Beyond the Frontiers of the Million Word Challenge

Today is a post of two, interconnected, halves: it is the first post of the month, so it is time for an update on the Million Word Challenge; and I just published another book, which you can get free, and put another one on pre-order.

I know most of you are here for the numbers not the gifts, so here is an internal link to skip the free stuff and get to the Challenge update.

Still here? Greenstar Season 1, Episodes 1–3 is now available for free on Gumroad on EPUB, MOBI, and PDF.

Greenstar Season 1 Intro Cover
Greenstar Season 1 Intro Pack

Simon and I both think the collaboration is working exceptionally well, so it feels great to reach the point of putting the first three episodes in people’s hands—or eReaders if you don’t have your HandyTalk™ gloves yet.

The first three episodes are also free on Google Play and Kobo.

Amazon and Barnes & Noble won’t let us list it for free. However, if you wanted to help other readers get the same great deal you could report a lower price to Amazon.

If you want more than the first three episodes, Greenstar Complete Season 1 will be released on 1st October 2014. It is on pre-order via Gumroad. And until 7th October 2014, it is at a promotional price of $2.99.

Greenstar Complete Season 1 Cover
Greenstar Complete Season 1

As well as all ten episodes in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF, the Gumroad package contains an exclusive short story and all the Season 1 Crew diaries.

The package will return to the full price of $5.99 on 8th October 2014.

The full season can also be pre-ordered without the extras (although, if you don’t like free stuff you would have clicked the link above so this probably doesn’t apply) on Amazon, Google Play, and Kobo: and will be released on NOOK on 1st October 2014.

And everybody is back in the room.

August was a qualified success in the Million Word Challenge. Due to the bank holiday, my target for the month was 61,600 words. I comfortably beat it with a final total of 78,426 words.

However, my mean word count was 2,530 words/day. Which is less than the 2,740 words/day required to stay level.

Looking at the daily figures, there were five days when I missed my target. Each of which corresponds to either finalising the paperback of An Unquiet Calm or the release of Greenstar. There are also fewer days (weekends especially) where I didn’t exceed my target significantly because I spent time on one of the releases.

I think putting publishing books above and arbitrary yearly word count is the healthy way round, and Greenstar Complete Season 1 is likely to have similar impact. Therefore, no changes to my targets for September.


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