Things have been a little hectic this month. Mind you, I’m sure many of you are saying the same thing as we fight off the last gasps of winter and look forward to the emergence of spring.
Books To Review
I looked at the pile of books on one side of my office the other day and wondered why they were still there. After all, I’d read them, made notes and…
It hit me my intent was to write reviews of them all so that’s why the prominent positioning in my office. One of these days there will be a flood of book reviews. One of these days indeed…
We know what the road to hell is paved with so… (I left the pile sit) Stay tuned on this, as a few of these books have had a major impact on what I’m currently doing and creating.
I Also Stopped Counting
I counted the books on
I never count the list of books that I “want to read someday list” as that would be the height of folly. I just keep adding to the bottom of an Evernote list and delete them when they arrive at the house.
I just renewed my vow to not buy another book until I’ve finished my to-read piles. Note the word renewed. I’m a syncretic reader who willingly falls off the wagon at the sight of a great cover and review.
Struggling To Make A Move
The last few months have seen me struggling to move my daily routine away from garden publishing into other realms. (I rather like the use of the word “realms” in this example.)
If you’ve moved away from something (you could have retired or changed careers or even lifestyles) you know there is an adjustment period necessary to reorient your internal self. That’s what I’m dealing with now.
I won’t pretend this movement is finished – either in content creation or my mental attitude – but I am certainly getting a handle on it. I’ll jot down some notes about the specific techniques/resources I’m using to make this move in a future post.
Update On Fiction
The fiction writing adventure is picking up steam as I make the transition. I’m still getting decent feedback about the work from readers and that’s encouraging enough to continue. I’ve booked the covers for later in the summer and intend to have the current 400,000-word series done by then.
Why Don’t I Promote My Fiction To Garden Readers?
Somebody asked me why I don’t promote my fiction writing to my gardening readers. It’s a simple Amazon-related thing.
- If somebody has a history of buying gardening e-books, and they buy one of my fiction titles, Amazon gets confused about what my book subject is.
- And they start showing the fiction title to garden readers (who may not want to read some of the stuff I’m writing in my alter-egos.)
- When the garden readers don’t buy the fiction books, my fiction rankings go straight down.
It’s not that I don’t want to tell you. It’s that it will likely cost me money and sales rankings to tell you if you go and buy one. I have pen names for those to add to the separation.
Update On Garden Writing
Garden Income Distribution
In general terms, my garden writing income is roughly distributed between:
- 5% website income
- 5% video income
- 90% e-book income
Yes, smart authors spend their time on things that make money.
And yes, smart authors keep track of things like the above data in case the numbers change.
I’m adding or upgrading a variable number of website posts a month now – one or maybe two (I now consider the website a sunk cost). Given there are well over 800 posts on DougGreensGarden.com and I have another 1000 to add from other sites I have deleted, I should be able to continue repairing or uploading a few posts a month for “some time to come.” (A server move killed the links between the images and the posts so the content is there but no pictures.)
This is to keep Google search notified there’s an active site here.
I added a buy-me-a-coffee link on the bottom of every post so if somebody wants a question answered, or just wants to thank me, they can trade me an answer for a coffee. And if fans/readers don’t consider the information or help worth a cup of coffee a month or even a single cup… (that means they’re really not a fan by Kelly’s definition. )
Update: Note this has been discontinued after a month of inactivity. One person signed up on the first day and then zero for the rest of the month. I am using the space to refer readers to Amazon for my ebooks.
Update on Garden Video
I have also (mostly) stopped making garden videos. Not much of an upside to spending the rather-large amount of time to make a video so…
Podcasting has been suggested as a “good thing to do” by several marketing guru types. I did one for a short period several years ago, and I’ve recently evaluated them again.
I going to pass (but I reserve the right to change my mind.)
Update on Gardening Ebooks
I do have several projects in the works and these are on the top of the garden to-do work schedule now. My goal is to add at least six new gardening ebooks to this collection by the end of the year. I’ve also found AMS advertising works and is measurable.
I’ve started experimenting with ads for ebooks on Facebook. That’s a post for another day.
If you’ve read some of my other posts, you’ll know I’ve written that social media is really an advertising media for writers. I’ve seen no data to suggest otherwise.
Research Updates On Alzheimer’s And Longevity
My research on (1) Alzheimer’s and (2) Longevity continues. I decided against writing books on these topics as the field is becoming increasingly full. Also, there is a significant amount of B.S. online just as there is in almost any topic you could name. Hint: Gardening I’m calling your name out here for having more BS per square inch of post than any other topic I’ve run across.
The one thing I will note about Alzheimer’s is that while I cannot guarantee the research in this book I reviewed is 100% accurate, there have been an increasing number of other researchers corroborating aspects of Bredesen’s findings on infection and diet.
I also listened to an update about the PURE study on the effects of diet and found it fascinating
I continue to experiment with the dictation software Dragon Naturally Speaking. This post was dictated rather than typed. I’m getting better at it and slowly but surely it is becoming part of my work routine. Having said that, I’m still annoyed Dragon is not going to be available for Mac in the future.
New Browser: Brave
Those of you who are concerned about website dominance and privacy invasion may want to move away from the Google Chrome browser to a privacy-version called Brave.
I did and I really like it. You can access all the Chrome extensions, transfer your bookmarks with a single click and it’s fast – lightning fast.
New Note Taking System
The only way I keep things straight as I take on my multiple projects is with extensive notes and to-do lists. I just learned about the Bullet Journal system and I’ve adopted it wholesale. This link is to a video of the inventor of the system but if you do a Youtube search on “bullet journal” you’re going to be blown away with the number of videos to watch.
The only thing I’ll add is that you don’t have to draw pictures or make them pretty. Too many videos focus on that.
Learn the basic system from the video above and then customize it yourself for your needs. That’s the big lesson with this one. I may do a video on this at some point for gardening . It could be a really useful tool for some folks. I will say it’s super-useful for me as a writer to keep everything straight.
And there’s not a pretty picture or graphic anywhere in my notes.
And then she said,
This post is way too long. And I haven’t even begun to cover some of the interesting things I’m working on or reading now I’ve relegated the gardening website to e-book support status.