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What I Learned About Writing This Week…from The Consortium

Greetings, all. I hope you’ve been paying attention. If you have, you know that Aaron’s 3rd Ghost Targets novel (and fourth published novel) is officially out.

If you haven’t been paying attention and this is news to you, I invite you to click that link and check out Ghost Targets: Restraint. Go ahead. I’ll wait. ; )

All caught up? Excellent!

You should probably also know that I’ve finished my final draft of SHADOWS AFTER MIDNIGHT and have submitted it to my editor. Much rejoicement! Huzzah! Huzzah!

As you might expect, Aaron’s new release and my final draft completion have me thinking airy thoughts about publication and book sales and promotion and what-hast-thou. Accordingly, I’ve been keeping an eye on our sales numbers — for Aaron and I both are published through the same indie publisher, Consortium Books.

Here’s the fab punchline, readers: Consortium Books is projected to sell its 10,000th book before the end of the month.

I won’t be surprised to see it happen before the end of the week.

To give you the right perspective on this: We’re talking about a publishing company that didn’t exist a year ago and is run entirely by volunteers.

We’ve got a writers’ tribe that critiques and edits each other’s work. We’ve got an editor. We’ve got a marketing director. We’ve got photographers, a graphic designer, and a design coordinator. We’ve got painters and pencil artists creating illustrations for an RPG based on Consortium Books novel characters. We’ve got programmers working behind-the-scenes to format books and e-books and program the RPG. We’ve got organized, driven people who coordinate all of this activity and keep it going.

And there’s more, but I think you get the picture.

The Consortium isn’t just all about Consortium Books, no. But right now, that’s where the focus is, simply because it’s the most effective way to generate funds. But that’s not my point.

My point is that none of this would be possible without the commitment and determination of these intelligent, creative minds and generous hearts.

Ten thousand books, people. That’s what can happen when creatives unbox their thinking and offer up their talents to support each other.

And that’s WILAWriTWe. 🙂

The Consortium (click to embiggen!)

4 Responses to “What I Learned About Writing This Week…from The Consortium”

  1. Aaron Pogue says:

    It’ll be before the end of Thursday, unless I miss my guess….

    And thank you, Courtney, for everything you’ve done to make that possible. You’re a huge part of our organization.

    And you’re right, with resources like these, we’re going to do some truly astonishing things.

    For that matter…we already have. Ten thousand books. Wow.

  2. Julie V. says:

    Wooooo!!! And also…. YAY!!

    Not to be a downer, but may I just suggest that the next time we take a group photo, we do it sans hats?