Tenth Chapter Benchmark

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At last, I have some actual book stuff to tell you guys about. If you’ve been with me long enough you’ll recall that I revealed some stats about my first book last summer once I reached the conclusion of the tenth chapter. Ten is such a nice round number and it gives me the opportunity now to compare where I was in my first book through ten chapters to where I am in my second. But first let me tell you about the chapter.

I know it’s been some time since I posted about MY book, so let me give you a short review of what’s happened so far. Andrew is hired by a prominent activist who needs some additional security. Andrew and Sydney have decided to add to their tiny family. A major event hosted by Andrew’s client is interrupted by some very unwelcome guests. And the case is sending Andrew out of the city of Houston for the first time.

In this chapter Andrew and Sydney make a major decision regarding their relationship. The chapter is playful and happy and serious and argumentative all at once.

Obviously that wasn’t an in depth review of what’s happened, but all of that is in previous blog posts. Feel free to play around on here if you want to know more about the first nine chapters.

Now, to the stats! And I offered up a comparison between my first book numbers and my second.

Book Two (Book One)

Word Count: 23,561 (22,885)

Chapters: 10 (10)

Average Chapter Length: 2,356 (2,288)

Total Editing Time: 24 hours 34 minutes (27 hours 54 minutes)

Total Pages (in Word): 76 (70)

Average Length Spent on Each Chapter: 2 hours 27 minutes  (2 hours 45 minutes)

Back to Old Habits (Good Ones!)

Most of you have been with me since before I finished my first book. One of the habits that I developed during that wonderful experience was that I tended to finish chapters late on Friday nights while other people my age were out and about and enjoying their summer vacations. Well, I think the last two chapters I’ve written have mostly been written on Friday nights.

So, onto the newest chapter. It’s chapter nine in my second Andrew Banks novel. And I kind of lied to you all when I told you that chapter eight had Banks seek out his homicide detective friend for advice. That actually happened in this chapter. He was unable to give Banks any new information but he was able to track down a detective he knows in Austin who is more than willing to help Banks out as the case takes him away from home. There were some other happenings, BUT I can’t give everything away, right?

Also, due to my lack of writing lately I’m going to give myself a set number of words to write before midnight next Friday. The number I’ve come up with is 10,000 words. It’s not astronomical, but it’s also not something I would do in just one or two sittings. Hopefully it gives me a much needed jumpstart!

Eight is Great

I’m actually writing this post before I finish the eighth chapter. I know exactly where it’s going and I’m always eager to fill you guys in, so we get an early post this time around.

In this chapter Andrew makes his travel plans and once again turns to Detective Nathan. For those of you unaware, this particular detective played a major role in solving Andrew’s first ever case that takes place about five months before the current one. This homicide detective is pretty much his go-to guy when he handles serious cases. Andrew generally wants someone in the loop who can move the case forward should something happen to him. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet, he’s just looking to bounce some ideas off of him at this point. That’s all for now!

Also, I have another review from my blog tour to share with you guys! It’s from the blog Readers’ Muse and if I had to put a label on it I’d call it fair. Check it out!

Happy Birthday to Me!

I told you guys that I share a birthday with my fictional private eye Andrew Banks last week. Well, today’s the big day! I turn a wonderful 22 years old and Andrew celebrates his 28th birthday. How exciting is that?! I don’t have anything planned for the day other than to start work on a new chapter. What better for me to be doing?

I also finished chapter six last night. Late last night. I don’t want to reveal too many details about this particular chapter, but let’s just say that Andrew is forced into a situation in which he must do a little tackling and physical work for his client. Suffice it to say that not all of the event’s guests were on the invite list. That’s all!

So, happy birthday to Andrew Banks! And me!

Making the Turn

The last time I had something for you guys was some time ago and I must apologize for that. The story that I’m working on is taking a bit longer for me to develop. Remember my first book, whether you’ve read it or not, literally had a more than a year of thinking and preparation. This one obviously doesn’t. But I definitely feel that with my most recent chapter that I’ve turned a corner with the story and the next few chapters should come right along. Hopefully.

So let’s discuss chapter five a little. Recall that Andrew’s client is a prominent activist. In this chapter Andrew attends a major event hosted by his client’s organization. But he learns some scary details once the event has already begun. Suffice it to say that the event does not go as planned, but that’s all you get from me!

The chapter ends with a cliffhanger. You know as the reader that some serious s**t is about to go down, just not what. And a new character is introduced. She’s the personal lawyer of Andrew’s client and also represents the organization in all legal matters. Her name is Stephany. Yes, spelled that way. It’s unique!

I am fast at work on the next chapter so I won’t make you guys wait a year and half for something new. Until next time!

PS: Andrew’s birthday is coming up! I’ll reveal the date a little later.

First Month Sales Info

Every self published author sets out with some goal in mind as far as how many books he or she would like to sell in a given period of time. I’m no different. My first month has finally come and gone and I would now like to take the opportunity to give you all a little information about my first month goal and where my sales were relative to that goal.

Let’s first start with my first month goal. Again, every author sets his or her own goal, so this may be very different from the next author. I wanted to sell 75 books my first month. And I was well on my way to that number early in November, but I ultimately fell a bit short. My final number as of writing this is 74. This includes my selling books in person, paperbacks on Amazon, and the Kindle version. Normally this might be a little disappointing. But you’ll recall that I had a day a couple of weeks ago in which the Kindle version of my book was free. Well I won’t include this number in my ‘sales’ pile, but I certainly keep it in mind. When I add in that day along with books that were given away to those who helped make the book possible my number now reaches 287. Which is quite fantastic if you ask me. My book is in the hands of 287 readers. And several being in the UK, Germany, Canada, and Italy. That’s just cool.

So yes, I fell short of the first month goal I set for myself long before my book was released, but by no means was the first month a failure. And I’ll take a couple of books with me to work today to see if I can hopefully reach that 75. Wish me luck!

Also, I’ve started work on the next chapter and will have that to share with you guys either tomorrow or Monday.

Lastly, I had the opportunity to speak with someone working in law enforcement yesterday who loved my book! He was able to point out even the most minute details and could easily answer every question I had about his reading experience. I can honestly say that talking with him has been the best feeling I’ve experienced in my short time being a writer. Someone in law enforcement likes my detective story!

Don’t take his word for it, make up your own mind! Take a look at the Amazon product page.

Alas, A New Chapter

I must first apologize to you guys. I just checked and realized that I hadn’t told you all about a new chapter since October 26. I’m sorry for that. Unfortunately I’ve been doing everything possible to get the word out about my first book, Divided Within, and I’ve fallen a bit behind schedule writing my second. That’s okay. The book will be written and you’ll soon be reading about Andrew and Sydney once again.

I don’t have anything new to tell regarding my first book, so I’ll just go ahead and dive into the new chapter I’ve finally completed.

As you probably don’t recall due to my lack of posting, Andrew Banks’ new client is a prominent activist. That’s what we learn in the opening chapter. The second gives him a chance to discuss the new client with Sydney. And now in the third he does more bouncing ideas off Sydney, but there is one interesting aspect of the chapter that I kinda sorta want to share with you guys. As you may or may not know from my posts or if you’ve gotten your hands on the book, Andrew and Sydney are approaching four years together. They’re both done with school and financially stable. So guess what they’re going to do?! Add to their small family! That’s all I’m saying for now!

Also, for those of you who have gotten the book I’ll be posting a picture from Andrew’s office soon. So be on the lookout!

AND the Kindle version of my book is permanently $0.99, so that’s reason enough to take a look at it if you haven’t already!

AND you can get 30% off the price of my book on Amazon from now until Sunday by using promo code BOOKDEAL. What are you waiting for?!