I hope today has treated you well.
It’s been a very good day for me, the kind of day I would’ve shared with Mom. Because I finished my 11th novel today.
Dawn of the Sorcerer is finished, and I’m now about half-way through my final read-through for the low-hanging fruit of typos and fixes before I hand it off to my editor.
I have come to realize that I need to add a little bit to the final chapter. There are still a few things left unwritten that shouldn’t be, and I’ll take care of that when I get there in my read-through.
It won’t be my 11th published novel, because I’m not sure when I’ll publish it. Dawn of the Sorcerer and the two books after it go almost hand-in-hand with Series #1 in the shared world I want to create, but I need to write these books first before writing and publishing Series #1.
I know this probably sounds extremely complicated and unclear. I don’t mean for it to be. I’m just trying to maintain a little bit of the surprise surrounding the shared world. I’m really excited to tell these stories, so I don’t want to give anymore away than I absolutely have to.
I’m also trying to get started on another professional goal of mine: the story stockpile.
I would be an idiot to not realize how inconsistent in publishing I’ve been since I started this. I published Awakening in 2018. Then, it was almost a full year before I published Into Vushaar (February, 2019), even though I finished it going into Labor Day weekend of 2018. I published the first three books of Cole & Srexx back-to-back, July through September, of that same year and pretty much vanished until I published Archmagister the following year (2020) with Home Sweet Home a few months behind it. I published Smilodon, Roc, The Fires of Aurelius and Consular Times in 2021 and have not substantially written–let alone published–since Consular Times.
I am not an idiot; I have been wildly inconsistent in my publishing.
And I want to fix that.
Hence… the story stockpile.
The idea is that I develop a stockpile of ready-to-publish stories as I write the current “headliners” like Drakmoor and Primogenitor, so I can start setting up pre-orders for a given year–starting in January–and have the bulk of the series published by December of that same year. Except that the stories being published were actually written anywhere from a year to three years before.
And all the while, I’m here in the background, writing away and maintaining the stockpile.
I don’t believe in “The Muse.” I do believe in the Creative and Critical Voices, and lately, my Creative Voice has cared more about telling Dawn of the Sorcerer than it has Skullkeep or Tempus. But if I had the story stockpile, it wouldn’t matter. My readers wouldn’t be waiting two years for the next book in a given series; it would already be written and up for pre-order.
That’s what I want to work toward.
It won’t be easy. I hope it’ll be fun. I haven’t given up on training myself to write 7,500 words a day or more, so I can “slack off” to 5,500 per day and feel like it’s a vacation.
But that’s what’s going through my mind tonight.
As soon as I hand Dawn off to my awesome editor, I’ll hop back on Skullkeep and Tempus. I’ll be honest, folks; it’s even money as to which one I finish first. But I will finish them next. It’s time and past time, and they’re fun stories to tell.
Alrighty. I’m off to finish my read-through of Dawn. Have fun, and be safe out there.
Hello. Because I am lazy, just found your blog and unwilling to go through all the blogs, I was wondering if you have plans to continue the Smilogenitor Saga. I’ve enjoyed the first three.
I’m working on The Fall of Skullkeep, which is Histories of Drakmoor Volume V, and Tempus, which is Primogenitor Saga #4. I don’t have a release date yet, but once I do, I’ll post it everywhere.