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Unveiling My Plan B

Today I’m interrupting my usual schedule to let you know what my Plan B (or rather ‘project’) is, after these last six months. I spoke of it in January, mentioned it yesterday, but today’s the launch day so I thought this was the best time to blog about it.

I’ve started a service for writers who are in the midst of drafting their books; the service is a detailed critique. If you want to take a look, the site is here: Carnelian Valley Manuscript Critique.

I never thought I’d get the site completed and everything prepared, but somehow it all got finished in the end. Perhaps the biggest thing I’ve learned from this is that it’s incredibly difficult to procrastinate over starting something when everything is ready. And I’m glad to be using the homepage of my dot com again since I stopped personal blogging a few years ago – I’ve been ‘Carnelian Valley’ for 10 years now.

The question for today has to be: when was the last time you took on a daunting task/project?

I apologise to my email subscribers who have likely received this post late. The only way to adjust sending times (my posts get sent to you at 7am) would have resulted in a duplicate email.


Tanya Patrice

June 4, 2013, 11:00 pm

Charlie – what a great endeavor and I wish you the best of luck!!!

Jenny @ Jenny’s Books

June 5, 2013, 1:20 am

How cool! Well done you! Starting a new project is really daunting — I’m working on shifting to a new domain name and starting a podcast, and it’s super intimidating.


June 5, 2013, 3:18 am

Good for you! I wish you the very best of luck!


June 5, 2013, 4:58 am

How wonderful – I hope everything works out! I used to read manuscripts for a small publisher here in Phoenix and it was so interesting and helpful to them – I liked given a ‘real’ reader’s opinion.
You know, your question has made me realize that I really haven’t challenged myself in my personal life for quite a while and should probably do something about that.


June 5, 2013, 5:49 pm

Charleeee, this is amazing! I’m starting a similar service! I’ve registered a domain name (.com and .nl) and twitter name, and have been thinking – but that’s as far as I got – tbc after my holiday break. Maybe we can learn from each other!

How exciting – best of luck!

Literary Feline

June 5, 2013, 8:09 pm

I am so happy for you! I wish you the best of luck with this new endeavor.

I think the last big project I worked on was putting together the training handbook for my office. It was very time consuming and at times difficult, but it got done. I’m going to let someone else do it next time. ;-)


June 6, 2013, 7:04 am

Best of luck! Sounds like. Great service & you’re perfect for providing it

Alex in Leeds

June 6, 2013, 10:27 am

How very, very swishy. Best of luck Charlie, sounds like a good solid start to me. :)

Rebecca @ Love at First Book

June 6, 2013, 8:27 pm

Congrats and good luck!!!


June 6, 2013, 9:02 pm

Good luck! I had considered doing something similar a few years ago but never found the motivation to actually do it. I hope it’s a big success for you!

Laurie C

June 7, 2013, 12:17 pm

Good luck with your new service! I hope you get a lot of business!


June 7, 2013, 5:59 pm

Good luck Charlie! I don’t think I’ve taken on any project this big!


June 9, 2013, 9:58 am

Well, you know I think this is awesome, yay new project! Very exciting – and much needed service.



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