Reaching for the next level:
After reading Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing by Larry Brooks, I decided to adopt the methods outlined in the book. The book has become my Bible. I’m always referring to it. In the embryonic stages, after the first read, I wrote and published BRAIN STORM, a science fiction, time travel yarn.
I’ve been trying to mold my latest stories to fit into the engineering space. So far, there’s been three attempts and three calls for abandoning ship.
Another book crossed my path: How to Market a Book: Overperform in a Crowded Market by Ricardo Favet. I haven’t finished reading the book but my main take away so far is researching popular genres through the use of software that can decipher how many books are sold per day based on overall ranking status.
Once a suitable genre is targeted, the author recommends writing three books in succession and publishing one per month in “rapid release”.
I’m going to give it a shot.
Carving my own path:
The first book mentioned above is dedicated to producing a manuscript that might make it past a literary agent’s desk and eventually lead to a traditional publishing contract. The second book focuses on independent publishing to the digital universe, specifically Amazon.
My goal is to merge the components of story construction: plot pacing, character arc, and the four story elements (setup, inciting event, conflict, resolution) with the fast paced output required to keep a steady stream of eBooks on the digital shelf.
There is a series in development right now. Production should be underway in 14 days. My first publishing goal is set for December 1, 202.