Plans Going Forward

One of my big things that I promised myself when I decided to become an author was to be honest with my readers and fans. I may not tell all of you everything, but if I’m not going to answer a question, it’s either because I somehow missed it, or I will tell you that I’m not telling. That said, here are my plans for the future.

The last few days I’ve been working on a story about the original Sistina Constella. I’ve been working at my laptop in another room, and it has increased how much I’ve gotten done dramatically. This might also be because it’s a relatively simple story, but regardless, it’s going well. The story should be about 8-10 chapters long, with about 15,000 – 20,000 words in total, which is in the neighborhood of 1/6th the length of Ancient Ruins or Spells of Old. This story/novella is primarily world-building, and doesn’t have much conflict in it. Eventually this novella and another one or two will be part of a small anthology, Before the Godsrage. That will be after I release Halls of Power.

More immediately, the novella gives me something to share with those who’ve subscribed to my mailing list. To avoid worries about Kindle Unlimited, I’m going to be sharing the un-edited version of my novella. I intend to send out newsletters to my mailing list every other week (I skipped this week because I published on Saturday). When I do, I intend to send out a chapter of the novella to those on the list. This gives me something to share over time, hopefully not losing the interest of all you readers, until I release a book proper.

Now, another subject that was suggested to me by a reader via email was to set up a patreon or such and share stories and snippets that way. I’m not going to do that, and here’s why. To me it feels like gouging. I want to share my stories, yes. I intended to share bits of novels and such via my mailing list from the beginning, and it feels just rude of me to consider releasing it behind a paywall. Furthermore, it could complicate things with releasing the stories via the Kindle Store in the end, and I don’t want to do that. Besides, making all of you pay multiple times for the content just… bugs me.

Finally, novels I write. I don’t know how quickly I can actually write them, to be perfectly honest. The Ancient Dreams trilogy has mostly consumed my life since November 2016. I personally hope to release at least two books a year, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to manage it. I’m going to try, but let’s be honest, we won’t know until we get there. My current plan is to publish Halls of Power before October 3rd, when I turn 32. I don’t know if that’s feasible, but I’m going to try.

So there you are. My current plans, in a nutshell. Or in long form, depending on how you see it.

2 thoughts on “Plans Going Forward

  1. I think, at least theoretically, two books a year is… probably doable? But at the same time, that’s assuming cooperative muse, workable ideas, etc etc. Better, I think to hope for two but not force it, than have a sort of ‘I said I’ll put out two books so by god I’m going to!’ attitude that ends up either burning you out or leaving you putting out books that aren’t as good as they could have been.

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    1. After some discussion with my wife, she pointed out that at my usual writing rate, I can finish a book of the length of Ancient Ruins in about 10 weeks. So, assuming another 5 weeks for editing and such, that means about 15 weeks per book, or thereabouts.

      So, I think 2 books a year is on the conservative side. We’ll see, though.

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