My Post about a Post about how to Ask Strangers for Favors

So with my novel now in the hands of ten or so beta readers I’ve been racking the old brain meats for what to do next. Should I, A.) Keep on with the working draft of the sequel? B.) Start start scheming on how to get my book into readers who aren’t obligated to like me because they’re my friends and family? C.)  Stew in my own special broth of anxiety (two parts fear of being judged, one part fear of the future) until the betas come back with reviews?

Oh, the choices.

Rather than be a worry wart or put time into a draft that may end up being a total rewrite I’ve decided on option B. With that in mind, I clicked the trusty ole’ Search button on the side of my blog admin page and started hunting for answers on how one goes about finding book bloggers who might be willing to give my humble tome a shot. I found a few useful posts — and a few, well, less than useful posts — but the cream of the crop is a post from the blog of Cinthia Ritchie on how to not piss off book bloggers entitled, “How to not piss off a book blogger when requesting a review.”

Apropos much?

Anyways, if you’re looking for the same sort of advice on how to not anger internet strangers when you’re asking for their help I’d suggest giving it a go. Also take a peek at the blog of the very nice lady who did the interview for the post, Julie Valerie, right here.

Back for the Umpteenth Time

Oh my gawd! It’s been, like, forever since I put work into this thing. And that’s a shame, you know? I really put a lot of time and energy into keeping this things going for a hot minute. But then I got busy. Like, really effin’ busy.

Busy how, you say? Well, since last year I got into graduate school, moved to the other side of the country to attend said school, and my kid grew up some more — kids do that until 18 or so, apparently. So yeah, I’ve had some serious life shizbiz going on, all of which have demanded gigantic chunks of my time. Prosperity problems, yes, but problems all the same when I’m trying to find time to write.

For the loooongest time I was convinced that I could only write — or at least, write well — so long as it was the main focus of my life. I could work, but it would have to be a sham job that I only did so as to pay the bills. I was all or nothing, man. Either I was writing as the main focus of my life, or I wasn’t writing at all.

Turns out that whole theory of mine just ain’t true. It’s bologna, bro. Grade-A bologna. I can work in a career-ish kind of job or go to grad school, be a pretty awesome dad slash husband, all while getting some writing done. It’s totes possible, so long as I manage my time well. For me that means turning off the TV and writing after my kid’s asleep and my studying is done. Every. Single. Night.

The good news is that I’m back in the game! My new(ish)found writing habit has earned me a 32k-ish word manuscript that I’m chipping away at every night. I even went all mathy and figured out that getting in 950 words a night — a totally doable goal at my current pace — will land me at around 95k words by the first of August. Pretty bitchin’, am I right?

I’m gonna try and hit this thing up every now and again, but I dunno how often. Graduate school is so very difficult (who knew?) so I’m always busting my booty-cakes doing homework or studying. That said, my teeny-weeny amount of free time usually needs to go toward my novel, but as I get down time every now and then between classes I am sure I’ll be able to throw some time at this every now and again. Besides, it’s good for me to connect with fellow writers, especially when I’m surrounded by a bunch of brainy sciencey types all the time.

Have a good one, brodaniels!