Monday, April 23, 2018

Pierwalker Log: April 23, 2018

Writing start: 10:26 A.M.
Finish: 2:46 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 1000
Edited (est.): 11,200


1. Failure: Special read-through (Ch.3)
Notes: I was worried this chapter, which I remember well, was going to be a nightmare. It wasn't.

2. Book Three Melody: 600 new words
Notes: I may perform a special read-through of the manuscript, incomplete as it is, when I finish this chapter. As a new tool, it has proved invaluable with my other projects.

3. Watson: Special read-through (Ch.4)

4. Slum: Primary edit number four.

5. Love Story: Off till next Monday

6. Rumpel: 400 new words
Notes: The team is coming together!

7. Ant story: Off

8. Dread Pirate Roberts (2): Read-through

Extra notes: Today, April 23, 2018, is an auspicious day in my writing career, now fifteen years long. For this is the day that, once and for all time going forward, that I will never again offer my original works for free for any reason.

I can say to anyone who asks why that, for fifteen long years, I did. I gave away thousands of copies of my books. It might actually be tens of thousands of copies. For a decade and a half.

I've given enough. I will give no more.

If this decision means that no one will ever read another original word of mine again, then so be it.

Those who come to this blog and click on my books in the right sidebar will notice that they are discounted from what I charge at retailers. People who visit this blog should be rewarded, after all. At the big retailers, however, I will never again discount or make free anything I publish there. I will discount here, but never again will I make my work free.

My fan fiction I cannot legally charge for, so I won't. The copyright, after all, belongs to someone else.

I have done everything I reasonably can with what meager resources I have to get the word out about my books for a decade and a half now. I have done those things repeatedly. I have cried and prayed and gotten all sorts of depressed about my failed marketing efforts.

Those efforts are at an end. I have this blog, and I have my work at those retailers, and I have my silly little Reddit "subreddit." I have LinkedIn and a few other minor peripherals. None of them really count as "marketing," but simply "presence." That's enough. There won't be more. I'm done.