Posted on July 12, 2012
Thought it might make sense to share with my readers my intentions again. Originally, my goal four years ago was to write a book a year for sixteen years and submit each book to agents until I was snatched up. I still plan to send each new book out to agents, but I no longer want to let the books I finish sit on a shelf waiting for an agent to recognize my ability as a writer. Instead, I will publish the books digitally and attempt to grow a following that way. This allows me to approach my writing career in two directions. Self-publishing is an avenue that is growing in popularity and the stigma is diminishing. From the reviews that are starting to appear for my books on Amazon and Goodreads, I know there's an audience for my books. Landing an agent is still the ultimate goal, but if all I did was chase after them, I fear I would lose my drive to be a writer. Submitting a query when an agent receives 3,000 submissions a month, is daunting. That's why I need another outlet for my work.
Here's my commitment to you: I will keep writing, not one book a year, but two a year for the next sixteen years. You can enjoy them as they come out as digital books and wallow in being the early adopter of a writer who is going to really knock the socks off the rest of the world when they get wind of his creativity and writing chops. I'm talking about me (trying to be humble).
What's up on my schedule:
* Finish NED FIREBREAK by December 2012 (published four months later) By the way, I'm on chapter six of this book and it is really humming along with some great character development and some devilish romance
* Write GRAHAM 3: THE CELESTIAL ACADEMY by May 2013 (published four months later) Wait until you meet Graham's new classmates
* Write THE WRONG DOOR, GIDEON THUMP or NEVERNAUTS by December 2013 (published four months later) Too many ideas, must settle down and choose
Now, if IRVING WISHBUTTON or TURNCOATS truly take off in the next year or so, I'll promptly put their second books into the schedule.
I appreciate each new reader who comes across my work. It truly means a great deal to me that you take the time to enter my worlds and find them worthy of return trips. I promise you that you're getting in early on a writer who is in it for the long haul. I never treat my writing as something that can be easily extinguished. What you are getting is a creator who is passionate, approachable and genuinely sparkly in the creativity department.
Closing note: The next few posts will be devoted to showing off the merits of reading IRVING. From there, I'll be plugging some special details about TURNCOATS, GRAHAM 2 and STOMPER REX. I have all this persuasive enthusiasm for these books that it's high time I get out there and be a proper town crier of my wares.