03 Jan

2018: Looking Forward

My 2017 wrap up was a bit of a meaty look at a complicated year for me. What does 2018 look like?

Well, I have a story to write every month for my Patreon, so that will keep me busy. I spent 2017 just trying to see if I was even capable of writing a short story a month. I was. The $500 a month from it was a welcome addition to my income stream but I’m eyeing the savings and know that eventually the runway ends, so a goal is to grow the Patreon. I’ve been looking at a variety of author Patreons and I note that backers are often interested in the ‘how’ of writing as much as the raw stories. I have to set aside a week and think about my own Patreon and how to attract enough to hit $1,200/month as a goal.

Right now I’m toying with the idea of weekly essays about writing that come out in the Patreon first and then make their way to the blog? Let me know what you would be interested in and would like to see. I am still in the spitballing stage.

I need to finish the Fantasy novel I am working on. As I mentioned in the 2017 wrap up, it is a passion project and been so much fun to work on.

I need to finish the revisions of a Fantasy novel that David Klecha and I are working on. It’s hella fun, another fun project.

I need to revise a middle grade novel that I promised a long time ago. I mentioned not being in a good headspace last year. The story behind this book is complicated and involves it getting held up for years before being taken back out. The whole situation stressed me out so much that every time I opened the file to look at it last year I would just get furious and unable to work on it in anything like the headspace I needed.

There’s more floating around in my personal life, and some other writing projects I’m noodling around on. Some ‘BIG’ questions I have are:

Can I centralize posting for the Patreon here and offer more ‘early’ content for backers that then goes live after an exclusive period?

Would it be better to use Patreon to serialize a novel? More people read those than short fiction…

Should I continue writing the second Fantasy novel or even the third as well before trying to sell the first? The money would be welcome for the first, but submissions, contracts, and checks from the publishing process are so slow that even were I to finish soon I won’t see a payout for a long time. Long enough it won’t help me this year, likely. So why not keep writing the books in a healthy space without deadline and drama?

That’s what I am facing for the new year.

While those are tough questions, the things I was thinking about last year where about whether to throttle back or stop writing for a period, so I am looking forward to figuring these things out…

In the meantime, I do have a new novel coming out in February that I co-wrote with Paolo Bacigalupi, ‘The Tangled Lands.’

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The early NetGalley reviews from readers are very positive, whereas the review from Publishers Weekly less so, which is fun as usually things break in the opposite direction for my projects. Readers felt in the current world climate the stories resonate, even though the book is a bit dark. We wrote it before all this, but I get why that may be. Dystopian stories often hit a nerve in times like this.

2 thoughts on “2018: Looking Forward

  1. I might be unusual (I leave comments, for starters :), but the sausage making isn’t hugely interesting to me (it fascinates other, so don’t hold back on my account if you want to write about it). I much more appreciate you talking about what you want to do and what you enjoy. What I find interesting are your meta-thoughts about what’s happening, and why you’re doing certain things. The odd rant about the financial hoops you/authors go through is also good, and for that matter McKenna and Scalzi talking about the various award/con weirdness is fun (for someone who really does not want to get involved). Or the tools (keyboards, the basement reno etc).

    The regular short stories are great, and seem to fill my need to see the puppet dance 🙂 “more stories, author, more stories”. My lifelong frustration as a reader is that I find an author whose work I like, but they’re still alive and they write oh so painfully slowly. I read your book in a day, why can’t you write one in a day so I have something to read tomorrow?

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