Monthly Archives: March 2014

Word Count & Beta Readers

The first Gabby Wells novella, The Homecoming Incident, is in the hands of my first group of Beta Readers.  Can’t wait to hear their responses, make the tweaks and send it to our second group of Beta Readers.

I’m about one-third of the way through the first draft of the second novella titled Skyway.


Not all 1500 words a day ended up on the page of Skyway.  Some went to quick fixes on The Homecoming Incident and some went toward outlining Skyway.  All that being said, however, I’m very happy with the 9,000 words I was able to write this week.

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Young Adult Faith Journeys

In this interview author Pete Bauer talks about what inspired him to focus on young adult stories and the challenges facing a teenager of faith.


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Podcast 08 – Novellas & Criticism

On this podcast author Pete Bauer and Sonlight Press marketing guru Dorothea Bauer talk about our shifting marketing strategies that includes increasing the amount of novellas while delaying the release of the first novel.

Running Time: 39:11

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Original Plans
  • June 4th
  • Novellas and Novels
  • The Homecoming Incident
  • Theme and Mood
  • Novellas then Novels
  • 1 to 5 to 6 to 10
  • Writing the First Draft for You
  • Chapters & 1500 Words
  • Perma Free Or Perma Not
  • Young Adult Market
  • Faith Based Market
  • Honest Evaluation & Christian Entertainment
  • Hollywood/NY Standards
  • Christian Music to Christian Literature
  • Novellas First
  • Beta Readers in Waiting
  • Cross Pollination
  • Strategy vs. Tactic
  • Say It x 3
  • Konrath Quotes
  • Being Ready for Opportunities
  • Ignorance is not a Competitive Advantage
  • Why Did You Buy
  • Hunger Games vs Term Paper
  • Truth and Criticism
  • Amazon Reviews
  • Reviews & Marketing
  • Finding You
  • Unique and Unoriginal
  • Self-Publishing Community
  • Talk to Us

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Word Count, Novellas and Novels

As I mentioned yesterday, I finished the first draft of the novella The Homecoming Incident.  As the first of five novellas as part of the Gabby Wells Chronicles novella series, I’m excited to get that first draft done.

Today I started outlining the second novella in the series, tentatively titled Skyway.  I’m trying to decide whether my outline work will count toward my 1500 daily writing goal during Lent or not.

Another thing I’ve realized I need to create is a “Gabby Wells Bible” – which is a document that outlines all of the important characters, ages, locations, histories, stories, etc.  So, I can make sure I don’t say a character spent the summer in Chicago and in a later book say it was Dallas.

I haven’t started that yet, but it’s a necessary evil.  It will take time to do, time I could be used being creative, but I’m hopeful it will help me be more creative later.


I want to get The Homecoming Incident to my beta readers as quickly as possible so that I can move the process forward.  It’s holding up the first full novel, Water & Blood, getting into our second group of beta reader hands.

It’s all very complicated and we’ll talk about it on our next podcast.  Things continue to move and remain fluid.  The key is to go with the flow.

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Podcast 07 – Finishing & Marketing

On this podcast author Pete Bauer and Dorothea Bauer discuss the steps required to finish a book and marketing strategies.

Running Time: 26:36

Some of the topics covered include:

  • 97.3
  • Beta Readers
  • Honest Feedback
  • Genre Clarification
  • Honoring Audience Intelligence
  • Don’t Betray your Audience’s Expectations
  • Give Them a Pie
  • 1 to 5
  • Acclaim vs. Sales
  • Knowing How to Market Your Story
  • Social Media
  • Analyzing Target Demographic
  • Turning Unknowns into Knowns
  • Awareness to Interest to Purchase
  • Editors
  • Prequels and Funnels
  • Helpers

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Novella 1 – First Draft Complete

Last night, after a long three days of writing over 10,000 words, I finished the first draft of the Gabby Wells novella called The Homecoming Incident.

I’ll let it sit a couple of days so my brain can recover.  There are a lot of things I need to add to the beginning in order to tie things at the end and make sure there is consistency in the story, but I’m quite happy with the results.

My goals was for the novella to come in around 25,000 words.  This draft came in at over 29,000.  It’ll probably be over 30,000 after the re-writes.

This is the first of five novellas that I hope to write and release prior to the release of the first novel.  I’ll have more on the reasons behind that in an upcoming podcast.

So, I’m going to sit back and give my fingers a rest.

PS – Because of all of the time required to finish this draft, I did not have time to write a Typecasting Tuesday.  I’ll have another one next week.

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Novel Adaptation

Now that we’re in the polishing stage of the first novel, Water & Blood, the many drafts required to get here have been worth it, no matter how much pain the process inflicted. haha.

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Daily Writing Word Count – On Track

I set a goal of writing 1500 words a day during Lent.  So far I have lived up to that goal.


I’ve written over 10,000 words since last week on the first Gabby Wells prequel called The Homecoming Incident.  If things go well, I’ll be able to push myself and complete the first draft over the weekend.  That would be about 5000 words a day.  I don’t know if I’ll have the time to write that much, but that’s what I’d like to do.

Then, I could put The Homecoming Incident aside for a little bit, give it time to rest, before revisiting it and making changes.

During this past week, I’ve also been thinking about roll out strategy changes.  We’ve lined up our next set of beta readers for Water & Blood, however, now I was considering that the novellas may need to come first.  It builds character history and eases the reader into the tone of the novels.

I haven’t decided anything for certain, but I want to finish this first novella as soon as possible so that I can move forward in one direction or another.  I’ll have more on that in an upcoming podcast.

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Podcast 06 – Publishing

On today’s podcast author Pete Bauer and Dorothea Bauer discuss the publishing of Gabby Wells.

Running Time: 25:09

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Traditional Publishing
  • Smelling Books
  • Print On-Demand Technology
  • Harry Potter
  • Royalties, Rights & Control
  • Are Publishers Reaching Your Target Demographic
  • Self Publishing
  • Earnings
  • Good & Bad Aspects of Control
  • Book Covers
  • Hats
  • Podcasts
  • Write, Publish, Repeat
  • Funnels and Binge Entertainment Consumption
  • Read Thru Rates
  • Price Changes and Audience Segments

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