THE PRODUCTIVE INDIE FICTION WRITER By Tracy Cooper-Posey

Strategies for Writing More, Earning More, and Living Well

Non-Fiction for Writers

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The Productive Indie Fiction Writer

Strategies for Writing More, Earning More, and Living Well

Proven tactics from an author of 200+ fiction titles.

Don’t forget to grab the companion Workbook! Coming Out soon!

Is your indie writing business overwhelming you?  Are you flailing, looking for the way to increase your revenue?

Are you constantly buying courses, watching webinars and wondering how to get ahead?

There is so much information available for indies that, often, we don’t know where to start or who to trust.

Dip into The Productive Indie Fiction Writer and learn how to deal with everything that comes at you on a daily basis.  Get back control of your writing career not by adopting yet another system, or buying yet another expensive technological solution, but by going back to basics.

Get organized.  Get a handle on your writing business…and your life.

Writing, Research & Publishing Guides | Publishing & Books | Authorship
Is your indie writing business overwhelming you?  Are you flailing, looking for the way to increase your revenue?

Are you constantly buying courses, watching webinars and wondering how to get ahead?

There is so much information available for indies that, often, we don’t know where to start or who to trust.

Dip into The Productive Indie Fiction Writer and learn how to deal with everything that comes at you on a daily basis.  Get back control of your writing career not by adopting yet another system, or buying yet another expensive technological solution, but by going back to basics.

Get organized.  Get a handle on your writing business…and your life.

Writing, Research & Publishing Guides | Publishing & Books | Authorship


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: It’s time to stop the madness
About You.
Section I:  Writing More
The Power of Prolificacy: Why Writing More Matters
Backlist is Holy
Does Writing Fast = Crap?
Build a Writing Routine You Can Stick To
Keep Word Count Logs
How to Build A Workable, Useful Production Schedule
Using your production schedule and writing schedule.
Procrastination, Resistance and Ducking The Writing
Textual Shorthand For Manuscripts, or: Do NOT Click Away!
Resenting the Schedule
5 More Powerful Strategies to Defeat Resistance
Anyone Can Write Faster. Even You.
How to Juggle Your Production Schedule So You’re Never Bored.
The Flip Side To Beating Resistance.
Hitting the Mattresses
Watch, thou, for thy mutant voice!
Section II:  Thriving In the Indie Publishing World
5 Types Of Writing Sprints – And Why You Need This Tool
Managing The Tsunami Of Information
Direct Sales Is a Tactic For the Productive Writer
Should You Use Multiple Pen Names?
The Power Of Short Stories
Write Short
Handling The Costs of Writing Lots of Books
Writing in Series
Backlist Maintenance
9 High Level Hacks to Preserve Your Indie Revenue in Our Current Hard Times
Why Being Productive And Prolific Pays Off In The Long Term
The Last Remaining Temptation Of Indie Authors
Section III:  Living Well
Why “Live Well”?
Re-energize Your Writing In Just One Step
Dealing with Discouragement
Don’t Look Down!
Why You Might Want to Start Moving More
How To Deal with Overwhelm
Is It Really Burnout?
The Case for Writing Less
Slowing…but not stopping.
Where Next?
Final thoughts
Appendix: Recommended Resources


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 by Johanna Rothman
Not just for fiction writers

Tracey's tips for writing more words (especially in 15-minute chunks) resonated with me. While I have counted words for years, I have yet to count my words per hour. (I just finished the book last night, so please forgive me for not yet starting.) But all of this makes sense regardless of your genre. Nonfiction writers also write shorter pieces for content marketing. (That's the role of a short story for fiction writers.)

While writing in series is not the same for nonfiction writers, writing more books absolutely does sell the previous books.

And the whole section about resistance? Fabulous. As Tracy said, "Writing is not hard." She says other very helpful things in that section, too.

Her ideas of a production schedule will help people who have a lot of unfinished works in progress.

There's a ton more that's useful in this book, regardless of the genre.

If you, as I, tend to read craft and business writing books, add this one to your library. Your inner muse and outer businessperson will thank you.

 by Bonnie Elizabeth
Tons of Information

There is a ton of information inside the book. Tracy points out that productivity isn't just writing quickly. It's also keeping up with everything else. I can write fast. I'm not so good at taking care of the everything else.

While I find her methods of scheduling a bit too structured for my brain, giving me an initial anxiety attack just reading about how she works, there were nuggets in the book that I can adapt and make work for me.

I may never become as productive as Tracy but I think by utilizing those things that will work for me, I can be more productive than I was prior to reading the book.

For writers who are newer in their careers this is a great way to build in good habits from the start. For those further along the path, I have no doubt there's something within the pages that will strike a cord that can improve productivity.

 by Thomas Baronheid
Unlock Your Potential

I've been engaged in part-time independent publishing for two years now, aspiring to eventually turn it into a full-time livelihood. During this period, I've only managed to bring forth four books, which is evidently insufficient. I'm continuously exploring methods to enhance my writing speed, and Tracy's book seems poised to be the guiding force toward achieving my objective.

Right from the outset, the author offers a comforting perspective on the notion of not writing fast. After all, how many authors embark on their journeys armed with a well-established toolkit designed to amplify their productivity? As for me, I contented myself with writing when the opportunity arose, often allowing Resistance to gain the upper hand. Why commence when I've already invested an hour meticulously tallying paperclips on my desk? Regrettably, Resistance remains a steadfast companion, but Tracy provides tangible strategies to triumph over it more frequently than not.

At the heart of the book lies a pivotal lesson: the art of organization. This involves crafting a robust productivity system founded on a meticulously designed production calendar, all while accounting for the daily word count. Tracy adeptly guides us through this process, offering a clear and step-by-step approach. She underscores the paramount importance of consistency for personal growth, urging us not to shy away from self-imposed challenges and furnishing practical means to do so. In this section, one grasps the immense benefits of this method, steering away from the randomness of a haphazard writing process. Instead, we adopt a structured approach, ensuring we write consistently, avoiding the pitfalls of last-minute cancellations or postponements of pre-orders, which can lead to penalties and letdowns for our loyal readers.

Yet, Tracy's wisdom doesn't stop there. She emphasizes the need for a substantial backlist (providing eighteen compelling reasons), and stresses the unassailable importance of maintaining one's health, even in the pursuit of writing excellence. She debunks the myth that fast writing inevitably results in subpar books (and presents a compelling argument to that effect), advocates for the adoption of pen names when addressing diverse audiences, and imparts valuable strategies for boosting income during challenging times.

In summary, 'The Productive Indie Fiction Writer' offers far more than just a method to increase writing output. It stands as a comprehensive compendium of knowledge, presented with remarkable accessibility by an author genuinely committed to sharing her experiences. The ultimate goal? To empower writers to achieve financial independence through their novels while leading their best lives. It comes with my highest recommendation!

 by Meg Napier
Fantastic Coaching for Indie Writers

While writing is a solitary pursuit, there are countless writing communities, coaches, and support groups as well as innumerable craft books and how-to courses. Many of them advocate patience and not asking too much of yourself, along with awareness of and attention to your individual strengths and weaknesses. Tracy Cooper-Posey doesn’t belittle these concepts, but she cuts to the chase: success requires time—whatever you, uniquely, can allot, as well as attention, commitment, and consistency, which she calls the superpower of the productive indie writer. Becoming prolific “is a daily habit, a philosophy, and a business strategy.”

Should a writer spend time practicing with prompts, etc.? No! Set goals for every book, such as “This book, I will tighten up my dialogue tags.” By doing so: “The more books you write, the more practice you incorporate, and the more you improve.” And for those who fear writing quickly will diminish the quality of their prose, she insists that the “fast equals crap” myth is just that: a myth. “Story is all that counts . . . How fast the words are written have zero relationship to the story that is told with those words.”

The necessary elements for success: writing and production scheduling. Ms. Cooper-Posey advocates keeping word count logs, producing an annual production schedule, and harnessing the power of consistency. To that end she includes step-by-step instructions for creating spread sheets to keep track of word counts, time, money . . . everything.

Can life get in the way of productivity? Most certainly, and the author provides clear and breath-takingly harsh evidence from her own life. She has spent the last few years in chronic pain from spinal and neck injuries as well as treatments for a life-threatening cancer. Her response: take it day-by-day and step by painful step, and she offers this pithy advice: “If [stuff] is always going to happen, why give up because [stuff] happened . . . If you don’t let the [stuff] defeat you, you get what you want.”

How else to counter overload or burnout? Ms. Cooper-Posey give suggestions for turning the “I have to write” dread writers sometimes feel into “I GET to write” anticipation and quotes the great Terry Pratchett: “Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.”

Her book does a great job of explaining the key advantages of self-publishing, namely: control over your current book’s publication, and more importantly, your backlist, ultimately resulting in far greater and consistent financial reward.

THE PRODUCTIVE INDIE FICTION WRITER includes advice from a plethora of experts along with a superb bibliography and list of recommended resources. Tracy Cooper-Posey’s writing style is clear, her suggestions specific and easy to understand, and her generous desire to share her hard-won experience resonates in every chapter. She wants ever writer to succeed and sums up her philosophy with this succinct encouragement: “You haven’t failed until you quit.”


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Even as little as five years ago, indie authors were coaxed to write as much fiction as possible, as quickly as possible, by any number of experts and gurus. The strategy behind this advice was an attempt to seduce the Amazon algorithms and defeat the dreaded “90 day cliff”, when Amazon stopped promoting a new release and the book’s ranking “fell off a cliff”.

But shortly after everyone began madly writing and releasing books, deploying them via rapid release schedules, and other strategies all designed to produce more and more fiction, Amazon’s 90 day cliff became a 60 day cliff, then a 30 day cliff. Finally, it reduced to a 14 day cliff, which is when I stopped showing Amazon my ankles in an attempt to win the Big River’s approval.

A great many other authors also gave up around this point, too. It had become impossible to meet the algorithms’ demands over the long term.

Yet the long term survival of your writing business is the primary criteria by which you should plan your career.

I love being prolific. It’s my catnip. I was exposed very early to the idea of writing lots and enjoying it. I blame Isaac Asimov as one of those early evil influences.

But for many authors, possibly including you, the idea of writing books quickly fills them with horror.

There are two different reasons why this might be so: You might believe that a book written quickly cannot possibly be as good as a book lovingly crafted and revised with care and attention.

The second reason writing fast might make you recoil is one of time constraints; you just don’t have enough time (you believe) to write a lot of books quickly.

This book will deal with both of these beliefs and lot more.

The title of the book says it all: The Productive Indie Fiction Writer.


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