By Gayle Carline
Mystery Author and Damned Tired Dame
My newest mystery is out with my beta readers. I'm sure I'm not the only author who has forsaken everything and everyone around her in order to write those last 20,000 words, push through the editing and get it into the hands of people whose opinion she trusts (even if she also fears them).
So now what do I do?
1. I've got a great idea for a new Peri mystery, and I'm working out the plot.
2. I'm trying out the new Amazon promotion, Kindle Countdown Deals, on The Hot Mess. Authors/publishers can offer books for a discounted price for a limited time. What's the big deal about this? It's about the royalties. For Kindle sales, if you price your book below $2.99 or above $9.99, you only earn 35% of the purchase price. Otherwise, you get 70%. But by using the Countdown Deal, you can offer your $3.99 book for 99 cents and still earn your 70%. I'll let you know how it all works out.
3. I'm cleaning the house. It's a must after spending several weeks typing and reading and typing again while ignoring the dust and dog hair, but it's become a bit of a ritual. My slate is clean, writing-wise, so my environment might as well be, too. I'm not just cleaning, however, I'm hyper-cleaning. Organizing bookshelves, cleaning curios, moving furniture to vacuum. Did I mention washing windows, including laundering the curtains?
This new book must have taken a lot of my attention, because my house is seriously messy. I've cleaned for two days and only have four rooms done. I may have to burn the furniture. I gotta hurry and get everything scrubbed, though, before my beta readers start giving me comments and distracting me. In the meantime, send Advil, and plenty of wine.
How about you? Are you a binge cleaner? Or are you one of those people who can keep your home clean all the time?
Writers - how do you celebrate when you hand your book off to others (betas, editor, agent, etc)?