Writings of Stuart Whitmore

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My 100-Copy Goal

A well-known author can probably sell 100 or more copies of an as-yet-unpublished novel within the first 24 hours of their book becoming available for pre-order through Amazon.com. I'm at the other end of the spectrum, however. I'm an "unknown" author — my friends and family know about my writings, but that's about it so far. My new novel, Lesson One: Revolution!, is self-published (print-on-demand), which means I don't have a big publisher's marketing department to promote the book.


Today marks a major milestone for me: It's the first time, after decades of toying with various novel projects, that it's possible for a complete stranger to buy a novel I wrote -- in this case, Lesson One: Revolution! -- as a "real" book, i.e., a physical, paperback book. This is a self-published book, so it's not quite as exciting as being selected by a conventional book publisher, but it's still important to me.

Third Time Winning NaNoWriMo

This year's participation in NaNoWriMo is my best ever -- I never fell behind, often staying at least a full day ahead, and I finished with plenty of time to spare. In fact, not only did I cross the 50,000-word finish line in time, I actually finished the first draft of the novel before the end of November.

A Novel Schedule

I've defined a bit of a schedule for the novel I am now writing for NaNoWriMo and it looks like this:

A Shift in Stories

As NaNoWriMo 2009 approaches, I'm trying to get ready for a shift in story focus. Since 2006, I've mostly set older novel projects aside and have been very focused on one particular story line, which I started for NaNoWriMo 2006 and expanded (backward in time) for NaNoWriMo 2008. However, I really want to participate in Script Frenzy, and I have a screenplay concept in mind already. My schedule didn't allow participating in Script Frenzy in 2009, so I thought a good way to approach it would be to solidify the story by writing a short novel (60K words or so) for NaNoWriMo 2009.


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