Well, I started writing again last night. I don’t know if the story is engaging enough for me to follow through with it, and as of last night, there was no “spark” of enthusiasm for it, but it’s something.
The goal is to produce, while I’m working a full-time job and will probably need to upgrade my skills from time to time for it, three to four books a year. I know it’s possible to chuck out a manuscript that fast because I just did it.
And that wasn’t trying very hard. If I actually force myself to put fingers on keys, and I learn to ignore the Internet more often, I could probably do something north of 500-1000 words a day in a writing session.
The second part of the session involves going over what I’ve already written. That is, each writing session starts by cleaning up and editing the last session’s work. So, more than 1K during a weeknight isn’t likely. But that’s still 2500 to 5000 words a week, if I don’t have to do that skills upgrading I mentioned earlier (that will eat all free time in the evening). And if I can tack on another 2500-5000 every weekend (not too hard if you force yourself to get busy and write, dangit!), that can be a novel every six to eight weeks.
And that’s if I continue to use the legacy definitions of “novel” of around 80K words. I am working diligently to throw those conventions off my myth-memory, and just tell the story I want to tell. If I can get that to happen, who knows how fast the writing can go? Every month becomes very possible. Lots of folks doing it. Check out KBoards.com.
So, let’s assume one every couple of months, which should amount to six books a year at the pace I set out above. But as we all know, men make plans and God laughs. So, with life getting in the way from time to time, maybe I only do four a year. And then sometimes only three, because reasons. That’s one every four months, give or take, which is two months of writing at the pace above, and another month of finalizing, editing, etc., and another month for breaks in the process. So three to four books a year seems possible. From here. Today.
On the other hand, I still don’t know if I have enough material to carry that schedule. I don’t read a lot, and I don’t read terribly fast. I need to keep the imagination engine running and to do that, I need input. So there’s that. Which, you know, requires time. Which, you know, I don’t have a lot of.
The bad thing about last night’s writing session is, it wasn’t in the current series. I just finished book two in July. It’s probably a good idea to have book one finished before I publish it. So while there are many things left to do to get book two to market – it’s in the hands of a proofreader/copy editor right now, and still needs to be formatted for ebooks and print, then it needs a cover – it cannot be published until book one is complete.
So that’s (finishing) the writing, then sending out to alpha- and beta readers, then to the copy editor (if I choose go that route again, which I’ll decide when I get the manuscript back), then to the formatter (which will cost as well, but I only really need it for the print version because Scrivener can do ebooks mahvelously), and then will need a cover.
Oh, and it will be published – as will all my books going forward, and as the extant ones will be re-published – by my and my wife‘s new “publisher.” We finally committed to it the other night, and my spouse bagged all the email addys and blog sites she could, along with the .com name.
So, nothing Earth-shattering going on, but stuff going on just the same. I started a new product, we’ve taken the first baby steps toward a new business, and we’ve passed off a manuscript to a paid editorial service for the first time ever. Here’s hoping.
If I use a premade cover for the book, it’s going to set me back somewhere in the $110-120 range. If I have a custom cover made, it will be more. Add the cost of the editor and the book is so far upside down, I will likely never recover the costs based on sales I’ve seen so far.
Expensive? Yeah, but not quite as much as woodworking was back in the day. Still, I had to have a heart-to-heart with my Beloved to determine whether we’d go forward, and what the “business plan” will cost at present and for the foreseeable future. She’s cool with it, but we’ll have to make that decision every so often, I imagine.
So anyway, that’s it from here. Hope you’re all doing well, and I’ll see you again soon.