July 23, 2021 - More Plotto

Friday, July 23, 2021

 I don’t feel like today was very productive. I had an appointment at 10:30 this morning, which interrupted my concentration midway through my best writing time. It took a lot of willpower to continue where I left off when I got back home.

This turned out to be especially true because I’ve gotten to the fourth Plotto lesson, which is largely learning to understand the cryptic coding as well as the method of developing plots. The unique shorthand used to describe conflicts, characters, and their relationships makes sense as you’re reading the explanations, but working with it isn’t intuitive. At least not to me.

So I eventually abandoned the Plotto lessons for today and opened up Photoshop Elements to start designing a book cover for the first box set of the first three books in the Shipwreck Point series.

This box set has been on my todo list for a couple of months. When that happens, I tend to scan past that particular item and move on to something else. But a writer from one of my Facebook groups wrote a long post recently outlining his path to success. (That’s the simplified explanation. He’s actually written a series of posts over the past three years.) One of the things he talked about was how boxed sets of his series now make up the largest portion of his income. Readers tend to like to have the entire series, and Kindle Unlimited subscribers in particular like the idea of one borrow encompassing multiple books. And BookBub, the most profitable advertising platform for authors, tends to like discounted box sets.

I didn’t finish the book cover, but I’ve got the largest part of it done. I should be able to finish it over the weekend, compile the three books into one Kindle file, and publish it early next week.

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