Today is Milestone Friday at Life List Club, and we have an important announcement to make:
The Life List Club now has its own website. Check it out! (After you read this post, of course)
We all blog today about our progress on our goals. We also all give away gifts on Milestone Friday. I’ll draw one name from among those who comment on today’s blog and one more name from among those who subscribe to my blog. If you do both, you won’t win two prizes, but you will have two shots at winning. Your prize will be a free download of my upcoming book Web Wisdom: Inspiration from the Inbox. It should be available in April.
Other Life List Club members – click on their names to go to their blogs after you read this post:
My goals short-term:
Finish editing Web Wisdom and e-pub it as near April 1 as possible.
Prepare grammar course
Learn to use Gotomeeting and Gotowebinar
Start preliminary work for novella series
Find ways to expand blog readership
My goals long-term:
Conduct successful grammar webinars
Build sales of Web Wisdom to 1000 or more a month
Release new novellas several times a year and build sales of each to 1000 or more a month
Several months ago I was visiting with my friend @JillianDodd, author of the popular blog “Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos.” At that time she had one novel on the market, That Boy, and she has since published That Wedding. Both are available from Barbes & Noble for Nook and from Amazon for Kindle.
Jill told me that the first book started out with single-digit monthly sales, growing to double-digits after a few months, but that around the six-month point it suddenly took off and began really selling. It has continued to do so, and her second title runs about even with it in sales.
Why am I talking about Jill? Because I had sort of subconsciously given up on ever getting anything published. Been through all the NY agent hoop-jumping and didn’t want to try it again. I hadn’t even been working on anything except blogs in months when we had that conversation. Suddenly, I could see a whole new future in front of me, which is something for someone my age.
At that point, I went back to work on my Christian inspirational book, Web Wisdom with a real goal in mind. I could personally see to it that it was published.
A few weeks ago, Jill and I were eating lunch with Nigel Blackwell, and she told us that novellas were a hot commodity. I suppose I could have found that out for myself, but that was news to me. I have a novel I’ve been kicking around for 20 years which has never worked, because it covers too much time and geography to hold together. When she mentioned novellas, it was like an epiphany—break the novel into a series of novella. Each could have its own antagonist and its own plot.
So now, after 20 years of fooling around with writing and never getting anywhere, I’m on the verge of publishing my first book, and I have clear direction in my mind for where to go for my first publishable fiction. I consider myself a writer, but it will be nice to have something to point to—and maybe even to deposit at the bank.
David N. Walker is a Christian father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of that career was spent in Texas, but for a few years he traveled many other states. He started writing about 20 years ago, and has six unpublished novels to use as primers on how NOT to write fiction. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his non-fiction Web Wisdom: Godly Inspiration from the Inbox and starting his new fiction work—a series of novellas set during the period from 1860 to 1880.
Contact me at email@example.com or tweet me at @davidnwalkertx