What I'm Up To: Multi-Tasking

I’m excited about having visitors coming soon, but my dusting and bathroom scrubbing is lagging behind as I plow into various projects.

Publishing & Distribution of “Passion and Peril on the Silk Road.” I’m about halfway through the process of getting the book distributed to bookstores via Lightning Source. It looks like their book sizes aren’t the same as my Createspace book, so, ugh, I will have to slightly (double-ugh) reformat the book block and cover before uploading.

Marketing. Trying to something (what?) with my Facebook Fan Page. And I’m exploring book reading sites like GoodReads, LibraryThing, AuthorsDen and Amazon’s Author Central as places to hang out and spread the word. I don’t think I have the energy to post fresh little blogs and book reviews (for other authors) everywhere… but how do I sort it out?

Pondering an audio version of “P&P” to post as a serial podcast on Podiocast. Feels like a big project… reading aloud 300+ pages, editing, putting in intros and outros. Maybe later this summer. Don’t know if this counts as a “distribution channel” or a “marketing investment” since you only get paid if someone chooses to donate. Spreading the word is important.

I started in on a video trailer for the book before we went to St Louis — they are all the rage among authors now. So that’s hanging out there too…

New novel. I am happily outlining a new version of “Smugglers’ Road.” I thought this was going to be a quick revision of a completed work, like “P&P” but once I changed the main character names from Jackson, Nellie and Dan… and changed one of the other characters from Tony Savani (male) to Toni Savani (female)… and decided to have it start in Thailand instead of the U.S…. and re-read my bible “Story: Substance, Structure, Style” by Robert McKee… well, I see an in-depth re-write in the works.

Castlewood. In between, I’m figuring out how to put together a “wiki” around our beloved and historic old resort Castlewood. People keep contacting me about it and I think I need to set up a place where everyone can just sign on and post their memories and old photos. Caution: learning curve ahead.

Ars longa, vita brevis. Or as Chaucer put it: “The lyfe so short, the craft so long to lerne.”

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