Whenever I give a seminar on writing or self-publishing, I always tell the audience that while it’s great to have the newest computer with all the bells and whistles, you just can’t beat having a strong Internet connection when you want to get online and research something for a book, and having your own writing office you can go to and work undisturbed is every author’s dream. But I tell them the single most important tool they can have if they want to have success as an author is butt glue.
That’s right, butt glue. Because it doesn’t matter where you write, or what you write with, or how you do your research, unless you glue your butt to a chair and start working on your book, and keep at it, you’re never going to get done. It’s all too easy to get distracted. You wander into the kitchen to get a drink, notice that the breakfast dishes haven’t been washed, so you decide to do them while you’re there. A friend calls to say hello and an hour later you’re still talking. Then you notice that weird guy across the street is standing in his driveway in his bathrobe again and you watch to see what he’s up to now. Whatever it is, it’s not getting your book written. I know way too many authors who have been working on the same book for months, even years, and are nowhere close to being finished. They need butt glue.
I started working on Big Lake Snowdaze, the 13th book in the series, on October 30 and finished it yesterday. It came in at 75K words. I will give it a quick onceover this morning and print it out, and then Terry will start proofing it. As soon as she is done it will go out to my other proofreaders. If all goes well, it should be out next week.
This is my 19th novel, and my 29th book total. Once this one is out I plan to take a couple of weeks off and spend some time relaxing, paddling my kayak, and doing a little bit of fishing. Then I will start back on my next project, the fourth book in my John Lee Quarrels mystery series.
Several readers have asked me if we have sold our Winnebago Ultimate Advantage motorhome yet. No, it is still on consignment at PPL Motorhomes in Houston. We had a deal pending that fell through on Monday because the prospective purchasers couldn’t secure financing. I was really hoping it would be gone by now, but at least I’m not the one dealing with the tire kickers. Better PPL than me.
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It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake, my first novel and the first book in my Big Lake mystery series. This is the one that made the New York Times bestseller list and launched my career as a mystery author. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included.