It’s been a year to the day since I dipped my toe into the waters of self-publishing with the release of a short story of mine called The Machine. It was also the day that I first put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard?) and started writing what would become my first published novel, After the Winter. A landmark day in my life in many ways.
So how did I do, looking back on my first year?
Pretty darn good.
Not in terms of financial success, mind you. I’m still in the early stages of my writing career and slowly building an audience. That’s a long process and I’m chipping away at it one reader at a time right now. My expenses are outweighing my income, but that’s the way of it with a new business, right?
In terms of the quantity of writing I’ve done in the past twelve months, I’m very happy. I’ve written one complete three-book series (The Silent Earth) as well as two more books in a new series that are at various stages of the editing process. That’s five full novels in the space of twelve months, which is well beyond my expectations.
To be honest, I didn’t think I had it in me. I’m happy to be pleasantly surprised in this case.
I’m also delighted with the quality of what I’ve done. Every novel that I’ve written has been meticulously planned and thought out, considerations given to character development as well as plotting and world building. I’ve gone through alpha and beta readers and changed the stories where necessary. I’ve had a very good editor go over the stories and fine tune them, and after all of that I’ve hired proofreaders to add the final polish.
These are books that I’m proud of, and that I will always be proud of, books that I have put my heart and soul into. I have left no stone unturned in making them the best that they can be, and that is undoubtedly the most satisfying part of this whole process. The response from readers has also been terrific, and I love to hear that people have enjoyed my work.
And with that off my chest, here’s the fun part of today’s post – there’s a new series headed your way in July, 2015, and here’s the full cover art for the first book:
As you can probably tell, the new series is called THE REACH, and the first book is titled EARTHBOUND. There will be more details coming very soon, but for now I can tell you that THE REACH is a fast paced sci-fi series with lots of action, plenty of twists and turns and a large cast of characters with their own desires and agendas. The early feedback I’ve had on EARTHBOUND is extremely positive, so I can’t wait to get it into your hands.
Watch this space for more details, and thank you for sharing my first year with me. I hope there’s many more to come.