In today’s Journal
* Quotes of the Day
* Someone unsubscribed (not a bad thing)
* Topic: A Proposed Inventory for Short Fiction
* Daily diary
* Of Interest
* The numbers
Quotes of the Day
“I like to hope that because stuff’s surprising me along the way, maybe it has the same surprise and spontaneity for readers. … It’s all about following it wherever it may lead.” Tana French (Thanks to Phillip McCollum for pointing me to this quote)
“Is there a lesson here for self-pubbers? … to be a success, you have to publish well and often.” Kristy Montee in a comment on “Don’t Miss Your Deadlines….”
Someone unsubscribed from my main blog post. This is not a bad thing. I mention it only because it caused me to go to MailChimp to see whether the person left a reason. (He or she didn’t.) But that further caused me to look at my “audience.” There were 700 contacts, ony 382 of which were subscribers. Wow.
MailChimp has started a policy of counting even unsubscribed contacts against your total, so I took a little time to go through and delete those unsubscribed contacts permanently.
Then I moved over and looked at my other “audiences” and the accompanying stats.
For this Journal, we have 70 hearty souls subscribed. The stats are as follows:
* 62% (43 subscribers) open frequently — Thank you. I assume you’re getting something of value from the blog or at least enjoying the daily chat. I’m glad.
* 3% (2 subscribers) open sometimes — Again, thank you. I kind’a sort’a think these are my weekly readers. (grin)
* 34% (24 subscribers) open rarely — That’s all right. If you’re one of those (and if you’re by chance even reading this), I hope you’ll pop in more often. I try to vary the topics and make them interesting and beneficial for you.
* 1% (1 subscriber) — shrug. Who knows? MailChimp didn’t even mention that one. I assume he or she has a rifle and is hunting me. Which is fine. There are days when I want to paint a target on both sides of my t-shirt and stand on my roof. (grin)
You who are in the 65%, if you do find something helpful in these Journal entries, please tell other writers.
Topic: A Proposed Inventory for Short Fiction
A couple of days ago, I outlined a spreadsheet by which you might keep an invetory of your novels.
Yesterday morning after I filed the Journal, I spent a few hours setting up a similar spreadsheet to keep track of my inventory of short stories.
This is just as important as keeping track of your novels, folks. Short stories have been made into movies. In fact, one of my own flash fiction stories (“At Confession”) was made into a short film on three separate occasions.
Of course, I knew absolutely nothing about IP or licensing back then. I graciously gave the producers my permission to make the film. I can only hope someone else approaches me to make yet another film. It will be a different story.
Anyway, I thought I’d share the headings for my short story spreadsheet:
Series (even if your stories aren’t currently in series, that doesn’t mean you won’t write some in series later)
Pen Name (I added this column because around half of my current short stories are available under a pen name)
Pub (your publisher name and/or imprint)
Words (word count)
BISAC 1 (BISAC categories, such as SF, action-adventure, etc.)
Sold To (this is filled in if you license your story to the TradPub magazines before indie publishing it. I put it in this position because in the future all of my short stories will be offered to TradPubMags first)
Rights Revert (date)
Indie Pub Date
Amazon Link (contains Amazon ASIN)
ISBN Other (PublishDrive, StreetLib, etc.)
Collection (Name of collection/collections including this short story. One story might be in a 5-story collection/10-story collection)
Pub Date (for the collection/s)
Notes (if you want or need it. My Notes column currently only says “For specific collection pub details, see Collections spreadsheet.”
That’s it for now.
If you can think of other fields that I should add, please email me or (preferably) leave a comment. Thanks!
Rolled out at 3 this morning. I continued working to refine my inventory.
My current plan is to push through and have it whipped into some semblance of shape by the end of the month. Then I need to get back to writing. I’m really jonesing to write some fiction.
Talk with you again tomorrow.
See the comments on “Pulp Speed Back Once Again” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/pulp-speed-back-once-again/#comments.
See “A brand new course on Amazon algorithms” (free) at https://blog.reedsy.com/learning/courses/marketing/amazon-algorithms/.
See “Keeping a Writing Career On Track With Query Tracker” at https://www.authorspublish.com/keeping-a-writing-career-on-track-with-query-tracker/. If you’re looking for an agent….
See “Flame Tree Press: Now Seeking Manuscript Submissions” at https://www.authorspublish.com/flame-tree-press-now-seeking-manuscript-submissions/. The actual website for the publisher is https://www.flametreepress.com/.
See “Writing About Crossing The Line, et al.” at http://prowriterswriting.com/writing-about-crossing-the-line-et-al. Something to think about, let sink in, then use via your subconscious while writing.
Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 820 (Journal)
Total words for the day: 820
Writing of ()
Day 1…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX
Total fiction words for the month……… 7399
Total fiction words for the year………… 358737
Total nonfiction words for the month… 29330
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 213430
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 572167
Calendar Year 2019 Novels to Date…………………… 7
Calendar Year 2019 Novellas to Date……………… 1
Calendar Year 2019 Short Stories to Date… 1
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)…………………………………… 43
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)………………………………… 8
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)………………… 194
Short story collections……………………………………………… 31