September 18 – at a Snail’s pace

snail-sitting-on-a-letter-and-fountain-penWhile listening to Module 1 – video 2, I realized I had to go back to the notes from Module 1 – Video 1.  This is not going to happen quickly. I need to take it slow.

 

Three Fundamental Principles

  1. You don’t need to connect with every reader, find the right readers.
  2. Your ideal reader is not your actual reader
  3. Readers have unique needs – figure out your readers needs.

September 17 – What do I have to offer?

So, I could tell you about the time we cut our house in half and moved it 50 kilometers to the west. I could tell you about the girl who came to our door trying to escape her boyfriend on a Saturday morning or the man who drove his truck into our pond in the middle of winter. Or all the  dogs that were abandoned in our yard over a single summer, thirteen in all. Or maybe about Fat Cat.

But would you tell two friends, who would tell two friends, and so on and so on?

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September 14 – My ideal reader is me??

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My Ideal reader for Calendar series

I write to women, 25 and up. She likes to curl up on their couch on a rainy day or at the lake and read. She likes to read in the evening, maybe in bed, for twenty minutes or so, when the hectic of the day is over. She reads paperback, magazines or kindle, preferring shorter stories that can be read in one of two sessions. She loves the outdoors, hiking, gardening, probably has children, maybe even grandchildren. She has pets. She lives life. Busy, ambitious, she needs a tiny escape, to detox, if only for a moment. She has lots of acquaintances and several very close friends. She takes her responsibilities seriously and when she finally takes the time to “just read” for fun, she takes that seriously too. She likes variety in her stories. She likes a bit of nostalgia, seeing herself or something familiar, something that takes her back to another time. She likes to empathize with the characters even though she may not agree with them, always hoping the good guy will win. She likes it when she thinks she has figured it out only to have missed one little thing, that twist that surprises. She likes to smile when reading.

September 13, 2018 – Copper Scooter

Today is my 32 wedding anniversary! The traditional gift is copper, the modern gift is conveyances. So perhaps I should be expecting a copper scooter.

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I have done P2P before. I redid Play sheet 1 on the Ideal Reader. Then, I reread the worksheet from my previous attempt. Interesting. Some is the same, some is different and it has only been a few months. I am going to mesh them together into one “Ideal Reader.”

 

Setting my timer to 30 minutes

September 12 – What do I have to offer

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The Math

Step 1 – create enough each year to earn $100 from each fan. – give your fans more

Step 2 – you must have a direct relationship with your fans

 

Super Fan > True Fan > Regular Fan

A true fan is someone who will purchase anything and everything you produce.

 

So 1000 True fans at 100/year would created $100,000. Now I need to decide on who those fans are and what I have to offer. Onwards to Playsheet #1 The Ideal Reader.

Setting my timer to 30 minutes

September 11, 2018 – Day 2

911 memorial (c)amydreher

 

Today, I remember the tragedy that is 911. It is the most life changing event that occurred in my generation.  My parents had the Kennedy/King assassinations, my grandparents had WWI and WWII. Their parents had….. I don’t know my history that well.

 

Setting my timer to 30 minutes and starting with the recommended reading below.

https://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/

 

September 10, 2018 – Launch Day

So today was my target date to restart working on my social media platform. I took P2P (Pixels to Platform) a few months ago, but nothing stuck. I did get a couple of good writing sites and awesome cheerleaders. So for  30 minutes each weekday, I will work on my platform. I will get weekends off, but Saturday morning I will report on how my week went.  Setting my timer to 30 minutes. Today, I will be listening to the Video 1, which is a bit longer than 30 minutes. *Sigh* Already breaking the rules.

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Biography

 

I was:

Born on the Canadian Prairies in the 60’s to wonderful parents who instilled in me pride and the power of living a good life. Like the prairie weather, my writing is forever changing. Fragments of my childhood, cobbled together into new characters and stories. Characters often ride with me, driving down Highway 6 or some bumpy gravel road, telling me their stories when I have not a pen or paper, forcing me to listing and pay attention.

I have:

A loving husband, two beautiful daughters, four dogs, four cats and a couple of birds and a turtle named Chew. My flower gardens are forever at the beginner stages, as I would rather hike, canoe or snowshoe with my husband (and fellow empty nester)

I know:

Life is busier that ever, so obviously this is the best time to write.

Fun Fact:

My favorite breakfast is crispy bacon and strawberry jam on white toast.

 

In a nutshell:

Happily married with two  grown daughters. Writing short fiction.