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.
Well, I’m working on getting everything ready for the show in April. I have one book on the market, but I will hopefully be launching three (three!) more at the Geequinox, two of which will be the first two books of the Jenny Dark series.
This is ambitious but possible. I have an editor selected, and I have the writing mostly done. The second draft of A Long Walk is well on its way and the first draft of book two of Jenny Dark is complete. The first draft of Jenny Dark book one is more than halfway – although I did lose my place a little bit, which slowed me down. I’m back to speed on that one, I know where I left off and I’m catching up.
Anyway, the point is that I will have four books with me at the Geequinox, sitting on my table (I might have a fifth, but probably not).
I don’t know if I will sell all my books or even most of my books. I’m going to take a risk on it, dream big and hope people like my little stories.
I am going to be the guest writer at Spring Geequinox this April!
This will be my first con appearance as a writer. Lots of work to do to make that happen, but it’s work in progress. I have an editor picked out, all my covers designed, books written. I have (barely) enough time to make it happen.
If you are reading this, hopefully, you read A Long Walk. If not, the index page has all the chapters on it, or you can get it for Kindle (or in dead tree edition) on Amazon. If you want to go for the dead tree edition it will cost you money, but the other methods are free.
I wrote A Long Walk as a NaNoWriMo Project, and it was my first finished novel. Before that, I think the longest story I had ever finished was in the five thousand word range. A Long Walk was a ten-fold increase over my next longest piece. It was a bitch, and the finished product had a lot of issues. I added viewpoints and moved characters around. When I wrote it there were some major plot points I had planned to turn out differently, but the story made more sense this way.
After I finished I was going to take it easy, I was going to slowly accumulate some books, with a plan to make a living as a writer in about ten years.
Life had different plans. I ended up in a position where I had the time and resources to give this writing stuff a serious try, and I really wanted to make it happen. I’m still on that journey, trying to make the writing thing my living.
If you liked A Long Walk please join my mailing list. I send a message a week, and the occasional one when I publish a new story. There’s also a free ebook copy of Almost Like Wearing Nothing at All in it for you!
Feel free to leave a review if you liked it or not. Also, if you download the kindle version before you leave a review you get a free Kindle version and Amazon gives the review more weight by marking you as a verified purchaser. This makes me very, very happy.
I’m trying to figure out what to do for my two new sites.
I have not put anything at all on them as of yet. One is jennydark.com – currently not hosted. It’s for my series The Strange Tales of Jenny Dark.
I don’t yet know what that’s going to look like, as a website. I think I’ll probably have a lore section, with myths, legends, ideas, etc. Due to a series of conversations with my son I have a developed mythos here. Some things won’t be in my books, although most if not all will actually influence my stories more or less. Some of it is bizarre (Hell has no entropy).
I’m doing the same thing with my World of the Dead series. World of the Dead is an interesting world to me because it’s a lot longer post-zombie than most movies. Twenty years and the world is very, very different. I’m thinking the world of the dead is going to have a great deal of worldbuilding. I want people to see the world, of course only as I reveal it in the books (there are bits that will come out much later and matter to stories).
I know, I have a few. This one is even on this site. The only issue is I have edited it since I posted it, so it’s a bit different than the version on the site. Available for sale right now.
The story is The Chosen Pigherder. The basic premise is that the chosen one is actually very good at his job, and loves it. He’s a great pig farmer. It’s not so much that he resists the call to adventure as that he has actually zero interest in it. In the end, he manages to subvert the call and do something else.
I didn’t like this one very much when I wrote it, but I went back and re-read it, and it’s much more clever than I had originally thought, and on reread I quite enjoy it.
The edits help.
Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t read the version on this site, and I will update it to match, but I haven’t done the updates yet, and it will be a few days before I manage to get those changes done, because I split it up in serial form when I first wrote it… It was an experiment in live writing.
I often find that I enjoy stories more when I take a break and go back. As a reader, I find they often have things to offer me that I didn’t appreciate when I was originally creating them.
I don’t know if I’m going to do it or not, but I’m thinking about doing a movie review channel dedicated entirely to zombies. I think I’ve watched almost every single zombie movie in existence, and there are a lot of them. Some are good, some are brilliant, and most are terrible.
The idea is to once a week (or a month, I haven’t really figured that out yet) review one of the almost infinite number of zombie movies that exist in the world. I have a couple of candidates for the first episode even (probably the original Night of the Living Dead, although The Girl with All the Gifts would also work).
So, what do people think? I’m tentatively thinking of calling it Reviews of the Dead, but it’s probably taken. Well, I guess I should find that out.
Okay, I checked… Reviews of the Dead is officially one of my youtube channels now. I will update once it has content.