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Mid-Month Check-In: July 2015

Hello fellow writers, readers, and Camp NaNoWriMo campers! I hope your July is going swimmingly. Mine is flying by, as this entire year has seemed to do, and I can hardly believe that Daniel and I are only about two weeks away from our move to New Haven. I have a lot on my plate, both professionally and personally, and it’s been a bit overwhelming. I like to think that I’m handling it all with grace and keeping a decent balance, but then again, I’m pretty biased and can’t be trusted. I’ll let you all judge for yourselves!

For a quick refresher on all the goals I’m working on this year, check out my 2015 resolutions (half of which I should probably just throw out the window at this point!).


grootAs tends to be my fate, my original July Camp NaNoWriMo plan was derailed from the beginning. However, instead of abandoning the event all together, I decided to change my goal. This month, my primary goal is performing the line edit revisions for The Cogsmith’s DaughterThe manuscript is sitting at about 92,000 words, and as of this writing, I’m about 47,000 into the manuscript. So only a little behind.

My secondary Camp NaNoWriMo goal is to write roughly 8,000 words on the sequel to The Cogsmith’s Daughter, which puts me at an even 100,000 words. It’s a bit ambitious, I’ll admit. Therefore, I’m allowing myself to chop this secondary goal before “winning” begins if I think I won’t be able to handle anything beyond the line edits.

With all of this work and the great migration, I’m allowing myself to take some focus off of the blog. Therefore, for the last week of July and first of August, I’m handing my blog over to some of my favorite writers and readers for guest posts. If you’re interested, you can read my “ad” HERE.


The business side of my indie publishing career is currently rather quiet. After all, I’ve got a LOT of editing to do. However, I have taken two very exciting steps.

First, I calculated my break-even point for Boxthorn Press. I did this by adding my total business investment (general business expenses AND book production costs) as well as deciding on the prices of my books and figuring the expected royalties I will receive from each retailer. I now know the exact number of copies I need to sell on each retailer to break even. Obviously, my actual sales will be a combination of retailers, but I at least know which ones will create the greatest profit and the general number of books I need to sell.

Second, I drafted my marketing plan. Essentially, this consisted of brainstorming every way I could market my book and then determining which ones are worth my time, how to perform them, and the expected return on investment. I’ve decided to go for a long-term approach, implementing a few strategies a week to (hopefully) steadily build up the book.


Daniel, Thomas, and I are about two weeks away from our big move. We’ve got all our ducks in a row, it’s just a matter of conquering the packing and other to-do list items. We’re also trying to be as social as possible and spend as much time with friends and family as we can before we move. I’m very proud of us for how well we’re handling all the details and for being so strategic with our finances. It’s going to be a challenging adventure, but I know we’ve got this!


As in previous months, my health and wellness goals are about 50/50. I’m doing better about eating healthy and actively trying to keep a positive mindset amidst all the change. However, I have not been exercising enough (this month’s excuse is the rain and the heat), and I had a killer migraine this week. Daniel and I are hoping to be better about exercise when we move and have access to Yale’s gym. Then again, we’ll also have Netflix, so…

Okay, I better get back to the editing grind. Have a lovely rest of July, everyone! I can’t wait to share with you all the inspiring guest posts I have lined up and all the exciting news from the move!

For more updates, sneak peaks at The Cogsmith’s Daughter as I revise it, and to be considered as a beta reader for book two, you can sign up for my newsletter HERE.

How are your new year’s resolutions going? Have you been keeping up with your own writing goals? Share your progress and/or commiserate as needed!


10 thoughts on “Mid-Month Check-In: July 2015”

  1. I think I resolved to not have a resolution this year, so I’m sticking to it quite well! As for writing, breaking through that dusty membrane and really getting into the mindset of my character once again now that I’ve had a side project to jump start it. Hoping to have lots of time for writing now that my busy season is over.

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    1. Haha, that’s probably a smarter way to go about resolutions. I just have a habit of over-achieving (or, you know, trying to). I’m glad to hear that things are picking up again with your Carter series! I’m also excited to get through my next few busy weeks and join you in productivity land for real.

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  2. I fell a little behind on my Camp Nanowrimo, but I’m currently in a position where I’ll be able to catch up soon. The process of editing is a bit tiring, but I’m enjoying seeing the story transform into something better, which in turn will be read over and edited again later on.

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