The Insecure Writer's Support Group was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh. December's co-hosts are Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield. Please visit the other blogs!
December's question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what's your plan to get there?
Since the election, I must admit it's hard to imagine what the world will look like in five years, much less my writing career. The status quo is gone, but the world keeps on spinning, and I'll keep on writing. After all, writing is good for my equilibrium and gives me a way to make sense of the world and the people in it.
I do hope to keep publishing too.
Within five years, I'd like to have two author names established (Cherie Reich for YA+ Speculative Fiction and a pen name for adult urban fantasy). I'd like to increase my productivity so I can write at least 6+ novels a year (three books per author name per year). Since I've been writing every day since July 2015, I've been on track to writing 4+ novels a year, so writing more seems doable. I'm also reading books to help with outlining/plotting/character development and increasing my writing productivity (spreadsheets/timer/etc.).
For example, it's my hope to start publishing the rest of The Fate Challenges (Cherie Reich) in 2017 and start publishing Soul Reaper (Pen Name) in 2018. Before the end of 2018, I want to start publishing Cherie Reich's next series (most likely Folding the Future, set in my Paperist world). In 2019, I would publish Pen Name's next series and Cherie's next series, and so on and so forth.
The biggest obstacles to this plan are time and money.
I've done well with making the time for writing, but editing has fallen to the wayside more times than I care to admit. This coming year I hope to change that. Whether it means having a set amount of words/pages to edit a day/week or some other way to keep track, I need to edit my work if I hope to ever publish it.
The biggest costs to publishing I have are cover art and marketing (buying ads). Money, in some ways, is hard to come by even with a full-time job, but I've been putting some money aside to make an investment in my career and business in the coming year. I'll do what I can because I'll need to make money back on my books if I hope to continue publishing them, and the best ways to do those things are to have great covers, to write great books, and to keep publishing.
What are your insecurities this month?
I can't believe it's December already. Where has this year gone?
Last month I wrote nearly 15,000 words in outlines for books 2-5 in my Soul Reaper series. I finished writing A Soul to Reap (#1), which came in at a little over 79,000 words, and am on Chapter 5 of 38 in A Soul to Keep (#2). I continued to help my friend with editing her novella series, but I failed again to get any work done on The Fate Challenges.
My goals for December include:
- Writing at least an hour a day in A Soul to Keep (Soul Reaper #2).
- Editing, formatting, and proofreading my friend's novella series (#4-#6).
- Reading through and making notes on Reborn. To save time, I'm not going to read through and write notes on The Fate Challenges series in its entirety before editing said series. I'll do it as I edit.
What are your goals for December?
2016 Stats: 332,302 words written and 2,109 pages edited
I'm in the process of reading five books. Unfortunately, I haven't finished reading any of them since last Bookworm News, so I have no reviews at this time.
SPECULATIVE FICTION BOOKS
RELEASING IN DECEMBER
Fallen Ashes by T.F. Walsh
A Measure of Gloom by Nicole Zoltack
Mend by Elana Johnson
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
X Dare and the Keys to Nin by PK Hrezo
Deceived by Magic by Jasmine Walt
San Francisco Wolf Pack Box Set by Kristin Miller
Drakon’s Promise by N.J. Walters
Shade Chaser by Clara Coulson
I've turned off comments now since I will be offline from December 21-January 2. I hope everyone has a good holiday. Happy New Year! I'll be back on IWSG day (January 4), and I also have a special post on the Parallels' blog coming up on December 28.