It's been a busy day in publishing for me. After recovering from the holidays and a toothache, now battling a chest cold, I did get 2 bright spots in my day. My publishing contract for the erotic romance novel came today and my lawyer is reviewing it this weekend. It's a 2 book deal, though they do have the option to cancel the second book order if they desire (fairly standard).

I also finished finalizing my creatspace account and so a new BETTER print version of Case of the Missing Millionaire will be on Amazon.com soon and not long after will be in stores. The proof copy will arrive January 17th which means I have to read it...again. When you self publish by the time a book is ready for release you've read it (what feels like) 5,000,000 times. Oh well, I can force myself to do it again.

Also, some writing advice for you all tonight. I was talking with a friend & poet (who shall go nameless) who mentioned something to me that is a brilliant, albeit ambitious project. It would require him buying massively expensive equipment, learning to use it, then writing, and then learning to read & compose music. He and I have yet to discuss this, but what I plan to tell him I'll share with you (something I learned from many other published authors).

Don't plan to write on something that requires you to learn major life skills or a huge body of knowledge. Why? Because you'll never do it. You're subconsciously creating major hurdles for some reason, in short, creating excuses to not write. The first rule of writing: just do it. Plan it out, free write, scribble notes on a cocktail napkin with lipstick, it doesn't matter how you start as long as you start. We can go into the Freudian implications, but if you know nothing about the Civil War and need to learn about the 19th century and all the battles, the politics, etc...it's not the right project for now. 

Write what speaks to your soul. Write, just write. All writing requires research but a good way to deal with it is to leave a marker such as %&%&%& in any place where you need to do additional research. Place it, and keep writing. Doing research, particularly online, often becomes distracting and bogs you down, eating time. When you write, just write. 

The grunt work comes in editing and marketing, and, oh boy, is it grunt work. Use time off between projects to learn about a subject you're interested in, or to pick up a new skill. If an idea comes from it, great! If it doesn't, well, at least you know something you didn't before.

Remember; it's called writing for a reason.