TAKING STOCK OF THIS WRITING THING
Posted on December 25, 2013
September 2011 saw me releasing my first e-book, Graham the Gargoyle. Two and a half years later, I have fifteen books out under my real name and one under a penname. Creatively, I am ecstatic over how much I have gotten done. Each book has been rewarding and pushed me forward as a writer.
2013 was the year where I have gained the most in my writing. My narrative awareness and editing prowess really expanded and the drive to continue forward with projects remains ever so high.
2014 looks to be an important year as I continue with four series, delivering second books for Irving, Turncoats, and Monsters in Boxers. I also will be putting out a fourth book of Graham and a companion book to the Graham series featuring the Flying Mummy.
Sales are consistent but not spectacular. I love the reviews out there for my work but wish there were more people talking about my projects. The blame for that falls squarely on my shoulders. I detest promoting myself and keep avoiding any major marketing. I am starting to tool around with that this year, having plans to really push Graham and Turncoats to see if I can attract more readers with each series.
The Graham series has really shown me what I can do with a property. It has evolved from a cute little tale of overcoming one's fears to a massive tour of a magical realm and one young gargoyle's coming of age in said chaotic realm.
I have always been a long-term person and told myself I would dive into writing with a fifteen year deadline. My feeling is that building an audience will take time and that four years from now when Graham is up to his eight book, Irving and Turncoats are complete, and several new properties have launched, I will look back at the first few years as incredibly rewarding and not dwell on my obscurity.
For those of you around right now, supporting my efforts, thank you so much. I aim to keep pleasing you along with myself for years to come.