Note: Usually I keep my blog posts and newsletter separate, but for this year-end wrap-up I’ll be using the same text in both. Just letting you know in case you’re wondering why this is in your inbox twice.
Normally, at the end of a year, I find myself saying “I can’t believe 20XX is over!” However, in the case of 2017, I actually can believe it’s drawing to a close. Only because for me, it’s been more like several years stuffed into one. That sounds like a complaint, but it’s not–far from it.
So much has happened in my life this year that I can barely believe it’s only been twelve months. My goal at the start of 2017 was to become a published author. I didn’t have any clear plans for what to do after that. I think I entertained the notion of growing a beard and becoming a hermit, because I felt so embarrassed about putting my work up for sale. In the end, I decided not to. I’d look terrible with a beard. Plus, to my amazement, people wanted more of my stories, so the hermit lifestyle suddenly seemed a lot less appealing.
At this point, I have three novels and two novelettes published, as well as a web serial. I couldn’t be more grateful for the positive reception to these works. I want to thank all the fellow authors and enthusiastic readers who have responded to my books this year and helped to promote them. You’re wonderful people, and I’m very blessed to have you as friends.
On that note, let’s talk a little about 2018. I’ve already done a blog post about my plans for the new year, but since then I’ve made some minor changes to my scheduling. I also have something exciting to announce at the end, so read the whole thing!
First of all, while working on Beaumont and Beasley Book 4, I’ve come to the conclusion that splitting it into multiple episodes isn’t going to work. I’m just not feeling it. These stories work better in the roughly 60,000-word format I’ve been using up until now. I still intend to use the episodic format for the Blackfire series, since those stories will be shorter. (I think. And I might actually be releasing those all at once, Netflix-style. We'll see.) But instead of breaking up The Thirty-Nine Thieves into chunks, my plan is to simply release it as a single volume, hopefully sometime in late January. I don’t think I’m going to announce a specific release date this time. I’ll make it a surprise. It’s not the standard practice with book launches, but it’s an experiment I’d like to try.
The Clawthorn Rose will be getting a new synopsis soon (as I briefly mentioned in a previous post). The story is still mostly the same as what I had teased originally, but a few of the side characters I came up with in the first draft have been replaced by others. Also, my female main character, Anwen, is refusing to fit into the mold I’d envisioned. I’d planned for her to be like Merida, but instead, she’s turning into a female Shawn Spencer.
Oh well. These things happen.
I'm also weaving in some stuff from that scrapped novella I was working on earlier this year called The War of the Three Bears. I abandoned it because it didn't fit properly into B&B continuity, but I've been lifting characters and concepts from it to use elsewhere. I'm reworking some elements of it to add an “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” twist to The Clawthorn Rose.
I don't know why I tell you these weird, nerdy details. I guess some people might find them interesting. XD
Some of my previously-published works will be released in new editions in 2018. The first three Beaumont and Beasley books will be available in a single volume for people who want to catch up on the series in one fell swoop. The first three B&B Case Files will be published in a single volume too, after I get the third one released. Those are currently only in digital format, but I the collected edition will have a paperback version. Also, Horseman, my Wattpad serial, is now finished (yay!) and will be published on Kindle and paperback once I’ve had a chance to do some minor edits.
Also, I can officially confirm that I will be at Realm Makers 2018!
I had a fantastic time at RM this past year, and I can’t wait to go back. I will be bringing along some books to sign, and promoting whatever new release(s) I have out at that time. Not sure what those will be yet; we’ll have to see. Registration opens February 1. Don't forget to sign up so we can meet in person!
And now for the announcement. In 2018, I will be starting a podcast!
I really love podcasts, and I’ve wanted to do one of my own for a long time. It will revolve around my thoughts on writing, indie publishing, and storytelling in general. My intention is for it to be a practical aid for those trying to break into the field. I’ll be drawing on everything I’ve learned so far (and the stuff I’m continuing to learn) to bring you advice and encouragement in your writing career. Stay tuned for more details on this project!
That’s everything I have to share for now. I’m looking forward to taking my writing to the next level in 2018, and I can’t wait to share more stories with my readers. Once again, thank you all for a wonderful, joy-filled 2017!