I said yesterday that I’ve developed a five-year plan with regards to my writing and publishing career, today I’m going to share the details of that, at least a little bit. The five-year plan is vague after the first year, and flexible even inside it. All deadlines are tentative and will be altered to reflect reality, the main reason I’m not actually going to share them as that’s gotten me into trouble in the past.
I’m going to call 2012 the first year, even though I’m going to start on things a little sooner than that.
First up will be the e-book version of Thorvald’s Wyrd. As a quick refresher, this is a heroic fantasy tale inspired by Norse mythology and told in 100-word scenes. Originally serialized here (and it’s still up and available), the feedback I’ve gotten has been really good and even included several requests/demands for an e-book version. I’m about to put out feelers for cover art and have a couple of people in mind to ask. This may happen before the end of 2011.
Next in the queue will be the e-book version of Turn the World Around, my current serial. First Contact with an attempt at interstellar peace. I’ve had some good feedback on this, too, mostly by e-mail, and while the serial isn’t complete, the story is at a little over 35,000 words. This also might happen before the end of the year, or maybe early January.
In both cases, there will be a print version as well, almost certainly via CreateSpace. There isn’t a huge cost associated with this and it makes it easy to get a bunch to take with me to a conference or a convention if I choose, something that a couple of people have put a bug in my ear about.
Here is where things start to get a little more fluid. Or maybe variable is the right word. For the rest of the year, I’m going to continue writing the stories for Graceland (the themed collection with a story inspired by each of the songs from Paul Simon’s seminal album of the same title). I’m going to do very little editing of my own work in October, focusing on some other things I need to get completed. November will be for a reread and revision notes on Skip To My Luu (a working title, which I do kind of like), and picking up whatever I still need to do on a couple of other commitments. In November, I hope to start the second draft along with the first round edits on the Graceland stories.
But wait, you exclaim, what about Heroes Inc? Didn’t you say you planned to have that done by the end of the year? Heroes Inc is a working title, by the way, and yes, I did say that on more than one occasion. But the beauty of self publishing is that the schedule is up to me, and I found when I finished the second draft, I wanted to let it rest for a while and come back to it with fresh eyes again. So now the plan is to alternate drafts with Skip To My Luu. The outline has me finishing the 4th (usually final for me) draft of Heroes Inc in the very early spring and Skip To My Luu a few weeks after. The Graceland final drafts should be done just about when I start on Heroes Inc, so I’ll be looking for Beta readers for three different things within about two months. That might be an interesting challenge.
So, allowing for a good amount of time for potential revisions after the Beta readers tell me all the problems with each volume, finding cover art, and doing all of the formatting and prep work for each of the three books, I hope to have all three ready for publication between mid-summer and mid-autumn.
Which makes the basic order of release:
Turn the World Around
Skip To My Luu
While I’m doing all of these later drafts and getting a bunch of short stories out into the wild (which I haven’t done much of this year, or none, actually), I will be drafting the next big project. I’ve already started it, referring to it as Alishra’s story in a previous post back in May. I haven’t got a lot done so far, two whole scenes, almost 5,000 words, and all of it long hand (and that was the point, to work on it without letting it take over). It’s a big story and might take me a long time to get the full first draft down, but I’m going to start on the keyboard early in the new year, assuming I can catch up on everything else first. I have been doing some heavy duty plotting. It’s a multi-book arc and if I can get the first two done to the first draft level in 2012 along with everything else, I’ll be thrilled.
And yes, I’ll publish that story, too.by