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2015 Q2 Goals and Updates

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FireweedTrail-400I’m late to the party, I know. But with good reason: I’ve been busy.

As of Tuesday, April 7, I published that KindleWorld tale I mentioned beginning late last quarter. I can now speak more freely about it. The friend whose KindleWorld I helped launch is mystery/police procedural novelist Toby Neal, whose Lei Crime series is a popular one among mystery fans and lovers of Hawaii alike.

My tale, Fireweed Trail, was one of eight launch titles that have been burning up the sales charts on Amazon since their debut on April 7, when Toby’s KW launched. It’s a thrill to be part of the launch, to be asked to help out, and to reach new readers with my work. For all that, I’m deeply grateful to Ms. Neal, and a special “Aloha!” to her. You should check out the entire set of eight titles, not just mine; they are all, of course, Amazon exclusive titles.

And so, now to set new goals for myself for Q2 2015 for ROW80.

1. Get back to Razed and finish that tale, then get it ready for submission to Kindle Scout/Kindle Press. Yeah, it’d be nice to have Amazon’s full backing for my next project, which is a zombie thriller combined with a unique coming-of-age tale. And yes, I said zombie, but in the horror sense, not the zombie apocalypse sense. It’s proven to be a popular concept so far over at Write On from Amazon, so hopefully that’ll translate.

2. Gather my Spoiled Rotten trilogy into one volume and re-release it as a novel. (Revise as needed, based on Write On feedback.)

And frankly, that’s all I think I really need to do between now and the end of June to have a successful quarter. So that’s it.

ROW80 Toby Neal

ROW 80 2015 Round 1 in review

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Fireweed TrailSo, here we are at the end of the first quarter of 2015 already and I have results unlike any quarter I’ve had in a while. It’s been a pretty interesting 80 days, so it’s time to look back before moving ahead.

Here were my goals:

1) Finish off Ripe, the final installment of my Spoiled Rotten trilogy. DONE!

Yup! I finished that one off and it’s done. Nice to have that in my rear view at last.

2) Collect the Spoiled Rotten trilogy together and submit to Write On for feedback. DONE!

I received over 4,200 words of critique from my fellow authors at Write On on Spoiled Rotten that will inform a final polish and revision on this one; I’m repackaging it as a full-length novel with an all-new cover by my cover guru, Victorine E. Lieske!

It’ll probably debut in the second quarter of 2015.

3) Write a KW short for my friend’s set-to-launch-in-April KindleWorld.

Not quite done yet, but closing in on it!

The book, a novella-length-ish book, is called Fireweed Trail and is set in … the forthcoming Lei Crime Series KindleWorld created by talented novelist Toby Neal!

The almost-final cover, by the reliable Victorine, decorates the top of this post!

Aside from all that? My PR impact from being on ENT has been a thrill: I’ve sold about 55 copies and 11 borrows on The Woodsman since that one-day free-day ad ran. I’ll but that for a dollar! (Or $15.00!)

So, that’s all for now, folks. I’ll reveal my big plans for Q2 2015 when we resume in April.

For now, I have to work on getting Fireweed Trail out on time!