I’ve been trying to make a point of blogging more recently, even adding a task to my to do list every week to make sure I sit down and write something for my website. My default mode tends to be to write about writing. I love reading about writing, I love engaging with other writers, I love debating the ins and outs of everything to do with the publishing world. But in the name of shaping a career around getting my own writing out in the world, it’s probably time to start talking more about what I’ve been up to.
It’s no secret that way too much time has passed since I last published a book. I’d check the numbers on that, but I don’t really want to know. I could list my reasons for hours, and may go into it either here or on my vlog in the future, but things are finally turning around and I think it’s time to talk about moving forward. I’ve been writing on a regular basis this year. Not every month has gone as well as I’ve planned, I still haven’t published anything (even though I had hoped to by now), and there are still lots of days where I feel like a massive failure… but I’m headed in the right direction. I have books on the way!
First up, I’m working on a space opera story that I am so excited to get out in the world. It’s the first book that I completely outlined beforehand, and it’s a genre that I’ve wanted to try for a while but have been massively intimidated by what’s involved. And now I’m doing it. The outline is done, several chapters are already written, and it’s shaping up to by my longest book yet by far. It’s also going to be a story about adult characters (granted, younger ones) so that’s something I’ve really enjoyed exploring as well. Ideally, I’ll have this book out by the end of the year. I’m also hoping to officially announce it within the next month or so but that depends on hitting some milestones first, so wish me luck.
Two, I’m gearing up to launch a pen name so that I can publish other stories under a different genre and also try some different opportunities in terms of marketing and how I get my books out in the world. The publishing world is one that can change so quickly and by broadening my author platforms toward different personas I’m hoping to try new things, write new books and maybe lose some of that awkwardness I feel about self promotion by somewhat removing myself from the equation.
So yeah! That’s where I am right now. Not quite jumping back into the publishing world yet, but close… and it feels so good!