My last blog post of each month is usually a progress report on the novel I’m writing. The Spanish Coin is its working title. A month or so ago a writing coach evaluated the first 2,000 words of my manuscript. I set about to take her recommendations and edit the remaining 94,000 words.



Due to one thing and another, I’ve made very little progress on that project. Life got in the way. I’ve come to call such things speedbumps.

Another speedbump?

Then, I read an online article by a literary agent. Her comments were directed toward writers and their blogs.

The article was quite helpful until

I got to the part where she said a writer needs to have 50,000 engaged blog followers in order to get a book published. Whoa! I guess that’s what I get for getting all puffed up about having 1,000 blog followers just a week ago. This literary agent really knows how to burst someone’s bubble!

I would like to think that all 1,008 of my current followers are engaged (meaning they are truly interested in my writing and didn’t just hit the “follow” button out of curiosity or a sense of obligation) and that every one of them would purchase a novel I wrote. I know that’s not necessarily the case, though.

Looking forward to better (and healthier) days ahead,

I hope to report to you sometime in April that I’ve completed that work and have turned at least half of the manuscript over to the writing coach. I look forward to taking that next step toward publication and making my novel better and better. I realize that you might be growing weary of my progress reports that don’t reflect any progress.

A reminder

I plan to embark upon the 2017 A to Z Blog Challenge on April 1. The first day is “A.” I will write about the authors and books I read in March. I think you’ll enjoy that post. I read some very good books this month! (I hope my April 1 blog post will make up for this one because this is definitely not my best work.)

2017 A to Z Challenge Badge
Blogging from A to Z Challenge Badge 2017

Until my next blog post

I hope you have a good book to read. (I’m reading The Heavens May Fall, by Allen Eskens.) If you’re a writer, I hope you have productive writing time.



2 thoughts on “Speedbumps!

  1. Yes, Chris. I thought it was ludicrous, too. That’s why I decided not to reveal the literary agent’s name. I’m still very happy with my 1K!


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