2017 was an incredibly productive year for me - though not necessarily in terms of releasing fiction. But I accomplished more networking and freelancing in 2017 than I had in any year prior. And as of the 22nd of October, 2018, the fruits of some of that networking are finally available to the public.
Writer friend of mine James Wylder has created a compelling and layered science fiction universe with his book 10,000 Dawns, and in 2017 James reached out to me to see if I’d be willing to help fill out his upcoming anthology set in the world(s) of 10,000 Dawns.
I immediately accepted.
Hey folks! It's been a while since I've checked in, and an even longer while since I've written about my writing. Truth be told, 2017 was a year full of challenges unlike any I've ever experienced before, not in their gravity but in their overall impact to my day-to-day life, and that of my family.
That being said, it's not like I haven't been productive to some degree. I assisted with the production of Street Masters from Blacklist Games (which I should be getting my copy of hopefully before the holidays!), I wrote a short story to add to a science-fiction anthology of an author friend of mine, I've launched Season Two of The NovelCast, and I've written the beats for the next three books I'll be penning. So while the amount of work I've completed is a far cry from what I know I'm capable of in a calendar year, it is still things I am proud of, and things I've never done before.
But enough about that, let's talk about the future.
Creatively speaking, my life took a small leap forward this last week. Feeling bad for having not embarked on any writing projects since we moved earlier this year, I decided to recover from this two-fold. First, I began laying the groundwork for a new horror novella, especially since Behind the Locked Door did so well in its first few days of release. I wrote the beats and got the pre-work established for this new book. Then, I followed it up with starting work on Season Two of Enter the NovelCast, including recording chapters for the new audiobook and starting a Patreon to help make it even better (you can find the Novelcast Patreon HERE).
But I wasn't prepared for the two opportunities that would come my way via social media nearing the end of the week last week, both of which will help spur along my career as a self-published author and game designer.
When 2016 ended and 2017 started, I had grand plans for the year (as I usually do). I planned to write more - much more - and release multiple books this calendar year, of numerous lengths and in varying genres. The plan was bold, but I never felt like I made plans that were outside the realm of possibility. I just sometimes have a difficult time keeping focused. Especially lately.
While in the process of re-focusing my creative energy into fiction writing and podcasting, and really hunkering down to look into those two processes with new eyes and an excited attitude, I got a notice from my landlord that she would like to put the house we've been renting the last few years up on the market once more this late spring/early summer.
And my creative drive and desires to write and produce content was sucked down the toilet as the prospect of finding my family a place to live rushed suddenly to the forefront.
Today I got a notification email from Smashwords alerting me that ASTRAL TIDES: RIMWARD - EPISODE ONE just got a review. And not just any review, it was a review with a rating, the first official rating for any book in the Astral Tides series. I was excited and also terrified, and when I clicked the link in the email my heart was in my throat with anticipation and anxiety.
Click HERE to read the review, and then check out the rest of this blog post.
It has been a while since my last written blog post, so in this one I will outline some of the changes I've put forth to my current series, as well as outline the changes and story ideas I have for future releases and series.
Thursday, May 26 marked the launch of my first novella BEHIND THE LOCKED DOOR, which is also the first title in my horror imprint the Dreadful series. The novella was around 20k words, and so I only charged $0.99 for its purchase. With such a low price point and low word count, this seemed to be my easiest point of entry for new readers, despite it being a psychological horror story. So I did something I've never done before.
I asked people to buy it.
I am a man who likes to stay busy, and what I deem as 'busy', I've heard a lot of other people refer to as 'too busy.' I work two jobs and have anywhere from two to seven different creative projects in the works at one time (at the time of writing this blog post, I am in the middle of editing one novella, about to start writing another, working on the game mechanics behind my own card game, as well as fine-tuning the mechanics of my second tabletop RPG), and I still get random ideas and thoughts pertaining to starting even mroe projects.
And on top of all of this, I am a husband and a father of two. All things I've listed here demand my attention, and all to varying degrees. I honestly cannot remember the last time I genuinely felt bored. I simply don't let myself get there.
With little Kory now home for over two weeks, and me getting back to my normal day jobs, I've been keeping an eye open on freelance writing opportunities online through various websites, and I see a lot for blog writers. It made me think: keeping a regular blog has always been difficult for me. Could I just outsource it? Hire other writers to do their own series or posts on the Experience Points blog? It would be easier for me, for sure.
Self-publishing is still a relatively new thing when compared to other forms of entertainment. Things like traditional publishing, film, television and video games have all been around for over the last thirty years, and the models for creating and selling these art forms is pretty solidly established. Every so often it gets turned on its head, such as with relatively newer programs like Netflix or Hulu or YouTube, but overall, we know what to expect from a $5 movie, a $15 movie, and a $25 movie.
Self-publishing doesn't have those same established norms, at least not widespread enough that anybody browsing Amazon's digital library will know what to look for.