7 Winning Ways to Get Your Writing and Book Marketing Done

Winter in Ontario

Winter in Ontario

Today I’m looking at winter pictures to keep cool as the temperature is way up there and with the humidity feels even higher. Note to travelers: if you plan on visiting southern Ontario, come in spring or fall, unless you love heat. Just looking at the ice covering these trees cools me down, though, and so I share them with you.

People often ask me just how I managed to get one book written, let alone two. (The third is underway.) Apparently for some finding the energy and stick-to-it-iveness is almost impossible. Here are some of the things I do to keep myself motivated to keep writing and marketing.

  1. If at all possible I keep to my writing schedule and plunk myself down before my computer first thing in the morning. After checking email and dispensing with any important matters, I open The Loyalist Legacy (or whatever my current project is) and find where I left off, usually by 8 a.m. That gives me at least three and a half hours before  lunch plans start to niggle at my stomach. desktop

  2. If I’m ready to write I read over the day before’s pages and just carry on. If not I leave the pages open on my desktop, go have my shower or whatever, and come back to my WIP ready and waiting. If I’m lucky I’ve already started thinking the characters’ lives and just sit down and start.

  3. Some days getting my creativity tap turned on is really hard. On those days I revert to my English teacher days and go back and edit. Oh, I know lots of writers tell you not to do that but just going over what’s written and perfecting it awakens my writing muse and I’m soon seeing ways to improve and go on with my story.

  4.  On a tough writing day I might go back and send out that email response to a query for speaking somewhere. Once I’ve set up a place where I’ll be presenting my books, working on the next one just naturally follows. (I do one marketing thing every day, no matter what, and I really enjoy it.)

  5. I remind myself of the pleasure writing well affords me and try to think of all the sessions where I’ll be rereading and rewriting to effect changes that really improve my work. “There’s gold in them thar hills!” And even though it’s not the spendable kind, it brings so much satisfaction. Just get the story down, I tell myself, remembering that later polishing away the dross will give me the shine I want.The Loyalist’s Luck_cover_apr1.indd

  6. I forgive myself on those days that my time is more researching than writing as that is the delightful bonus in historical fiction. And I want to get the facts right. If I only get one page written but I’ve worked on that page for two and a half hours, I’ve learned to accept my disappointment as part of the deal. One well-researched page is better than a dozen full of erroneous factoids.

  7. In this second half of my life I finally know that doing a little each day will definitely get a task done. Whether it’s cleaning the bathroom or making a difficult piece of jewelry or writing an historical fiction novel, slow and steady does win the race.

Ronda delighted me by coming to a reading in April. Wonderful clever person!

Ronda delighted me by coming to a reading in April. Wonderful clever person!

Bonus: If I’m really having trouble I go to my accomplishments file and run my hands and my eyes over cards, mementos and even a handmade storybook (from a student, about me!). These items immediately show me that I can. I will is not far away. And I do is now.

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For All Lovers of Historical Fiction!

The Loyalist’s Luck, Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!

Purchase The Loyalist’s Luck Here.

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John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!

by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship

 Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards

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When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.

Purchase The Loyalist’s Wife here.


4 thoughts on “7 Winning Ways to Get Your Writing and Book Marketing Done

  1. Inspiring post! A snapshot of a true writer and artist, coaxing the stuff of dreams onto the page. Thanks Elaine! This is a writing day for me, so I’m now primed to get at it!

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