It’s important to have a plan.

As an indie author, it’s important to know what lies ahead, what you want to achieve, and what you need to do to get there.

At the start of the week I had a plan for how the next year would look, what I would write, what I would publish, what I had to do.

Tuesday, I tore it up and started again.

That sounds a bit drastic, doesn’t it?

Mad, even.

Well no, not really. I’ve been calm this week, I’ve felt good about my writing.

This isn’t a kneejerk panic about having too much on. No, this is me realising that my original plan didn’t make sense.

I have to get some momentum going, and so realised that publishing a short novel in March which could form part of a series, but at the moment doesn’t, is actually insane.

It’s a good book, I’m really proud of it, and so I don’t want it to sit there as – for now – a one off. I want people to read it, I want it to sell.

To help it, there needs to be a follow-through, it will get more attention if it’s part of something rather than just left to itself.

So, before the end of the year, I’m going to start writing the follow up. I already have the plot in mind, I already know the central character, so I’m going to go for it.

All being well, I aim to publish in June.

With another book in September.

And maybe a novella as well.

It will be a lot of work, but I’m relishing the prospect.

The important thing is that I’m learning.

This time last year the notion of myself as a writer was like some forgotten half-memory, but now I’m embracing it. And part of that is learning about the indie world and what works. It’s a steep curve, but I’m getting there.

Writers, how far in advance do you plan? How flexible do you allow yourself to be?

My debut novel, THE WANNABES – which has been out of print for a little while – is now available for free. A supernatural thriller of beautiful actresses and deadly ambition in London town, it’s well worth your time. You can get your copy here!

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