You can buy Resource Economies on Amazon as of right now! The paperback won’t be available for a few days, I have to complete the proofing process (which means getting an actual physical copy by mail). Will post again as soon as that’s done… probably with a photo of the thing in my hand!
I did a sort of a soft launch of Resource Economies with a draft cover, but I have the final cover now and I’m launching the real deal. Actually, I’ve had the final cover for a while, but I was putting off some final bits of editing I needed to do. Now it’s done, the files have been submitted and sometime within the next 24 – 72 hours when Amazon has completed their review the book will be available!!!
I’m very proud of this book, it’s a sequel of sorts, although the majority of the characters are new, and it is twenty years after the first one. Most importantly, it isn’t nearly as self-insert as A Long Walk was!!!
The e-book is now ready!
This was written a few days ago – I have a bunch of these, I’m going to start posting them from time to time.
What is an author’s moral responsibility with regards to social issues?
So, apparently, I’m going off and being pretentious straight out of the gate with my new blogging schedule.
Still, it’s a thorny question. Does an author have a responsibility to be socially conscious? To try to reflect the values they believe in, to have characters who embody what they want to see in the world?
My answer is – it’s complicated. This is just the answer for me of course, but not all of the characters I write are characters I agree with, even the protagonists.
The Strange Tales of Jenny Dark features a narrator who has a very, very progressive view. Miranda is not just politically to the left of centre (as am I), but she’s very, very far to the left. I don’t know if she’s further than I am, but she’s followed a different direction. She’s very, very into identity politics. That’s something I find problematic.
Most of my villains share at least some of my points of view. It’s part of how I establish them as more complex characters. They don’t have single points of view, they aren’t cut from a single cloth, they have some views that I actually find morally positive, and some I find actually evil.
My heroes are the same, I don’t agree with them completely. Now, that doesn’t mean they aren’t heroic, or that they aren’t somehow good people. They are just complicated.
Same for my stories. I don’t agree with all of the outcomes or decisions, good doesn’t always triumph, and sometimes it isn’t even totally obvious that good is good.
So, what’s the moral responsibility? Moral is subservient to story. I will always side with a good tale over a moral tale, both in my reading and in my writing.
So, I’m changing my post frequency – for obvious reasons. I’m going to once a week.
Also, I’m employed – sort of. I’m part owner of a company, and I do get paid for it. This is a very, very recent development. It is taking up a lot of my time.
The truth is I can’t keep this blog going at a post a day while starting a new business and launching three books in less than two months, one of which isn’t quite finished yet, and I mean the first draft.
So, new posts will be on Friday from now on.
Okay, no… that’s not really what this post is about. One of the writing groups I belong to had the question “Is becoming a bestselling author a dream or a goal for you?”. My answer was neither (which is a bit unfair, since the group is specifically about becoming a bestselling author)…
My answer was that I wanted to sell a few copies of a lot of books. Sure, having a book become a bestseller would be amazing and incredibly validating, but I’m good with writing a lot of books and having people who like them buy them even if not that many people know about them. That’s my ultimate goal, to have people like my stories enough that they buy all of my books, even when I have dozens on the market.
Is that goal realistic? If I work at it I could probably do six to eight books a year. That means it will take around three years to twenty books (give or take a few months). At twenty books I should be able to earn a decent living, if not an extravagant one.
So, long-term, I want to earn my living from that process.
In the meantime, I have work I do day to day, as well as the work I do for writing and marketing. Sometimes that work takes up a lot of time.
So the manuscript for A Long Walk is now in an editors hands getting ready for the next edition. The manuscript for Resource Economies has a lot of highlighter on it and is sitting in my bag. The manuscript for Jenny Dark book 1 is mostly done first draft and the manuscript for book 2 is at first draft but untouched. I have covers for all four ready to go – although I do think I need a copy of windows and the Adobe suite to work with them and get them ready for print. That’s all cool though. I might even farm out that bit of work to another designer.
Too busy to write a lot on here most days right now. I have a couple of day jobs at the moment.
I have my line editor picked out and starting to go. Working on getting a developmental editor lined up, someone who is comfortable with zombies and demon related stuff.
It’s exciting and crazy – I’m actually launching four books in just over two months!!! Holy Crap!
I have a confession to make – I’m not totally focused on writing right now.
There’s a lot going on in my life, and it’s taking time from my ability to write. I have been often driving several hours a day, and overall there’s just a lot going on.
I’m still writing, and I’m getting back to doing it at a faster pace since the Qeequinox is coming up very soon. Also, I have my web dev contract that’s on the edge of completion, and that’s taking up time.
There’s other stuff, some of which is very intense and very time-consuming.
I’m a bit exhausted. Okay, I’m a lot exhausted. It’s not a bad thing, but it’s hard to maintain long-term.
Doesn’t matter though, I’m launching three new books at the Spring Geequinox, and they will be ready in time. The fourth one I was thinking of seems too ambitious. I mean, it’s sixty-three days away.