Wednesday Writing Journal: March 4, 2020

Well, it’s our second Wednesday Writing Journal (WWJ), last week being a first. WWJ is where I give a recap of what I have been doing behind the scenes this past week in the RIU. This is keeping in line with me wanting to have something regular here at RIU HQ.

One major hurdle jumped is that the audiobook for the second story in the Dark Corner series, The Forest, has been uploaded and is going through the approval process as we speak. The third story in that series, The Gift, is already underway as far as production is concerned. The goal is to see how many of these that we can put up within the month of March. The goal is to have The Gift released before the end of the month.

The final touches to Blackson’s Redemption first draft will be done in the next day or so. The Cover illustration is just about done. The plan is to put together different covers for the last book in the trilogy.

One of the things that have been a little bit of a pain in my behind is the Veiled Athenaeum. Now the concept isn’t the problem, nor is the world-building. Those are fun and happen already. One of the things that have been a bit of a setback is those who register for the Veiled Athenaeum over at RIU HQ. The problem I’m having is bogus emails registering to become a part of the Veiled Athenaeum. I’ve been trying to get a hold on this and I’m not sure how they’re getting through because I have a captcha. But it seems like every time I go to the membership site, there’s some new bogus email in there.

As I’m writing this post, there are 11 new emails who supposedly have signed up for membership. All of them are fake emails. The good thing is that I can approve or unapprove people as they sign up. But the fact that I’m getting so many of these, I’m thinking about trying an alternative method or at least finding out how I can make the site more secure.

In the meantime, what I’ve done is taken the actual registry page off of the main website. It is no longer in my menu under the Veiled Athenaeum though it is still available. I’ve implemented a plug-in that allows only people with the link to register. That way no one can just come to my website and put in some fake information. You would actually have to have the page link which I put into my landing pages and other locations like the back of my books. We will see how this works in the next week.

I also had to do some updating with some of my landing pages through my email service. Some of the things were not pointing where they should and after having gone through and re-edited Blackson’s Repentance, new samples needed to be uploaded and new links provided. That’s still going on by the way.

I did notice that somehow I had turned off all of my automation campaigns. That’s a whole other story but everything seems to be running smooth now.

I tried to find a promo to be a part of for this month and it’s hard. The reason why is because I’m picky. Many of the promos that I come across when it comes to either sales or newsletter fan building require to giveaway a book. My policy has only been to giveaway the first ten chapters of my books. Ten chapters should be plenty to decide whether or not someone would be interested in buying the book.

As I’ve said before, I don’t give away my books anymore except to those who are part of the RIU Elites (if you not sure what that is, just going over to the RIU Codex to get the definition). That list is going to be whittled down as well as I implement a new system during my book launch.

The plan for next week is:

1. Finish recording The Gift.

2. Finish the paperback for Blackson’s Repentance.

3. Finish worldbuilding entries for the Cimmerian Trust, and several characters in The Poltergeist Files.

4. Begin the outline for the Makarios Cadre trilogy.

There is a lot of other small details that go along with that but I’m not gonna bore you with those. These are the big ones I would like to get accomplished within the next week.

So, until our next Wednesday Writing Journal, I will see you in the Tapestry!

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