Okay, this is a total total ripoff of Dean Smith’s blog, but our genres are a bit different. But check it out anyway. It’s the least I can do for copying his idea.
Dean’s full time, though, so that’s the big difference. And that genre thing.
I call it Going Indy because that’s what I’m doing. There comes a point where you’re no longer an “aspiring” novelist and you just say, “Let’s do this.” And these days, you don’t have to wait for a publisher.
I’ve written six novels. None published. That’s not unusual. Most authors learn by trying. We get a little better each time. If I had to guess, I’d say 90% give after one book. Some, like me, go through several starts and stops. Finally, there comes a day when we know we can make it happen. We’ve learned enough to sell a book. We keep learning and improving until we write our last word, but we do hit a point where we’re publishable.
That day hit me earlier this year. So I set a date. July 1st. Yes, that’s today. This is the Grand Opening of The Rest of Ron’s Life. Now I write for readers. And I’ll give you my best. In order to track my progress, I’m going to post blogs like this. Every day if possible.
Like I said, I’m writing part-time. Like anyone changing careers, though, we go through a transition where we’re still doing one job, coming home, and working the second. It’s a long day. But there’s nothing good on TV anyway.
So here’s the plan: a book every two months. This is flexible. That’s a pretty lofty goal for a part-timer. Writing 80,000 words in 60 days isn’t terribly difficult. But there’s editing, plotting, and research to be done as well. This means my books will overlap. Plot, write, edit. Three books at a time, each in one of those stages.
I’m cheating a little because Camp Dogs is already written. It’s in edit stage now. I’ve got a line editor picked out and she’ll go through it after I go through two edits myself. My partner, Gina, and my wife help as Alpha Readers. After my editor gets done, I’ll pick out some Beta readers from the people on my mailing list as well as a couple of writerbuds. I’ll have a cover designed and am shooting to release it in November. Camp Dogs is a “partial” YA, meaning that I have an adult protagonist but a teenager as a main character. I love Juli. The next book in that series will be all hers.
I’ve also plotted and outlined a pure YA, Now I Knew You, which I’ll begin writing today. I’m shooting for a January launch.
Plotting begins for my first middle-grade, Scorpion Summer, today as well. I’m really excited about this because it’s historical. Not way-back historical. 1968. I was alive (barely), but I think readers of any age will enjoy it and learn something from it. Scorpion Summer should launch in March.
So there you have it. I’ll need to set a pace of 10,000 words per week or 2,000 per day (I can make up lost time on the weekend).
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