The dawn chorus and too much time to think.

Jim Webster has tackled an issue with book publishing I’ve thought about for some time. Tell me what you think. I believe it’s a brilliant answer!

Jim Webster

The Pirates of Ersatz

I was up quite early the other morning, even for a cowman, and I was just mooching about getting stuff ready. Nothing too dramatic, just Jim wandering about on his own, sorting things out a bit, but as it was just me and I wasn’t moving cattle about, it was quiet.

So I got the dawn chorus. With us, because we have the sea so close on three sides, the first thing was the gulls. Some nights they seem to spend on the fields next to the farm. I suspect it has something to do with the state of the tide and of course the weather. With the dawn, and perhaps with the tide going out, they wanted to be up and out to sea. So they were circling and crying to each other.

They were followed by the more usual sounds, the cawing of nesting crows, the chittering of…

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14 comments

  1. Excellent post.
    I have plans for something similar in my Five Kingdoms world. The great thing is, as I write the epic length novels, there are lots of minor characters demanding their own tales, and lots of gaps between books for the major characters to have other adventures – many of which I have already planned.
    My only problem, as ever, is finding the time to write them all!

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      1. I know he is – I attended a conference last year (20BooksTo50K) that is put on by a group of authors who write and publish around a book a month(!!) and earn HUGE amounts of money, as their readers (called ‘whale’ readers) gobble up everything they put out. I’m going to another conference by them this summer, specifically targeted at marketing, but some craft workshops too.

        I don’t think I will ever be up to that sort of output, but there is no doubt producing lots of smaller works is a great idea now the ebook allows for publishing at any word count. I have a ton of short stories and novellas I want to write, but I still love my epic length tales too, so I won’t be giving up on those.

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        1. Agreed. Like you, I just can’t spit stuff out. I’ve been trying to visit your blog more often. Always so much great stuff to learn. We’re moving soon. My doctor recommended I move to a lower elevation so we’re heading to Albuquerque, NM. That changes my schedule but I’ll keep plugging along. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge. So appreciated. ❤️

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