The past week has been eaten by taking a class on Amazon Ads. It’s been a long time since I dragged home after work, finished reading (or watching, in this case) the assignment, and then tried to get my homework due today submitted before 11:59:59 PM. And then woke up in the morning, to find a new assignment waiting and try to do it all over again.
It’s worth it, though, because I’m tackling an area of ignorance, and if Peter’s doing this for a full time job, then one of us ought to understand the advertising end. Marriage is a partnership, and since I already had tried some of it before, and write the advertising copy, it landed on my plate. Do not want, contains hours of assignments, homework and deadlines!
But it’s not about me, it’s about us. And while writing is fun and frustrating and lovely by turns, publishing contains lots of boring and frustrating and “Why are we even doing this?” parts that must be tackled even when we really don’t want to.
One unexpected benefit: while the class really hammers the ad copy for Amazon Ads, and turning out something eye-catching and attention-grabbing in 149 characters or less (including spaces), this has actually finally started to penetrate the miasma in my brain surrounding “How do you write a good first line?” I might get there yet. In the meantime, I’m practicing on getting better in each target category and subgenre.
As the world doesn’t stand still for this, I’m also working on the blurb for the last book, since copyedits are almost done, and the cover artist has already gotten the rough draft of the cover to me. Does this sound interesting?
Blood, Oil, & Love:
Lizzes Olsen is a petrogeologist in a partially-terraformed world where oil is so scarce, wars are fought over potential fields. Armed with a dress and an invitation to the Landing Day Ball courtesy of her fairy god-Gunny Sergeant (Ret), she’s determined to get at least three job interviews by the stroke of midnight.
She didn’t count on meeting Twitch, an Imperial Recon who’s decided he’s going to make sure she succeeds no matter the odds. Nor was she prepared for the community that comes with being courted by a very determined quiet professional.
When her wishes are granted, they come at the cost of ecoterrorists out for her blood. Worse, her first job will involve scouting for a potential field deep in enemy-held territory, where not even Recon may be able to save her team…