2014 Goals

  • Release the first two books of my next series – It’s no surprise I’ve been developing one for a while now and I fully intend to get the first two books in this series delivered before the end of 2014. I’m scheduled for no more and no less than 2 books because I’ve thought for many months in 2013 about the way I schedule and I’m certain that releasing two books at the times I’m releasing them will result in the best products I could possibly release. The goal for these books is also to be longer than the 42,000 words of each Library Series book and to be largely character-driven. For the sake of continuity, I’ll state once again how immensely excited I am about this upcoming series.
  • More Friday updates – There’s no better reward for reaching the end of a week than providing/receiving new information about something you’re excited about and so I’ve been scheduling as many weekly updates as possible regarding new series content. Of course I’m also hugely anti-spoiler so it’s been a tough balancing act between ‘releasing as much as I can’ and ‘not giving away too much’. I think I’m on the right track to finding a good balance and I’ll continue to adjust my current plan to give the reader the best experience possible.
  • More marketing and networking – I’m not the biggest fan of having to sell myself and my works, but no one benefits from me not putting myself out there. In order to reach readers I have to build a platform and display my value to readers and other authors so that we can help one another. In an ideal world I would already have all the fans I need and just market the way I want to, but as of now such methods will get me zero new readers. Like I said, that’s neither fair to you or I so I will take more responsibility when it comes to this in 2014. This goal also includes spending more of my own money so trust me when I say I’ll be thinking very carefully about the different things I may or may not do for 2014 because money only works when you throw it at the right things.

The major thing I need to say following what I’ve written above is: don’t worry that The Orin Chronicles and The Academy: Second Volume don’t feature on this list of goals. I intend to do more with them in 2014, but right now those plans are in flux. These goals above are things I’ve been thinking about and planning for all of 2013 while The Orin Chronicles and The Academy Series were born in my more spontaneous days and so I’m trying to course correct and get those back on track. The problem with that is that I can’t promise anything because I don’t yet know what I’ll be doing with them. Then again, I also want to assure everyone that something will be done with both these series in 2014 so I officially present my bonus goals for 2014.

Bonus Goals

*Release 3 more volumes of The Orin Chronicles

*Release The Academy: Second Volume

Writing Update: Approaching the End of the Year Edition

Only 10 days until the end of the year and I’ve still only written 25% of The Academy: Second Volume. I intend to have a release by the end of the year, but I think at this point I might do a staggered release with the first few stories debuting before the end of the year and the remaining ones being released each Friday during January until the entire thing is completed.

Naturally  this is hardly where I wanted to be, but I’m still writing so I’m happy with that. The last 1/3 of 2013 has been the start of a new journey for me and so I suppose a drop in productivity was unavoidable. How I miss the days of early 2013 when I was releasing volume after volume of The Orin Chronicles and writing the ending to The Library Series.

2014 is going to be an even better year though. I haven’t outright announced it, but for a while The Orin Chronicles page has had a note that the series will resume in 2014. Right now I think that it will be possible to release 3 volumes sometime next year while also debuting my new series which is still planned to be revealed on January 31st. Right now I think they’ll be released monthly in a row, but what those three months will be is something I haven’t decided on. And it probably doesn’t take much guessing from there to assume I’m also planning to release the final 3 volumes in 2015. Ideally I’d like to finish the series as soon as possible and not keep people waiting but then again I’m not sure anyone’s waiting at the moment.

In about a week I’ll post my full 2013 retrospective and then outline my goals for 2014 which will be structured a little differently than they were for 2013 and 2012. I’m very excited for these posts so please look forward to them.

Writing Update: March Progress Edition

Work on the fifth volume of The Orin Chronicles has been going well. I’ve just finished the final edits for the first chapter and I’m very pleased with the results and look forward to the release on Friday. Tomorrow I will most likely post the release details on this blog and the cover on the Google+ page.

I’ve got a lot to do this month, but hopefully once Volume 5 is released I will make some good progress with the final book in the Library Series. In a worst-case scenario it will reach 50% completion by the end of the month. I can’t foresee a worst-case scenario occurring so it will most likely be at least 3/4 completed which will work well with my intent to release it at the end of May.

In other news, I’m thinking a lot about the new series that I’ll be publishing in 2014. It’s too early to say anything, but I’m very conscious of it and I’m looking to use a new writing schedule when it comes time to work on it next year. Until then, I will focus on bringing the Library Series and The Orin Chronicles to a close as well as meeting all of my 2013 goals. It’s looking to be a very good year, so please stay tuned.