If I learned anything from Sensei Dean Wesley Smith it's - if you want to be a professional writer, you have to write every day - no excuses - no laziness.
So here's my excuses (at least no laziness) for why I haven't written a lick in four days:
- Had to take care of some freelance consulting work
- Published a new blog
- Little League - 4 boys on 3 different teams
- Shopping (yes, I'm the one who buys groceries)
- Social Networking
- Homeschooling the Fab4
- Made changes (fixes) to the interior and cover of _The Watchman of Ephraim_ (so had to re-upload the changes to Amazon, PubIt, Smashwords, CreateSpace and Lightening Source.
I also just started a 100-day diet ... so I'm cranky.
Putting my Publisher's hat on and speaking to my top author (me) - "None of the above are acceptable excuses ... now put your fingers on the keyboard and TYPE!!!"
I hope Sensei DWS is pleased with my self-repudiation.
Bottom Line: As a strategic objective, I intend on becoming more disciplined about writing every work day. Publisher g: "Sounds great ... NOW GO DO IT!"
Some good news: Norm Goldman of Book Pleasures, one of the larger book review sites on the net reached out to me yesterday. He passed _TWOE_ on to his staff, which led to Fran Lewis requesting _TWOE_ for review! She'll have _TWOE_ in her hands by next week. Norm also mentioned that there might be one other reviewer who may be interested in reviewing _TWOE_.
For those of you self-publishing, you know how important and difficult it is to get professional reviews. I'm very grateful to both Norm and Fran, regardless of whether they rave or pan _TWOE_ ... but I pray it's the former!
I hope to have another chapter or two written for _Signs of War_ this weekend.
(Please feel free to leave comments – your comments can be as helpful as anything I write for others. I hope this series turns out to be less my talking at you and more – a group of like-minded storytellers that self-publish or intend to. Peace & God Bless!)
About Gerard de Marigny
Gerard de Marigny is an American novelist and screenplay writer. His newest release is WHITE WIDOW (Cris De Niro, Book 7) and he is currently writing the sequel to the Amazon-Bestselling Modern War Western, JOSHUA'S COUNTRY.
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