Free NaNoEdMo Revision Time Tracking Spreadsheet Available

The spreadsheet tracks hours for “National Novel Editing Month”, where the goal is to revise/edit for 50 hours in 31 days. It can be adapted and used for other months, as well, for anyone who wants to use it. I used as a base the spreadsheet that was offered last year, I rearranged and added a few things. It’s a GoogleDoc spreadsheet, however, you do not have to have a Google account to access it.

If you have GoogleDoc yourself, you can “Save As” to save a copy into your own account.

For anyone else, you can “Download As” (Export) this out into Excel or an Open Office document (as well as others).

Nanoedmo Time Tracking 2010


Can’t Make Money at E-Books? Who says?

J.A. Konrath has posted his to-date Kindle E-book sales figures for the month of February 2010. Wow, interesting numbers.

Keeping in mind that he has a series (and other books) ‘traditionally’ published and has generated a following with those, the numbers are still very interesting. Kudos to an author for sharing numbers in this time when hardly anyone has been sharing much of anything concrete. It’s hard to find good numbers out there, and J.A. Konrath has been very forth-coming with them.

Take a hop over and take a look. Then roll your eyes when any established author says they can’t make money at e-books. Instead of being afraid of the technology, perhaps those same authors should dust off all the projects that the ‘traditional’ route rejected and start an e-book following. And in the meantime, start negotiating for higher royalties on electronic rights. Some of the percentages out there with the big houses are border-line criminal.

Meanwhile, this writer is going to keep pounding away at the keys despite ‘life’ trying to get in the way. Hoping to follow a similar path: ‘traditionally’ published and then expand from there. We’ll see how it goes! 🙂

“First (Professional) Novel Survey” by Jim C. Hines – Do You Qualify?

Jim C. Hines is doing a “First (Professional) Novel Survey”. If you have a novel that has provided at least a $2000 advance, he would love to have you fill out the survey. He’s already had quite the response, but he’s hoping for more genre variety. He’s looking for brand new authors and grizzled veterans alike, so long as you were the sole author. How long ago it happened doesn’t matter. The survey will remain open through March 15, after which he’ll pull together the data and present it (after purging any identifying information).

I’m looking forward to seeing the results! Too bad I, so far, don’t have a novel that would qualify.

How Many Current Projects?

A few weeks ago another writer asked me how many projects I’m currently working on. I had to stop and think. It was way past three, and at that point I can’t remember. Get out the lists!

So, I spent a little time making out a list. Wow, what an eye-opener.

As one of my short stories just made the leap from “Revising” status to “Finished” status, I thought I would put the numbers into here.

1 novel
3 short stories

1 novel
2 short stories
1 Non-fiction Article

First Draft Finished
4 novels

First Draft in Progress

1 novel

Planning Stage
6 novels

Not including the “Finished” category, that makes 15 projects actively being worked on. Yeow, no wonder I couldn’t remember them all! We won’t even mention how long the ‘idea file’ is becoming. The Muse has been hyped up on sugar, throwing out ideas right and left. My head is hurting from being bonked by one too many of them!

I just realized I never said what the second book I wrote for Nano 2009 was. In my defense, November was a really hard month. The answer is: Hyperspace Encounters: (Science Fiction Romance) After her freighter crashed into a sentient ship of an unknown species, a clever widow finds herself neck-deep in the delicate balance between peace and war, and her dead husband’s fate might hold the key.

It came out to a finished rough draft of 84k and turned out better than I expected. The outline for this particular novel was rather skimpy, and some interesting things happened while writing it. As a result, it’s going to need massive revision to carry all the new ideas throughout the book. But it will be a fun revision, too. The characters really came alive, and the universe took a few interesting turns. Plus I got to write a space adventure! In spaceships! So totally cool!

I’ve put it away to rest for a bit while I work on the revision of two other novels.