Jun 292013
 

woman happySorry for my silence the past few weeks, but I was in a writing mode and couldn’t concentrate on very much else.

My holiday is now over and I managed to write all but the last chapter of the new book! I am very happy with what I have done so far. I still need to add a lot of stuff, but I will step back for a few weeks and focus on other things.

Yesterday I received an email from a Dutch Amazon-like website, which is now letting people publish their own books on their site, in ebook form, as well as Print on Demand paperbacks. This is really big news, as for a while now I have been pulling my hair in frustration that I couldn’t publish the Dutch translation of Time Zones as ebook on a Dutch site. I could (and have) published it via Smashwords, but for Dutchies it is not easy to buy ebooks from Smashwords.

So finally, in the coming week I am publishing the Dutch Time Zones ebook on a Dutch website! Not only that, for they allow English language ebooks as well, so I am publishing Time Zones and More Stories on the site at the same time. I just have to wait for the arrival of three ISBN numbers and then sales can begin!

It’s high time I earn a bit of dough again, as I got a disappointing letter from the tax office the other day informing me that I hadn’t paid enough tax last year. Better not to dwell on that too much and just look forward to a busy few weeks in which editing my new book has the highest priority.

On a side note, this coming week I have a meeting with an illustrator about the cover for the new book. She makes the most amazing cartoons, which I feel are perfect for my story, so fingers crossed that we can work something out.

Now that everything is starting to take shape I can’t wait to see the result.

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May 192013
 

computer womanEarning money with writing and selling your book sounds like a great idea. It’s definitely doable and I am going to give it another go.

Not that I haven’t been earning money with selling my books so far, but the amounts have been, let’s say, more like pocket money, and nowhere near enough to properly live on. Hence my need to earn a ‘respectable’ wage as a receptionist at the town hall.
Now I like to see if I can add a bit to that monthly income, by writing, and hopefully selling, a new series of books. Fiction, this time, but sort-of inspired by the things that happened to me on my travels.

In two weeks time I am going on a three-week holiday. That is to say – I stay at home and do nothing but write. I am looking forward to it very much, and have been gearing up towards it by reading some books about self-publishing (to refresh my memory), looking up categories on Amazon, thinking about a target audience and giving my website a major overhaul.
Moreover, I have started blogging again, which is also writing, so good practise.

My idea is to publish a series of six novellas, each about 20,000 words long, in the next 3-4 years, starting with bringing out the first one in November this year. That is, if I can pull it off to write 20,000 words in three weeks. We will have to wait and see how that pans out.

So far, the following has been established concerning my work in progress.

  • The main character is Emily
  • She lives in a shared house in York

Furthermore:

  • Rats are involved
  • Some shady things are going on in the local shopping street
  • There is an agonising bike ride to Appleton-le-Dale (population 117)
  • The church silver is stolen
  • And a protest march is held in the Yorkshire Dales

Fingers crossed it will all work out!

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