It’s time once again to start making plans for November… of course my plans rarely survive contact with the 1st, it’s still fun to try! 🙂
Since last year’s post-a-day worked well for [Placeholder], I’m going to try it again with the new book. I’m also going to follow on the heels of Chasing Falling Stars and write a pre-NaNo book on the setting and charactors for the novemeber novel.
I ‘m tentatively naming it [YANS] (yet another new story), because my track record for working existing stories is horrible. But that means I need to think about what sort of book I’d like to read…
It’s once again time to start mulling over what sort of project I want to do for the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo!
In the past I’ve done attempts at proper 50k novels, short story collections, books about writing books, and even one stab at doing an outline for the November novel (which I then tossed to the wayside).
So far my track record for winning a Camp NaNoWriMo, even at the tiny 10k word goal, has been abysmal. The only win I’ve had has been with That Don’t Impress Me Much, most don’t even come close to breaking the five (or four) digit wordcount threshold.
But I am nothing if not if not overly optimistic!
So my goal for the April Camp NaNoWriMo is to work myself up from the 0 wordcount couch to a 1,667 word victory lap. I figured if I can learn how to write 1,667 words a day then the following NaNos will be a breeze. 🙂
Hitting that goal in 30 days means I need to find a new way every day to write 56 more words than I did the day before. That doesn’t sound too horrible, but I have a feeling as soon as I leave my 200-300 word comfort level things are going to start to get dicey.
I’ll be trying out a bunch of different methods to boost my word count and posting weekly updates on my progress. I figure if I do a lot of experimentation I can figure out which techniques work for me and which don’t– which if nothing else should be amusing for you!
I won a 30-min coaching/strategy session in a random-draw survey contest over at Story Bistro and I find myself in the odd position of having to put some serious thought into my long-term business plan.
Or, at this point, my lack-of-a-business plan.
Téa is an awesome person (check out her blog if you haven’t stumbled across it before!) and it seems the height of rudeness to head into a coaching session with “I have no idea what I’m doing, much less how to market it– HELP!” as my summary.
Although that’s probably more common than I’d like to think. I know from the comments section on her blog that there are a lot of folks like me out there… but they didn’t randomly win a coaching session and thus aren’t flailing around like idiots.
So it’s time to start hammering my nebulous ideas into something that can be described outside of my own head.
And that you can apply marketing kungfu to.
*rolls up sleeves and gets to work*
I’ve been using USPS Priority Mail for all my Etsy listings, which works out to roughly $6.51 for VA to CA shipping for a 5oz package. The boxes are free and the tracking number is included, so it seems like a good deal– right?
Well not when you pair it with an $11 horse!
It wasn’t until I started working on revamping the listings to match the new custom order prices that it really hit me how much the shipping was. The micros are supposed to be cheap and fun, and 50% markup for shipping is neither. Continue reading
So after poking around with the idea of doing a Saturday Story Prompt collection I came to the realization that I can’t rationalize charging someone a dollar just to take 4-5 previous blog posts and bundle them together.
To counter that I’d planned on adding ‘new’ prompts to those collections– but it seemed sort of a waste to not be able to share them with the world (since that’s what the prompts were meant to do).
After mulling it over for a bit I think I’ve finally stumbled onto a solution! Continue reading
I’ve heard horror stories about PayPal for almost as long as the company has existed. There are numerous websites about the various folks they’ve taken money from and sellers that they have screwed over. I actually setup a second bank account back when I did this the first time, just so PayPal wouldn’t have access to anything but the business funds.
But most of the bad things I knew about happened years ago and thus I’ve been waffling about using PayPal or not when it comes to my business.
And then this happened. The story is still spreading across the internet like wildfire, so hopefully PayPal will fix this in the next 24 hours. (Check out this wonderful post by GreenGeekGirl that breaks it down step-by-step.)
Now I am firmly now in the NOT camp. Continue reading
Hammering out a sales plan to meet the January 2012 income goal is a lot harder than I thought it would be.
Going into this project I was fairly confident that the first $42 would be the easiest to earn, after all I’d made that easily when I was doing only model horses, right?
Well, no, not so much when I start looking at the numbers. That first month income goal is for a net amount (after costs), not gross amount (before costs) and I rarely pulled in that much from the horses due to high material costs vs. price points. Continue reading
Due to some shuffling of future plans, it looks like the business needs to start picking up some expected income drop-offs come 2013. So instead of ambling into next year, I need to ramp things up a little faster than I had planned on.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m not trying to make a living from the micro business, but it does need to start paying the bills (literally)– right now the scariest one, aside from the mortgage, is my student loans.
Yay for higher education? Continue reading
March 2011 WiP
Well, this little project didn’t quite turn out as planned.
I figured I’d sort through the piles and make a list of things that were finished and Ready-for-Sale (RfS)– but I have one thing for that list and a very very long list of Work-in-Progress (WiP) pieces that will probably be finished by January 1st.
Some of them are very heavy on the probably… and it’s not just the horses. Continue reading
There are now 120 days left in 2011 and I’m starting to buckle down and get this business plan off the ground. If all goes well I should be ready to roll into 2012 with posts in queue, product in place, and everything shiny.
But making plans = good, putting plans into action = better.
I’ve been putting off a lot of the work that could be done on the business because I don’t want to do it ‘early’. But this is not National Novel Wiriting Month, there’s no penalty for starting early and truth be told, it makes zero difference whether I do some of the tasks now or in November/December. Continue reading