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Re: What are your December Monthly Goals? #Goals

Dharma Kelleher
 

I almost finished the rough draft of my WIP last month, so I want to finish that. 

I am launching my fifth novel next Tuesday, so I’m jazzed about that. 

I am also going through Mark Dawson’s massive, in-depth Ads for Authors course. So I’m hoping to finish it by monthend, but there is SO MUCH curriculum it may well take me into January. 

I don’t normally crow about a resource unless it blows my doors off. But this was the case with Mark’s course. So I wanted to share. 

This isn’t some Author 101, one-hour webinar. And it’s not cheap. I opted for the payment plan. 

This is an 301-level  deep dive for authors with 3+ books published. The videos alone must be more than 20 hours. 

So far I’ve only run some FB lead generation ads to build up my newsletter subscriptions. In just a few days, I’ve added 100+ subscribers to my mailing list. I’m about to start ads to generate direct sales, but I feel confident about it. 

The course also includes modules on AMS ads and Bookbub ads. 

Sorry to carry on. 

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher

Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick
https://dharmakelleher.com


On Dec 2, 2019, at 5:57 PM, Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:

Ah, December. A complicated month.
What are your writing goals for it?

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Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


Re: What are your December Monthly Goals? #Goals

Brenda Buchanan
 

To finish incorporating beta reader feedback into my mss for the first in a new series, write a bang-up query letter and be ready to go after the holidays.


Re: What are your December Monthly Goals? #Goals

cheryl head
 

Complete Book 5 of my Charlie Mack Series.  I have a spring publish date. But the book is fully outlined, and I'm 2/3rds done.  Publisher also asked if I was doing a second book for 2020.  Sigh. Need to decide.
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On Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 8:01 AM "Mia P. Manansala" <mpmthewriter@...> wrote:
My goals are to complete a readable draft of my R&R to send to my beta readers by mid-December and begin revising my cozy with hopes of going on sub in January.
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Mia P. Manansala
Secretary, Mystery Writers of America Midwest
 
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Cheryl Head
Author, Charlie Mack Motown Mysteries
Director of Inclusion, Golden Crown Literary Society


Re: What are your December Monthly Goals? #Goals

Anne
 

Right now I’m in New Mexico on a two week writing trip. I’m three days in and just now settling into the writing. My goal is to walk away from here with at least 20,000 words. I have lots of work to do figuring out the plot. It’s a wonderful location to concentrate on my WIP.

Anne


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Re: What are your December Monthly Goals? #Goals

"Mia P. Manansala"
 

My goals are to complete a readable draft of my R&R to send to my beta readers by mid-December and begin revising my cozy with hopes of going on sub in January.
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Mia P. Manansala
Secretary, Mystery Writers of America Midwest
 
https://www.miapmanansala.com/ 
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Re: What are your December Monthly Goals? #Goals

Hawthorn Mineart
 

Get a complete draft of my NaNoWriMo project. I'm thankfully not burned out on the story this year, so I think getting a finished draft is doable. Probably end of January, since I'm trying to keep my daily word count to something practical.


Re: What are your December Monthly Goals? #Goals

Catherine Maiorisi
 

I finally have a full draft of my WIP (except for the love scene) which is due to my publisher 1/1/2020. So my only goals are (1) write a believable sex scene (2)  get the ms in shape for publication.

Not too much pressure.

Catherine

On Dec 2, 2019, at 7:57 PM, Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:

Ah, December. A complicated month.
What are your writing goals for it?

--

Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com

The Blood Runs Cold 
A Matter of Blood - Lambda Literary Award Finalist
Readers rave: Complex characters, well-written, intelligent, page turner, clever plotting, multi-layered, intense, instantly hooks you, couldn’t put down

 http://www.catherinemaiorisi.com








Re: What are your December Monthly Goals? #Goals

Neil Plakcy
 

I am pleased that for a change I have a release schedule ahead of me for the next four months, instead of scrambling to put books out at the last minute.

Of course, now I have to stick to that schedule! My December goals will be to get as much done to support those books now while I have some time-- writing blog posts in advance, getting the covers done and putting up pre-order links.

Neil Plakcy


What are your December Monthly Goals? #Goals

Bess Carnan
 

Ah, December. A complicated month.
What are your writing goals for it?

--

Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


Re: What's your Work In Progress? #WIPWeds

"Mia P. Manansala"
 

Doing an R&R for my ComiKon mystery (that's been on sub for over a year and a half *sob*). Used Nano to get the first two acts in place, according to the editor's feedback. Now I'm going through it from the beginning to clean it up and make sure all the pieces are where they need to be before moving onto the third act.
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Mia P. Manansala
Secretary, Mystery Writers of America Midwest
 
https://www.miapmanansala.com/ 
FaceBook|Twitter| Instagram @MPMtheWriter


Re: What's your Work In Progress? #WIPWeds

Bess Carnan
 

Oh man, I know that feeling. But I believe in you! You've got this!

--

Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


Re: What's your Work In Progress? #WIPWeds

Greg Herren
 

I am in the final draft of a ghost story set in rural Alabama that doesn't seem like it will ever be finished....

xogreg


Re: What's your Work In Progress? #WIPWeds

Bess Carnan
 

I've never heard someone say "yay for heartburn!" before. I'm glad it had a silver lining though. :)

A writing retreat sounds awesome! Where will it be?

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Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


Re: What's your Work In Progress? #WIPWeds

Anne
 

I’m just 10K words into my new book about a private investigator thrown into the world of corporate espionage. I hope to get a big chunk written at my upcoming writing retreat. 
--

Anne Laughlin | Broker

@properties 
 3101 N. Greenview
Chicago, IL 60657
773.255.0651
annelaughlin@...

Stop looking, start finding®
atproperties.com

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Anne Laughlin
author of
Sometimes Quickly
Veritas
Runaway
The Acquittal 
A Date to Die


Re: What's your Work In Progress? #WIPWeds

Neil Plakcy
 

I am about 50% into my new Mahu Investigation. I kept thinking that the motive I had in mind was too obvious and not strong enough, but then a bad dream brought me a mew and much stronger motive. Yay for heartburn!

Neil Plakcy


Re: What's your Work In Progress? #WIPWeds

Dharma Kelleher
 

You had me at cat rescuer! 

I’m at 55K into my third lesbian outlaw biker thriller. I’m into the fourth and final act and feeling excited and nervous about wrapping it up. 

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher

Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick
https://dharmakelleher.com


On Nov 20, 2019, at 9:49 AM, Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:

I'm still on my cat rescuer book, but at a point where I don't want to rage quit and become a chocolatier instead. My first draft is going to end up at about 40,000 words, so it's got a lot of work ahead yet. But I think maybe it'll be worth it!

--

Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


What's your Work In Progress? #WIPWeds

Bess Carnan
 

I'm still on my cat rescuer book, but at a point where I don't want to rage quit and become a chocolatier instead. My first draft is going to end up at about 40,000 words, so it's got a lot of work ahead yet. But I think maybe it'll be worth it!

--

Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


Re: 2019 Harassment Response

Bess Carnan
 

Holy cheesenips! This is the first I'm hearing about the Magna Cum Murder incident and that's horrifying. 


On Sat, Nov 16, 2019 at 08:56 AM, Hawthorn Mineart wrote:
The other panelists on the Satire panel with Ruth were SJ Rozan and Joe Langsdale, and they certainly heard what she said. The moderator was Elena Hartwell, and she didn't step in at all. Langsdale tried to temper her remarks by shifting the topic when he answered whatever the question was, and at the end Hartwell said "Well! On to the next question!" so she obviously realized at least that I was uncomfortable about the comments.

 

 

 
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Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


Re: What a week! Who's got an NPV? #NPV

Dharma Kelleher
 

Well said, Neil.

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher
Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick

https://dharmakelleher.com


On Nov 16, 2019, at 10:50 AM, Neil Plakcy <plax1612@...> wrote:

I had never heard of Ruth Doodly before this brouhaha, and so I read a bit about her that someone had posted, and it appears that she was approaching these subjects from the point of view of satire. Similarly, I have only seen Max Allan Collins once or twice, but I believe that his comment came out of a poorly-tuned sense of humor.

When I saw that SJ Rozan was on the panel with Doodly, I was surprised that she didn't speak up. Suppose someone had repeated to her the old joke. "Say, do you get the names of your Chinese characters by throwing silverware up in the air, and then using the noise it makes coming down?" Surely she would have recognized that such a joke was in poor taste, as were the satirical comments that Doodly made about woke young people and bearded men in dresses.

Too often, our community can be the butt of jokes, and it's important to us to speak up and say, "Hey, you might think that's funny, but it's hurtful." 

If SinC or anyone else decides to present a program on such a topic, I think it needs to include misguided attempts at humor. Part of being human is recognizing the feelings of others, and that when we make what we think is a joke, we need to accept that others won't see it that way. 

My neighborhood dog walker, an elderly man, has a T-shirt I love. It shows a man walking a dog and carrying what is obviously a bag of the dog's poop. The logo reads "My Indian name is Walks With Poop." I think that's pretty funny, but I wouldn't use it in a book, or repeat it in a large audience, because it is implicitly derogatory to Native American people. It's learning that difference that matters.

Neil Plakcy
 

On Sat, Nov 16, 2019 at 11:25 AM Hawthorn Mineart <hawthorn.mineart@...> wrote:
John,

Lori Rader-Day might be interested in that as a way to take on some of these issues, and I think it's a constructive idea. I've been having a conversation with her about Magna Cum Murder and she asked me what I thought about steps Sisters in Crime could take in addressing what I saw happen there. I didn't have good answers for her about what I'd like to see, partly because I was still in the moment of being upset about it.

I think your suggestion is a great one. I'll be seeing her in a week or two when she is speaking to our local chapter and I'll mention it, but I would say you could reach out to her, too. More than one source with ideas could be helpful to her.




Re: What a week! Who's got an NPV? #NPV

Neil Plakcy
 

I had never heard of Ruth Doodly before this brouhaha, and so I read a bit about her that someone had posted, and it appears that she was approaching these subjects from the point of view of satire. Similarly, I have only seen Max Allan Collins once or twice, but I believe that his comment came out of a poorly-tuned sense of humor.

When I saw that SJ Rozan was on the panel with Doodly, I was surprised that she didn't speak up. Suppose someone had repeated to her the old joke. "Say, do you get the names of your Chinese characters by throwing silverware up in the air, and then using the noise it makes coming down?" Surely she would have recognized that such a joke was in poor taste, as were the satirical comments that Doodly made about woke young people and bearded men in dresses.

Too often, our community can be the butt of jokes, and it's important to us to speak up and say, "Hey, you might think that's funny, but it's hurtful." 

If SinC or anyone else decides to present a program on such a topic, I think it needs to include misguided attempts at humor. Part of being human is recognizing the feelings of others, and that when we make what we think is a joke, we need to accept that others won't see it that way. 

My neighborhood dog walker, an elderly man, has a T-shirt I love. It shows a man walking a dog and carrying what is obviously a bag of the dog's poop. The logo reads "My Indian name is Walks With Poop." I think that's pretty funny, but I wouldn't use it in a book, or repeat it in a large audience, because it is implicitly derogatory to Native American people. It's learning that difference that matters.

Neil Plakcy
 

On Sat, Nov 16, 2019 at 11:25 AM Hawthorn Mineart <hawthorn.mineart@...> wrote:
John,

Lori Rader-Day might be interested in that as a way to take on some of these issues, and I think it's a constructive idea. I've been having a conversation with her about Magna Cum Murder and she asked me what I thought about steps Sisters in Crime could take in addressing what I saw happen there. I didn't have good answers for her about what I'd like to see, partly because I was still in the moment of being upset about it.

I think your suggestion is a great one. I'll be seeing her in a week or two when she is speaking to our local chapter and I'll mention it, but I would say you could reach out to her, too. More than one source with ideas could be helpful to her.