Daily Update: NoNoWriMo Day 9
Yes, I’m still doing this NaNoWriMo thing. Guess what? I’m still on track to get my 50,000 for this month. I’m only guessing here, but I think I might make it this year. Yesterday I got another late start and still got 1820 words. This puts me just a tiny bit ahead of schedule and I like that feeling. I’ll be doing some words today, but I don’t know that I’ll be able to knock out nearly as many as I would be able to. Just so much going on this weekend.
I’m still using my one sentence per chapter as an outline. I know overall what’s going to happen in the book and it’ll be fun to write the end. Just like with the first book everything that happens in this book will happen in a compressed timeframe. I’m still making references to things that happened between the two books and this will give me potential fodder for short stories. The joy of this is that I could potentiall write a collection of short stories between the two books if there is any demand for it.
One thing I’ve given a LOT of thought to is going the Indie Route for V&A Shipping. I’m coming up on the one year timeline since I first sent out my books to the publisher I’d met at World Fantasy Con. I’m a very patient person, but I think, now that I’m getting a sequel written, it’s high time to get V&A Shipping a book cover and get that one out into the wild and see what happens. It’s not that I don’t want to see my books published by a publisher, it’s that I feel I can get more traction getting the books out there.
I still get email from fans who’ve found the podcast and they wonder where the sequel is. Well, I’m writing it and now I’m going to self-publish the first. I’ve already had editing done on the book, I just need to get those edits compiled and get a cover. I’ll work on the layout which will be fun, and I’m off to the races. Then it’s a matter of getting the second done.
Beyond that, I also have a few other books that are ready to go. Not just done,but I’ve gotten edits back from friends and I’ll send them off to a pro editor and we’ll see what happens. If I play my cards right, I could potentially have 5 or 6 books out next year. Yes, that’s highly ambitions, but I’ve already written them. I’ve already had editing done. I just need book covers.
Like I said, I’m patient. I need to work on a release schedule, I need to get covers done, I need to make sure edits are complete, and I need covers. All of this is a time and money investment at this stage. It’s all in my head and I need to write everything down and get a calendar and just go for it, I think.
It’s not something I’m jumping into lightly (as I did with my first book, Astel, which I still need to get some good editing done on).
What do you think? Is it high time to start pumping out book? I am thinking of not just getting the books out there, but also podcasting, doing print editions, setting up a store from my site where I’ll sell signed copies. There’s a lot to do. I thought of doing KickStarter for this, but I think I can do this on my own without a kickstarter. I’ll be assuming all the risk. I have no gaurentee. But I’ll be able to sell ebook, print, signed, and audio versions of anything I release.
Yes, I know this isn’t a new trail. It’s been done by many, but by going out on my own (without an agent or publisher) I’ll also have full control of everything I release. All with no gaurentee that I’ll see any results. I just need to give it time to grow. Time and a little bit of money. That’s what I need to do this.
I think I’m beyond the actual thinking stage of this. I think I’m about to enter the planning stage. 2013 is just around the corner and I think it’s the year I go for it.
Let me know your thoughts. I’ve got words to write.