Blog Archive - June 2013

And I say Hey, What's Goin' On?

hmHello all! Another month has gone by and some of you may be wondering if I'll ever have another book out. Well I sure hope so! With so many new releases coming out every day, it's easy to feel left behind. My last release with a publisher was Mending Noel for Christmas. It might all seem a little quiet on the western front, but I assure you, behind the scenes, it's non-stop. Sometime I have to remind myself what I've actually accomplished, because it's all too easy for me to forget when there's so much I want to get done. Taking a moment to think about it, I haven't done too bad since the new year started, and I feel I've been making up for lost time--a good part of that is thanks to strict deadlines and mass organization.

I started off my newbie writing career as a full blown pantser, and although there's still a good deal of that involved, I no longer write everything on the fly. Julius's book, A Rose by Any Other Name was completely outlined from beginning to end, everything worked out. I also made myself work on solely that story until it was done. No jumping around to two or three stories at once. I had planned on 60k and ended up with 96,415 words. I submitted it in mid-January, so hopefully it won't be too much longer before I hear back, though I know the publishing house that I've sent it to have been very busy.

Next, I wrote The Only Star for Remi & Hawk's 1 year anniversary. It came in at 17, 419 words. I also created the cover for it which meant finding stock photos and putting it all together.

After that came An Intrepid Trip to Love which came in at 35,168 words, as well as the cover, plus I managed to squeeze in 20, 502 words of Hunter's book. I had to pause that to finish Johnnie's book.

Johnnie's book, I did the same as Julius's. Outlined everything, worked on only that. I gave myself a strict deadline, used a handy new spreadsheet the lovely Svanja Liv created for NaNoWriMo. Although I've yet to take part in NaNoWriMo (I plan to change that this year), I thought I would give the spreadsheet a try. I'm so glad I did. This little spreadsheet has worked wonders for me. It's helped with my motivation in a lot of ways.  I'm very visual and if I can see how I'm doing, it makes me want to do more. Seeing the word count in Microsoft Word wasn't enough. On this spreadsheet, not only can I put in my writing goals , but seeing that running tally rise while the words left went down, as well as the progress bar,  well, it was great. The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe came in at 68,465 words and was submitted May 31st. I'll keep you posted on any replies.

My next deadline is for July 1st and that's for Jack Frost's story. He and Rudy were in Mending Noel. I had decided last Christmas that these fellas would get their own book this Christmas. So stay tuned for more on that. After Jack's novella, I hope to finish off Hunter's book and submit that. So, what are the figures?

2 novels submitted: 164, 880 words. 2 free novellas written and posted: 52, 587 words. 2 works in progress started: 20, 502 words.

Since Jan (not including blog posts or guest posts) 139,551 words written.

By the end of the year, I hope *fingers crossed* to have 3 new releases.

I scare myself sometimesAside all the writing, there's also been guest posting and day to day shenanigans. All in all, not a bad year so far. I have big plans for a new series I've been working on for the last two years on and off. It's 4 books initially. I'm hoping to get it ready and scheduled for release early next year. I'm very excited but it's all a little hush hush at the mo.

Now my only thought is, if all my stories get accepted, will they all come back for editing at the same time? I think we both know the answer to that one.

x Charlie


Kate McMurray is my guest over at the Purple Rose Tea House

teahouseFavicon128Hello all! Kate McMurray has stopped by the Purple Rose Tea House as part of the Big Gay Wedding Tour. She's there to chat about comedy lemonade and her new release Save the Date. For a chance to win a free eBook copy, just drop by her post and leave a comment along with a contact email address.

x Charlie


Two guys walk into an apocalypse... Character Interview with V.L. Locey over at the Tea House

teahouseFavicon128Hello all! V.L. Locey has stopped by the Purple Rose Tea House with the two handsome fellas from Two Guys Walk into an Apocalypse 2: It Came From Birmingham. Stop by for a great interview with Paul Cooke and Gordon Moretti. Zombie slayers, a cat, and goo, oh my!

x Charlie


My Day at TRR's Sizzling Summer Reads Party & new Daily Blog Themes

Hey all! First, today (Sunday June 9th) is my day over at The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads Party for anyone interested in the chance to win a free eBook from my current releases. It's an easy-peasy question you can find here: http://bit.ly/11zAC5u

Seconds, on my old blog I had themed days which I managed to keep up with for a while, and I thought now that the new website is up and running, Id get back to those daily themes. I'll do my best to stick with them and unless there's something like an announcement or blog hop, they'll be pretty regular. Here are the themes and what those posts will generally consist of, though I'm sure they'll expand along the way.

MondayMediaCCochetApps, programs, social media, blogging platforms, music, movies, books, HTML, How-to's.

   

TuesdayTalksCCochetWriter's life, motivation, inspiration, conflict, reviews, topics related to writing.

   

wedwritingccWork in progress, behind the scenes, updates on my writing, excerpts, about characters & more. Posts specific to my writing.

   

ThursdayThoughtsCCochetTopics on anything from internet etiquette to life in general.

     

FridayFunCCochetRandom posts on anything from facts about characters, character interviews, to coffee or whatever strikes my fancy.

   

Monday Media: Techno Trauma Part 3 - Bitly

MondayMediaCCochetWelcome to another installment of Techno Trauma. Today I'm chatting about bitly. Now, I've only recently started to use this in earnest, and I have to say I'm loving it. Before, like many folks, I used Tiny URL to shorten my links, but then I stumbled across bitly.

At first, I used it as one offs, when I needed a link quickly shortened, not really paying attention to what they offered. Then I started reading a little more about it from several other authors and sources, I decided to give it a go. It's fantastic.

Bit.ly_LogoI've discovered it to be a great asset. When you sign up for bitly, you can connect accounts. I connected my Facebook and Twitter account. Why would you do this? Because when you go to shorten a URL, it will have a share button, and when you click 'Share', a list with your connected accounts will appear. Here's a screenshot. (Click for full view)

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Cross-posting: As you can see, it allows you to select which account(s) you'd like to post to, and also allows for you to write your tweet or post. Then all you have to do is click 'Post & Tweet' and it will do so for you. Aside this, you have the option of making the link private or public. Your shortened links remain as part of 'Your Stuff', so folks using bitly can also find them. You'll be able to see stats, you can archive your links, or bundle them up. If you have anyone in your networks with a bitly account, they'll be able to see your bitly links and you'll be able to see theirs. Links can also be saved to your stuff, or folks can save your links to theirs.

Stats: Another great thing about having a bitly account is the fact that it keeps stats of your links. You can see stats for individual links or all your links combined. It has breakdowns of how many times your links were clicked by month, week, day, or hour. You can see how many times that link has been clicked, whether clicked from Facebook or Twitter, what countries by percentage, and uses easy to read bar graphs and pie charts.

The whole site is user friendly. I started using bitly in May, so in a few months, I'll follow up with another post to let you know how it's going, but so far, it's fantastic. Also, if you use Chrome, I recommend getting the bitly extension which will put the little blow-fish up in your browser bar. What you do then--once you're signed in, you go to whichever page you want to short link--even your own post, and then click on the fish, and a box will pop up with your shortened link, as well as your option to share (just as above). They have a blog and a great knowledge base.

Before I was just clicking willy-nilly, using it as more of a quick convenience, until I realized everything it had to offer. If you use short links a lot, especially for apps like Twitter, this is a great little site. High recommended.

x Charlie


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