My writing journal for Friday, September 12, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.
With any luck at all, at my current rate of progress, I should be ready to do a first quick “slash and burn” edit on both the novella, and the nonfiction book I’m ghostwriting for a client this weekend. Happy days. :-) I managed 2,000 words of fiction, and 1,800 words of nonfiction. I’d like to do more of both today, but I’ve got a couple of meetings this afternoon, so that’s unlikely.
I got caught up with email last night, mostly. I’ve still got a couple of student short stories to read.
This morning’s email is light; I just need to make some notes and Julia can handle the bulk of it.
It’s time for Honey’s breakfast and my own. She’s a riot. She has a very strict routine, and nothing happens outside that routine. You can set your clock by her. She knows what time she has breakfast, when she goes out to play, and when it’s time for lunch.
One day I had to get up early to pick someone up at the airport; no way could I get her out of her comfy bed. It was outside her routine. When I got back, she ignored me for an hour, as she does when something doesn’t go her way.
That said, she’s the only dog we’ve ever owned that you can safely leave in the garden with open gates, and not worry that she’ll streak through them. She’s a real little lady, who cares what you think about her. She hates it if you raise your voice; she needs a calm environment.
Time for my own breakfast, while reading a student’s short story. I make a few notes, so that Julia can send the feedback.
Next, I need to check over my draft blog posts, add some content, and edit some images. I like to have a good selection of images, so I send reminder emails to my blogging clients to get them to me.
Images and YOUR blog
Many bloggers don’t create images for their blog posts. This is a shame, because it means that they get fewer social media shares. I grind my teeth whenever I find a wonderful blog post, which I’d love to post to Pinterest, and there’s no image. The Web’s all about images now.
So, even if you’re a writer, and you’re as sniffy about pretty pictures as I used to be, please source some images for your posts, so we can share your posts.
If you don’t have any images that you’re comfortable sharing, use the one of the many stock photo libraries to grab images. They might cost you a few dollars (most are cheap), but look on it as a business expense. If you can’t afford that, use websites like Photopin which offer free Creative Commons images.
OK, time for my walk.
Make freebies the heart of your social media push
I’m back. It’s time to create an ebook for a copywriting client who has me on retainer. I create an ebook a month for his website, and he’s getting good traffic and conversions when he offers them for free, in exchange for a subscription to his mailing list.
Yesterday this blog post on getting leads from Pinterest gave me some insights on how we can get more traction from Pinterest for his ebooks. Usually, I’d create just a couple of images, and would pin them to several of the clients’ boards over a month. Alisa Meredith suggests that you create LOTS of images for your lead generators.
It’s time to leave for my meetings now. I’ll have lunch while I’m out. With luck, I’ll be back in time to do more with the company history I’m ghostwriting.
Back again, and it’s very late. Both meetings ran over time. A quick daily review, and a word count total, and that’s it for another week.