Honestly, I’m not keeping close track, but I know I’ve done at least a few hundred words each day this week(that defines an “acceptable” day,) and some days I’ve met the “great” day goal of a couple thousand words. I’ve passed 25,000 words on the WIP, so that’s almost halfway. I’m aiming for around 60,000 to 70,000 words.
Tiffany Reisz retweeted this photo just a bit ago with the text “Well what do you know. I’m in Wal-mart. The magic happened.”
An idle glance may inspire a scoff. “Walmart? Prestigious? Really?” But think about it… many authors never see their books on a bookstore shelf at all. Of those that do, some only see a few copies of their books on the actual shelves, and those for only a short time. Now Walmart has fewer books than your average bookstore. Their “real estate” for books is therefore more precious. Having your book on a Walmart shelf, or grocery store, is huge! Imagine the feeling… of all the books available today… seeing your book as one of those few chosen to be on display.
Here’s another set of goals. These aren’t ROW80 goals, these are more “bucket list” things.
- My fiction published as part of a larger work. (Happening twice this year! Yeah!)
- My fiction published as its own.
- My fiction on a bookstore shelf.
- My fiction face out (showing the cover, not just the spine) on a bookstore shelf.
- My fiction in a large store (Like Wallyworld.)
- My fiction on the grocery store shelf.
- My fiction, face out, on a grocery store shelf.
There is a long list of awards and such that a writer can achieve. I can dream that someday I might be so honored. But if I ever see my fiction, face out on a grocery store shelf, I’ll know I have truly made it.
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This is a great list! I think my bucket list would be very similar. That is a great point you make about the limited space on the bookshelves in a place like Walmart (we don’t have Walmart here, but definitely equivalent department stores). I’d never really thought about it like that before!
I agree with you, having a book at Walmart doesn’t seem like a big deal, but considering that they don’t sell many books, it really kinda is.