New Books and New Rates

So there’s this part in Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art (one of my favorite creative practice texts) where young Steven is all “I finished writing my first book!” and his mentor says “Good for you. Start the next one today.”

I had planned to take a good long break between getting the draft of NEXT BOOK, aka A COINCIDENCE OF DOORS, aka THAT BOOK I SPENT FOUR DAYS TRYING TO EXPLAIN LAST WEEK, and writing, like, any fiction.

Since I’d just spent seven months working on a novel that I was pretty sure, even three months ago, would become one of those “trunk books” but I wanted to finish just to make sure-sure-sure and also for finishing’s sake.*

And then the next day I started another one.

And… well… it’s like I suddenly had all of this creative energy, and I was doing the thing where you grab every extra five minutes to throw a few more words in the draft, and waking up early because you can’t wait to start writing, and this past week is probably the happiest I’ve been in months because writing this book is so much fun.

It’s a mystery, probably because at least two of you commented that the opening paragraphs of A Coincidence of Doors read like the beginning of a mystery, and that made me think “I bet I could write a mystery,” and then it made me think about how the most interesting parts of Coincidence were the parts where Ellen was trying to solve puzzles and race against time and break into old Midwestern mansions, and then I plotted the entire book and set it up with the cliffhangers and the reverses and the obstacles, and, you know, OFF WE GO.

More on that later.

Next up: after sharing this month’s finance update and thinking about what I wanted to do with my increased freelance income, I’ve decided to raise the rates I pay freelancers for guest posts, from $50 to $100—because, as I mentioned yesterday, that is how capitalism is supposed to work.**

If you have already written a guest post for me and want to write another one, please pitch again. (You’ll get paid twice as much for the same amount of work!)

If you have not written a guest post for me and you’d like to, here’s a quick overview of what I’m looking for and a list of previous guest posts for you to read.

One more thing, while I have your attention: I put the ads back on my blog because it’s finally getting enough traffic to make the ads worthwhile, and because one of the other ways capitalism is supposed to work is the part where I don’t leave money on the virtual table.

Do you hate them? Do you even notice them? (Ideally you should notice the ads just enough to make the companies happy but not so much that it ruins your experience on this blog.)

Let me know what you think, because it’s not a huge amount of money and I could just as easily go ad-free. ❤️

*Technically, I didn’t finish A Coincidence of Doors. There are a few scenes in that draft where I literally typed “I’LL WRITE IT LATER.” But I finished it enough to count, for me.

**Or, at least, one of the ways in which capitalism might work.

Reedsy Discovery Wants to Match Indie Authors to Readers

You already know that I am a huge Reedsy fan; they’ve got a wealth of tools to help writers draft, edit, and market their books, including the plot structure infographics I wrote about earlier this month.

Reedsy also featured this very blog as one of their 12 Author Websites That Get It Right, putting Nicole Dieker Dot Com on par with David Sedaris and J.K. Rowling.

Plus, in 2017, they invited me to judge a short-story contest.

So yeah, I’m all in for Reedsy, and as soon as my NEXT BOOK draft is at the ARC stage — which, since the draft is currently at 6,908 words, probably won’t happen until next year — I’m going to submit it to Reedsy’s new indie author service, Reedsy Discovery.

Reedsy Discovery lets reviewers share their favorite new indie books with an audience of eager readers

Here’s how Reedsy Discovery works (I’m going to go ahead and quote Reedsy here):

When you sign up to Discovery, your book will be presented to a pool of experienced and relevant reviewers that have been hand-selected by the team at Reedsy. For maximum suitability, they get to choose what they review — so make sure that your title, synopsis, and cover catches their eye!

Then, on the launch date of your choice (which, we’re imagining might coincide with your publishing date) your book will be promoted to thousands of registered readers who can then:

Browse your sample chapter 👀

Comment on it 💬

Lovingly admire your cover design 😍

Read your review (if you have one) 🤓

Upvote the book 👍

And purchase it through your chosen online retailers 💸

The Reedsy Discovery service costs $50, and I’m betting that being an early adopter might get your book a little more visibility, so if you’ve got fifty bucks and a book that’s in the ARC-and-marketing stage, why not give it a try? Use the Reedsy Discovery Launch Prep Checklist to make sure your book is Discovery-ready, and then send it out and see what happens!

Reedsy Discovery is also looking for talented book reviewers

You can also apply to be a Reedsy Discovery reviewer and get paid to read and review books — which is something I’m considering doing, but I don’t know if I can both be a reviewer and an author. (THIS IS A GOOD QUESTION FOR REEDSY, IF YOU’RE READING THIS BLOG POST. OR I COULD JUST EMAIL YOU.)

The reviewer payout doesn’t come directly from Reedsy; it comes from readers who can give you tips in exchange for your reviews:

When readers enjoy your work, they can send $1, $3 or $5 your way. These small thankyou’s can help you earn money from your reading addiction / passion.

I’m not sure how many people will tip Reedsy Reviewers — that’s still to be seen — so for me the draw isn’t the money. It’s the ability to grow my blog readership by getting Nicole Dieker Dot Com in front of a larger audience. (Remember that series of posts I wrote about audience-building?)

After all, every author whose book I review will share my review with their audience, and every author looking for a book review blog that’s still actively posting* will give Nicole Dieker Dot Com a visit, and so on.

But enough about me. This post is supposed to be about Reedsy Discovery, after all.

So go check it out — and then leave a comment if you’re interested in submitting your book and/or becoming a reviewer! ❤️📚💸

*If you’ve ever clicked through one of those “lists of book review blogs” — and Reedsy has such a list — you’ll learn just how many of those blogs are no longer actively posting reviews or no longer accepting submissions. But I love doing book reviews, and I’ve already decided that I’m going to do a weekly book review on this blog, so… let’s see if Reedsy Discovery wants me on their team.