January 3, 2015
- I published two novels: Crashpoint and Twistpoint. I was trying to publish 3 books in one year, but Chokepoint didn’t make it. It will be out early this year, I hope.
- I learned a lot about working with freelance editors, book publishers, scheduling and timelines. If I can only publish 2 novels instead of 3 per year, that drastically extends my schedule of book publishing until I’m about 60.
- I achieved my goal of writing over 300,000 words. About 192,000 were original fiction, the rest were editing/rewriting of books in the editing stages. That includes 3 novels and a handful of short stories.
- Craft-wise, there are a number of things I learned about myself that I’m either trying to capitalize on or correct. Excessive use of pronouns, proofreading, flat characters, and shrugging are things to correct. Dialogue, how I build a story layer by layer, and work ethic are things I feel pretty good about.
- Business-wise, this year was a learning year. I’ve never published a book before or handled the business aspects of doing so. I learned things like you need to send 2 copies of your print book for copyright, the e-book is not sufficient.
- Marketing-wise, I did almost none. I’m not paying attention to number of copies sold, or pushing the book. They are not bestsellers and I haven’t made more than the weakest of attempts to market them. There are a number of reasons for this that are intentional. Marketing will come later, when at least Chokepoint is published. So far I haven’t found much in the way of marketing that works better than writing the next book.
Day job and family:
Other stuff about me that you may want to know. In 2014, I:
- Visited Spain, France, and Italy.
- Upgraded the Lair a little (mostly lighting, also added another toy Enterprise).
- Developed a fierce green tea habit (3-5 cups a day, usually sencha green tea).
- Built a ton of Star Wars and superhero Lego sets.
- Finished a few video games (but not Total War: Napoleon).
- Saw a bunch of movies, Guardians of the Galaxy being the best.
- Ran in the cold (<55 degrees) and my lungs didn’t become frozen sponges.
- Didn’t get to some blog posts about wonky stuff that I planned.
- Eased past the first half of my expected life span of 82 years.
What about 2015?
I’ll outline my New Year’s Adjustments in a future post.