My writing journal for Tuesday, September 23, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.
The end is in sight for the novella. I wrote 1,200 words, setting up the major scene which I mentioned yesterday.
So, I’m ready to write the scene. However, since I’m way ahead of the schedule on this book I decided to spend some extra time on the nonfiction book proposal which I’m creating for a client’s memoir. I made good headway on the overview, so Julia’s sending that off to the client for her input.
It must be spring, because Honey’s outside. She didn’t want to come in this morning; she’s enjoying the warmer weather. I’ve got to call her in and make her breakfast.
I read email while I’m eating my toast. We’re almost all caught up with email, because I did a heavy push on it last night. Several students sent me their stories; I’ve got just two left on which I need to provide feedback.
Next, work with my new coaching client.
Showing your expertise in an ebook
I’m working with a new coaching and ghostwriting client who’s starting her own business. She’s got wonderful expertise in her profession, so I suggested that she capitalize on that.
Firstly, we’re setting up a website for her, essentially so that she can collect email addresses of prospects. At the same time, we’re developing a couple of ebooks. One she’ll use as an inducement to sign up for her mailing list. The other, we’ll publish on Kindle Direct Publishing; this will help her to show her expertise. If it happens to make a little money, that will be fine too. :-)
A year ago, I would have suggested that she build out her website into an authority site to get traffic. However, the online world has changed. Yes, you still need all the SEO you can manage. But it’s hard to get search engine traffic for a brand new website, no matter how large and authoritative it might be, so we’re going to skip that for at least a year.
My client needs the ebooks, and social media, AND partnerships to get traction.
I love working with people who are good at what they do; helping them to provide value for others. Our first step will be to work out exactly what she’s offering, and how she’ll brand her new business.
It’s time for my walk. I won’t be able to walk tomorrow, because I have a couple of meetings, so I need to go today.
I’m back from my walk, and spend some time updating my schedule for this week and next. Then I have lunch while browsing social media.
After lunch, I get on with the company history book, using the cluster diagrams I created yesterday. I manage to do 2,000 words on this. Excellent.
The new blog launch
In our meeting yesterday, we discussed the company’s branding, and their new blog. I’ve got to do a proposal and scope. This means a lot of research.
Research tip: only do as much as you need to do. Start by deciding exactly what you need to know, and create some research questions to answer.
After spending a couple of hours on it, I need a short break. I decide walk to the park with Honey so that I can get some fresh air, and think.
It’s late afternoon; time to I catch up on email and phone calls. I’ll try to work on a couple of short stories tonight; I need to keep up with them so I can get them published in October.
I complete my daily review, count my words, and I’m done for another day.