William Doonan

I write books and stories.

Back to the Acid Mines

with 8 comments

The first week of the new semester is now officially over, and I have to say it went pretty great.  Lots of students eager to get into classes.  And of course, I get to talk about all my favorite things, like archaeology and TV.  It’s going to be a busy semester, but I’m determined to get a lot done.

I’m going to write every week.  I’ve started outlining a new mystery series based in Ireland that I’m really excited about.  I’m going to write 3,000 words each week and then see how the project looks come the end of the semester.  I’m also going to whip Grave Indulgence (book three of the Henry Grave series) into shape and into production ASAP.  And then I’m going to spend a great deal of time trying to figure out how the hell to sell books.  Book marketing is a challenge for most writers, and a huge challenge for me.  I have to get a lot better at marketing Mediterranean Grave.  And I have to get ready for American Caliphate, which is still in the final pre-production phases.  I’m hoping it will be under contract any day now.  More on that as the information dribbles in.

Until then, happy writing!  And remember, always cook with at least the second freshest ingredients!

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Written by williamdoonan

August 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm

8 Responses

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  1. Hey bill – just found a fun site called 750 words which you might enjoy in your plan to write 3k words a week. I’ve been really enjoying it (even though I write awesome mystery novels!)

    Beth Duckles

    August 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    • Nice! Thanks, Beth. Cool site; I’m not sure I could write 750 words every morning and not have it be drivel, but it sure is encouraging to know that it’s possible!

      williamdoonan

      August 27, 2011 at 2:27 am

  2. That should read “DON’T” write awesome mystery novels.

    Beth Duckles

    August 26, 2011 at 7:17 pm

  3. The only reason I can do it is that I’m ok with it being drivel. For me it’s just a good way of “priming the pump” and getting myself moving.

    Beth Duckles

    August 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm

  4. You need to market everything better. This is the first I’ve heard of this blog!

    Bill Rozell

    August 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    • Oh, you bet I do! That’s my biggest challenge right now. I have a publisher ready to go with my new book American Caliphate, if only I can become a master marketer in just three short weeks. Any ideas?

      williamdoonan

      August 28, 2011 at 12:38 am

  5. You’re making a good move on that promotion monster by getting out there on Twitter. I’ve found it’s one of the best ways to bring visitors to my blog.

    Patricia Stoltey

    August 30, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    • That’s great to hear. Any advice for how to best use Twitter to get the word out?

      williamdoonan

      August 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm


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