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Updated: 2015 Writing and Publishing Spreadsheet

Seems like every year I find a glitch in the spreadsheet…

Yep, found one this year. I’ve now uploaded a corrected version on the Writing Freebies page. The automated summaries at the top will now calculate correctly for each month.

Sorry about that!

UPDATED: Schedule – Writing and Publishing Template

Yet another spreadsheet update for 2015!

The “Schedule – Writing and Publishing Template” is not contingent on a year. I use my copy for multiple years. However, when planning for 2015 I realized that the spreadsheet was missing a crucial element: estimated word count. By adding this column I realized I had accidentally planned on writing over 800k in 2015.

Oops! No way was that going to happen!

I posted an updated version on the Writing Freebies page.

2015 Writing and Publishing Spreadsheet Available

2015 is here, and that means it’s time to set new writing goals! To help with that, I have updated my “Writing and Publishing Spreadsheet.”

From personal experience, I want to say that even if one does not hit the goal set out at the beginning of the year, any writing is still success. Last year I was aiming for 500,000 words in January of 2014. Then Mother Hen had to have more brain surgery in May. Then she developed hydrocephalus in June. Yeah, that 500k was not going to happen.

So, I dropped my goal for the year to 300,000. Wrote whenever I could, which sometimes wouldn’t bee for weeks. So, what did I get to in 2014?

231,824 new words!

That’s call failing to success. All of those words are a win and a major success!

So, go into 2015 with a goal. Write and revise! View every word forward as a triumph.

All spreadsheets are available on the Writing Freebies page.

Free 2014 Word and Revision Tracking Spreadsheet

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Along with writing, I am very much a numbers geek. Goals, keeping track, statistics…

Oh yeah, I love ’em!

One of the many ways I do that is by keeping track of my writing and revising process. However, I had a problem when looking for a good way to keep track of it, and that is that I don’t like the daily tracking spreadsheets. I wanted something more flexible.

So, I came up with my own. One that tracks daily, weekly, and month. Depending on my mood and the events in (annoying) real-life, it is flexible enough to keep track. Plus, thanks to the “Totals” tab, I can see in an instant what projects I’ve written on in the year.

There is a tab with instructions, but here are the basics to get started:

1. Decide on the yearly goal and type into the box on the upper left corner in both the “Revision Count” and “New Word Count” tabs (Yellow cell ONLY). Stats and weekly/monthly goals will automatically adjust.

2. Update how many days of the week you have available to write (1-7). The “Writing Days” column will automatically adjust to show how many writing days you will have as each week progresses. You will also see in the last week how many writing days you’ve allotted yourself for the year.

NOTE: The first tab is information collected from the entire spreadsheet and displayed for convenience. Do not manipulate anything in this tab.

You can play with how big or small a yearly goal you want, as well as adjust to how many days a week you have available and see how the numbers change. This will help you come up with something realistic for your situation.

Stats included: Average Per Day Needed (Adjusted for how many days a week available to write), Average Per Week Needed, Average Per Month Needed, Ahead or Behind (Week), Goal for Tomorrow (Daily), Average Per Week, Average Per Day, Percent Complete, Year Total, Month Totals, Monthly Average

Down below you will find both Excel .exl and Open Office .ods formats. Have fun with 2014!

Excel File Format: 2014 WordCount Tracker TEMPLATE
Open Office File Format: 2014 WordCount Tracker TEMPLATE


J.A. MarlowThe String Weavers 350H

The String Weavers

(The String Weavers – Book 1)

Disappearing food. Music no one else hears. An alien dropped off by a giant flaming bird…

Abducted from Earth, Kelsey Hale finds herself in the middle of a deadly conflict among alien worlds and parallel universes. She must not only survive, but also rescue her father from a dangerous group of unknown intent. In the process discovering a family secret that will change her life forever.

With the mysterious Weavers connecting it all.

** Book One in “The String Weavers” series **

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TMHSWP: Unexpected – But Good – Additions

“The Mother Hen String Weaver Project” is slowly winding to a close. Today I put the finishing touches on the last String Weaver book. I thought it was done before, but it turned out I was wrong.

One day, while I was walking, I realized that the story wasn’t yet finished. I came up with at least three scenes that the story needed towards the end. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that instinct was right.

Why did I even doubt the idea that it needed more? Because with a project that has gone on for as long as it has, because of how much I love it, because of how much others have loved it, it’s easy to get into the ‘perfect’ mentality. That it is never done. That it’s never good enough.

If a writer gives in to that too much, it can cause the project to never end. “Just one more thing.” “just one more tweak.” “Need to add or redo this section.”

It would be very easy to fall into that with this project. Oh, so, easy.

But, the ending needed these scenes. So, I started in. I thought the additional scenes would add a thousand or so words.

It didn’t turn out that way once I really got started. I should have know better. (hehe)

I started writing, and the scenes took on a life of their own. In a good way. In a great way. The scenes really came to life. Characters I didn’t expect showed up.

It resulted in the additions bringing a lot of closure to a lot of different areas and to characters. In the end it added a little over 3500 words, and I’m thrilled about all of it. In the process, it made this book officially the longest one of the series by just a little bit.

Something unexpected appeared, though. Something I’m a little worried about mentioning here, as I know I will immediately start getting pestered about it. Yes, looking at you, Nyx, Grey, and Tobe!

Um, the additions gave me ideas for three String Weaver short stories and novelettes. EEK!

(I really shouldn’t be surprised. In a universe like this, ANYTHING can happen.)

Oh well. I’ll live with it. At least I’ll never run out of things to read. 😛
The String Weavers Book 7

Yesterday’s Revision Session: 3593
Total for Novel (Out of 100k): 104726


What is the “The Mother Hen String Weaver Project?” I’m glad you asked! Read here to find out.

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Yes, our very own beloved Mother Hen is now struggling with a GBM tumor. The family is struggling because of no insurance and we are desperate to get her the life-saving treatment she needs. If you have a little extra and would like to help out this very deserving person, please consider giving a little donation to help her along the way. Thank you!

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Writerly Progress

2015 Yearly New Words
47.15%  188600 of 400000
2015 Yearly Revision Words
9.53%  38100 of 400000

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Available Ebook Formats

The works of J.A. Marlow are available in a wide number of formats including DRM-Free. Below is a list of a few of the retailers the various formats can be found at.

Mobi (Kindle compatible): Amazon, Drive Thru Scifi, Omnilit/All Romance Ebooks, Smashwords, Xinxii

Epub (Nook compatible): Barnes & Noble, Drive Thru Scifi, Google Play, Kobo, Omnilit/All Romance Ebooks, Smashwords, Xinxii, iBookstore

PDF: Omnilit/All Romance Ebooks, Smashwords, Xinxii

Palm DOC/iSolo (Palm compatible): Smashwords

RTF (Rich Text Format): Smashwords

LRF (Older Sony Reader format): Smashwords

Plain Text: Smashwords

Online Reading (HTML): Google Play, Smashwords