Procrastination Season

This week, I implemented edits on two large and intensive chapters of Advent 9. I barely got them turned in under the wire, and even a day later, I am still feeling beat.

It was worth it, of course. The progress of these edits will pay off in time. But I’m going to be feeling them all the way to the finish line. So though I still owe you all another installment of Hooked on a Feeling, I’m afraid I’m not up to the task this week.

But hey, I’m still here for you. No matter where you may be on your writing journey, we probably have some common ground to discuss.

So slide a comment into the blog, hit me up on Twitter, or telepathically invade my dreams, and let me know what’s on your mind.

In the meantime, here are a few things you’ll probably see from me soon.

More Site Promotion

The traffic here at Mr. Horne’s Book of Secrets has been growing.

No, really.

Year over year, traffic continues to tick upward. But if we extrapolate this growth rate, it will still take the site decades to get where it needs to be. More needs to be done to draw eyes to this blog.

The obvious solution is to incorporate more Twitter referrals. Posting one blog link a day has been tremendous for the site’s traffic. But I can do better.

It would of course be counterproductive to turn my Twitter account into a spambot that shoots rapid-fire blog links, but realistically, I can probably start posting three links each day without changing the character of my Twitter account or alienating my audience there.

Step-by-step Updates

The publication process is long and harrowing, but I believe it would be helpful to keep a record of my experience as it happens. This serves not only to give readers and idea about what goes on behind the curtain, but also serve as status updates as I launch a book and a brand.

Emerging from My Cave

Interestingly enough, I’ve already gotten several offers to appear on podcasts.

Quite a few of those offers had to be cancelled or postponed due to the recent troubles in the world. But if and when I ever get a book deal, I will certainly have to transition to “marketing mode”.

This means doing a lot of cross promotion. I will be interacting with others a lot more than I’ve ever done in the past.

Heaven help me.

Let’s Make Next Week Memorable

I am sorry that my blog has been less of a priority now that work on my book has become serious. I will still present you with some extraordinary posts before the end of the year.

Still, you should be aware that this site will become more centered on my work as an author in the coming year. It’s not a bad thing, but it will be different than what you’re used to, and it will never go back to the way it was.

Maybe then we’ll appreciate what we had.

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