Hitch a Ride on the Experience of Others
One of the books I purchased at that goal-altering conference last September (see Blog Launch Post from November 4) is Get Known before the Book Deal by Christina Katz (http://christinakatz.com/about/). Ms. Katz was also a speaker at the conference and, although I was thoroughly impressed and anxious to learn from her, I realized just the other day that I hadn’t even opened her book yet. Fortunately, all of my books are now unpacked and on the book shelf in my new office, so I went right to Get Known before the Book Deal and began reading.
The whole experiment underlying this blog, of course, involves learning how to create a presence and establish a following out in the open, with the process fully exposed so everyone watching can learn along with me. Then we’ll learn how to use that presence and following to help leverage publishing success down the road, using me and my two books as a test tube.
Well, Ms. Katz has already traveled a similar road and stresses the importance of establishing and building a platform (there’s that word again) as the foundation for everything else on my particular list. But her book really clarifies the platform concept and offers simple, practical things for us to do to help move our dreams forward.
I haven’t finished the book yet and will report on relevant points in my next post. But one point rang especially clear: When we’re tracking things like hits on our websites and blogs, we need to be looking at numbers in the hundreds per day, in order to record real progress. And the numbers need to be in the thousands per day before our online presence signifies any sort of arrival.
Consequently, I do have a long way to go–but I still believe I’ll get there.
The new chapter I realized I needed to write in Separation of Faith (following the beta readers’ input) is now finished. That exercise was challenging, to say the least because, in addition to inserting a new chapter, I had to make sure that the linkage in the chapters immediately ahead of and behind the new one were smooth and accurate. As I complete the balance of the edit, I’ll probably do more tweaking, but I’m happy with what I see–and I absolutely cannot believe that I originally thought the book would work without that chapter! Thank heavens for those beta readers!
In another week, I hope to be ready to submit Separation of Faith to the publisher. Then, while they’re putting the manuscript through their own editing process (which will take several weeks), I’ll complete the edit of The Truth About Cinnamon. The move and being sick ended up costing me a full month, and I’m now trying to make some of that up. But in the long run, a few weeks one way or another won’t be very memorable twenty years from now … 🙂
Speaking of Cinnamon …
Three of the planned seven issues are now available for free downloading (http://www.filedby.com/author/cheri_laser/2721580/documents/24081497/). Please let me know if you’re giving this a try. I’d love to hear from you!
The existing version of The Truth About Cinnamon will become an official 1st Edition next month, as soon as the re-edited version goes into production. I’m offering huge discounts through the book store on my website (www.TheTruthAboutCinnamon.com), if you’re interested in giving the whole thing a try.
Although I have a long way to go to reach the “arrived” level or even the “making good progress” level, the deal behind this blog is that I will share everything along the way. So, here’s where things stand today:
- Blog Hits: 847 (last post: 737) This is a nice jump, but I need to figure out how to make this happen every day rather than every week.
- Website: 35,088 (last post: 34,967)
- Amazon Ranking: 2,523,108 (2,250,851) I don’t really think this one is going to move until the new version of Cinnamon is released. But I’m going to keep trying. Perhaps the free downloading will help generate a little interest.
Have a great week! I’m looking forward to talking with a lot of you as I’m tag surfing until my next post!
All the best to you–Cheri