cach's Wake Unto Me.

This has been mind-numbing these past few days. I've done a lot of making sure things were right, fixing things, getting in touch with people, etc. Footwork, aka grunt work. I am ready to move on to the sexiness that is the interview, rather than just setting it up. I want to hold swag in my hand instead of getting quotes for it. I want that new bookmark smell! But behind-the-scenes is really important, too.

Incredible that this ROW80 round 2 is already drawing to a close, huh? Time to start thinking about goals for Round 3. Have a good week, everyone, and may your Round 2 goals go smoothly.


  1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Congratulations on the book sales. I hope to have the same success. As for the marketing, it's like a full time job. :) Best of luck!

  2. Congrats on the book sales! That's awesome!

    I just wanted to say how proud I am of you and all your success with your books! It seems like not too long ago when I was teaching with you and now you are a big name author! If you go on a book tour (or are on one now), let me know. I'd love to get some books signed :)

  3. I am intrigued by the heart attack cheese. It sounds like all kinds of delicious. :)

    Awesome start on the sequel, well done! I don't envy you the marketing/promoting, but I'm sure it's worth it in the end. Best of luck for the rest of this round.

  4. @Claire- Heart attack cheese! Hah! I'll have to suggest that the restaurant officially change the name. The scary thing is that around here, it would probably sell even more.
    @Tawnysha- I don't know @ big name, but thanks! It's crazy how things turn out. I still think @ our time teaching together. I was telling someone @ my weirdest teaching experience the other day, and that moment when the drunk fraternity boy covered with magic marker stumbled in came up. Truth really is stranger than fiction.
    @Gabrielle- your book looks *delicious.* Better than fried cheese. :) And you are clearly on top of your marketing game. Good luck on your book tour!

  5. Congrats on your sales! Sorry things went wrong, but looks like you've got them all fixed.

  6. You asked me about Twitter sprints. Two things: -I do not have a twitter. I know. Shameful, right? *hangs head* I just do not have time for one more thing right now. When my book is selling a bazillion copies and I can hire a poor college student to be my twitterer, I'm sure I'll have one. For now, it is an item on my check list that hasn't been checked.
    -What is a twitter sprint???

  7. I love that you post reviews on your blog. I'm a big fan of reviews and I like authors who don't refuse to give stars for fear of displeasing the publishing houses. I'm getting a little burnt out on book bloggers for that reason.
    Congrats on your second book! I didn't do nearly as well as you with my second book, but I did beat my first books first month sales, so I'm pretty darn happy about that! I'm also happy that I'm one of my own "also boughts" -meaning, I am retaining readers. Good thing.
    I have a Villan in Six Keys, but it's a mystery story, so telling you would give away the good stuff. That also happens to be the case with my fantasy series: you don't find out the bad guy until the very end of the series. So I'm out. Hope you get some good nominations. I'll try to think of one or two.
    Favorite cheese: Gouda, from costco. YUM.

  8. I just noticed I spelled like five things wrong in my last post. That is why I need an editor. hahaha

  9. @Kate- Twitter sprint- basically a word count race, with whoever happens to be on at the same time. ROW80 has a hashtag- a Twitter symbol that connects us when we comment- so that goes on sometimes. I am late to Twitter myself. I feel kind of the same way about Facebook. Why can't everyone belong to Goodreads?
    I write, therefore I read. Seems silly to pretend otherwise, and if I come across a book I just hate, I'll *put it down* rather than waste my time reading and reviewing it.

  10. I really really wish I had not posted an actual picture of that fried cheese. What was I thinking? Who invents things like that? "I'm gonna batter and fry the biggest ball uh cheese I kin make until it won't hold tuh-gether no more."
    Alabama, I weep for thee.

  11. HAHA, I remember the drunk fraternity guy! That was so hilarious and is still one of the most "unique" teaching experiences I've ever had.

    Glad you are doing so well! I'm glad I found your blog and look forward to reading your updates.

  12. Congratulations on your sales! Mmm, cheese... I find a lot of things distracting, now that I'm supposed to be editing :-)