A Week In Retrospect – What did Alex Do?

I am planning to post a weekly round-up every Sunday. Just a little post that keeps things ticking over.

Being the first week of the year, and with the revelry of Christmas and New Year still echoing in the background, I could not have asked for a better start. The first four days saw me write over 2000 words a day, and various freelance projects and blog posts.

I completed the editing of my third (and currently final) short story collection, and ran through a secondary grammar sweep too. This has now been sent to my editor for her final approval.

Each collection clocks in at around 30,000 words. My plan being, to introduce three separate eBooks, and one ‘omnibus’ paperback collection. I am excited by these short stories, as I have been writing them for years, they were some of the first things I wrote. They have been heavily edited, but the core details remained the same.

I managed a blog post every day this week, and saw increasing stats with each one. I really hope that I can keep the interest in the blog going. Not sure if it will lead to any book sales, but it is more of a personal goal anyway.

I sold some books too. Not many, but I’m still ironing out my marketing strategy. Judging by the amazon rankings and their rise and subsequent fall, I think I sold something on almost every day, which is nice.

I even had a pretty decent week in the office, something that happens very rarely.

I also planned out a press release that I am applying the finishing touches to along with five anthology submissions.

I have one story actually already written, just in need of an edit, so that was a nice find. I have written the first draft of one entry, a 1,000 word flash piece, and have got two fully planned yesterday. One, an Urban Fantasy piece that will clock around 5,000 words and the second a Horror story that will come in at 7,500 and is tentatively titled ‘The Keeper of the Watch.’

All in all, it was a great week, and I really hope that it will serve as a good foundation for the year ahead.

How was your week? What did you get up to?

What are your plans for the coming week?

Mine is to write 2,000 words a day, now that my editing is done, I am all three ‘writing slot’s’ wide open and should hit that target. That will give me 12,000 words by next Sunday and should be both of the longer anthology subs taken care of. First drafts at least. I will try to keep blogging at one post a day, but in the very least it will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

9 thoughts on “A Week In Retrospect – What did Alex Do?

  1. Impressive week! I am aiming to write 1000 words per day and step up my advertising campaign prior to the release of book 3. Don’t know when I’ll fit in writing some short stories, but I will do it with your motivation Alex.

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