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Whatever It Takes – The Climb #153

23rd June 2017 I worked on the novel until gone 3:30am today. Part of the reason is that I could.  I don’t have the day job tomorrow so I decided to keep going as long as I could.  When I got to a question that I felt I needed more than a quick 2 minute [...]

2017-06-24T12:13:00+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Hype, Marketing, Productivity, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Planning A Novel That Will Sell – The Climb #152

Thursday 22nd June 2017 Let me preface this by saying that there are lots of ways to write a book, not only in the actual writing but in the planning and plotting as well.  If you look at this and think “I don’t work like that”  it doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong.  In fact, [...]

2017-06-23T12:37:04+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Marketing, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Stop Worrying About The Long Term Forecast – The Climb #109

Wednesday 10th May 2017 I woke up with a scratchy throat this morning and I wonder if this touch of illness has put me a little off colour today. This has been the first day where I really didn’t enjoy vlogging.  Maybe the novelty has worn off but I found I was asking myself why [...]

2017-05-11T08:34:52+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Health, Marketing, Publishing, Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather|0 Comments

How to Progress Towards Goals – The Climb #108

Tuesday 9th May 2017 It suddenly feels like everything has kicked up a gear. I’ve been very busy over the last couple of days having started the vlogs, but yesterday, it felt like the only thing there was to talk about were the vlogs themselves.  In terms of things actually happening, there wasn’t very much [...]

2017-05-10T09:41:01+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Health, Marketing, The Climb, Weather|0 Comments

Shit Just Got Real – The Climb #84

Saturday 15th April 2017 Two Years ago, Eastercon was held in London.  I remember chatting to Cameron and Rob about their novels.  Gollancz had an open submissions window and so I lambasted the pair of them for not submitting.  They in turn, took issue with me and the manuscript with Black As Knight that I’d [...]

2017-04-16T10:30:14+00:00 April 16th, 2017|Events, Marketing, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Drunken Ramblings of A Man At Eastercon – The Climb #83

Friday 14th April 2017 Today has been a fun day. I spent the morning doing some admin.  I got The Climb scheduled (a minor victory in itself) and wrote  over 1000 words on book 2. By this time friends had started to arrive at Eastercon so I went downstairs to catch up with them.  Cameron [...]

2017-04-15T08:48:25+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Events, Marketing, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Financial Reality Of Being A Writer – The Climb #80

Tuesday 11th April 2017 One of the big life aims of most writers is to one day earn enough from your writing that you could do it full-time.  For most writers it’s the impossible dream.  Even if you are able to get a book deal that pays you an advance, to earn one that actually [...]

2017-04-12T09:17:57+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Marketing, Productivity, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

I Needed To Do This – The Climb #77

Saturday 8th April 2017 Today has seen some glorious weather.  We’re finally into the season where you can go out in just a T-Shirt and not feel cold.  It’s a sign that summer is well on its way. And how do I know this?  Was it because I spent all day in the sunshine?  Or was [...]

2017-04-09T15:56:51+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Marketing, Productivity, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Year Of The Offensive – March

February is always tough for me.  I’m not entirely sure why.  Maybe it takes me a month to get my plans for the year into action.  Last year February saw me struggle with rewrites and decide to get my health in order.  It signalled the start of a very tough year.  This year, February once [...]

2017-04-08T14:31:03+00:00 April 8th, 2017|Marketing, Productivity, Swordfighting, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

Positivity Challenged – The Climb #76

Friday 7th April 2017 The issues with the day job that I talked about yesterday put me in a strange mood today.  As a result I got very little day job work done. It also had the knock-on effect on my writing as well. I had a big Amazon delivery arrive today.  I got a [...]

2017-04-08T12:40:44+00:00 April 8th, 2017|Marketing, Productivity, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments