If all goes well, I’ll publish seven times next year!
My publishing schedule, as I envisage it at the moment, will be as follows:
- January – Novella, already written, awaiting edit.
- March – Novel, already written, awaiting edit.
- June – Three novellas, in the process of writing.
- Sept – Novella, needs to be written
- Oct – Novel, needs to be rewritten by me and edited.
That’s seven publications. Seven works of fiction which all need a lot of work done on them, Some to the point they have to be built from the ground up.
I’ll be honest, I sometimes think that I’m taking on too much. That I can’t do all this while working a full time job and raising a young child. But there’s another part of me which is relishing the prospect. As much as I chafe against it (as it’s a tendency that tends to make me want everything just so) I am someone who likes to plans. I appreciate when everything ahead of me is planned out. I’m generally not one to stop and smell the roses, unless I’ve scheduled time to do so. But now I have half a dozen plans circling in my head, over-lapping, running into each other – and I’ve got to be honest, I’m liking the thought of it. I’m enjoying the challenge of getting all these things out there, of making them the best I can.
“But what about marketing and promotion, Mr Jameson?” you ask (as obviously I expect you to be formal). “What are you going to do about marketing and promotion and making sure these books are actually read? It’s hardly like you’re an expert, is it?”
That’s a fair question and for the moment I’m reading all I can, finding out all I can, and next year will be a case of learning on the job. October will be the release of my big epic novel, the first of a trilogy, and I hope to have a clearer idea of what I’m doing – and what works for me – by then.
So learning marketing is another plan to build into my existing set of plans, to lay on top of them. I’m not as confident on the marketing front as I am on the writing, as such it’s more daunting. However, I’m learning is to relish the planning, but also relish the challenges.
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