Well, we didn’t make it.
Not by a long shot.
But a couple of good things come out of this anyway.
One, everyone who did officially contribute to the failed Kickstarter (all SIX of you) will still get the finished novel! I’ll email you your preferred ebook file type when the time comes. At this point, I’m hoping to have it finished and ready sometime between August and October. (Life still has me in a pretty brutal chokehold at the moment, but I hope to get back to writing at a decent pace by the end of May.)
For you folks, I’ll try to email you via Kickstarter when the time comes. In case that doesn’t work out for some reason, you can tap me on the shoulder at firstname.lastname@example.org with your email address and I’ll get back to you with the book when the time comes.
The second thing to come out of this, strangely, was a big sense of relief. While I certainly would rather have had the funding and popularity of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the dismal failure of it kind of took some weight off my shoulders.
It was like some unseen giant placed a hand on my shoulder and said in a big, deep voice, “Look, dude, you just ain’t that big a deal. You ain’t even a small deal. Relax. No one knows you’re there and no one is waiting for your next book.”
Okay, it sounds more depressing than reassuring if you put it that way, but there’s a positive in there too, I swear. The positive is that any stress or demand I place on myself is just that—only placed by myself. Which means I can chill out and stop being mad at myself for not making more progress faster.
I mean, I WANT to make more progress faster, but life just doesn’t have room for that right now. We are four damn months into the Total Life Transition and it’s still pretty chaotic. We’ve been staying in our new house for less than a week now and still don’t have any of our possessions there. They have finally arrived in Ohio, but we won’t get them for another week and half! No TV or internet there yet either—I’m sitting in a park on a beautiful spring day right now, sucking on some unsecured, invisible ether signal from a nearby business. My new job is busy and my schedule there is still in flux as they struggle to make up for staffing holes. My son is finishing this year at one school and starting next year in a new one (since we’ve moved), we still need to find family physicians to get started on other issues, my wife is going out of the country for a bit, I finally check into and start my Navy Reserves stuff next weekend, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
It’s a fucking merry-go-round that’s spinning out of control and on fire, the wooden horses are trying to buck us off every day with some new unexpected problem that comes up before we can solve yesterday’s new problem, and the evil clown running the thing just keeps laughing and laughing and laughing…!!!
Sorry, didn’t mean to slip into that mess.
Back to the positive thing: Downsizing.
Now I can once again downsize my writing and publishing operation. Focus on what’s important, stop wasting my time on what isn’t working, and get more out of it. Trimming the fat on the 80/20 principle.
So that’s what I’m going to do. Stop being so ambitious in certain directions and focus more on the writing. Basically that means cutting my puny marketing attempts even further, cutting my almost non-existent social media attempts (including blogging), cutting a lot of stuff that really doesn’t matter until you have a body of work that generates a modest fan base. I sell a few books here and there, and people sometimes come back for more, but it’s piecemeal, it’s like chickens scratching and pecking for random corn. There isn’t much point in any of it until I have a big ass mound of corn built up for those chickens to feast on, and to tell their chicken friends about.
I know that “conventional cyber wisdom” (meaning the murmurs of the faceless mob in the last 5 years or so) is that you need to build a platform to get popularity and be noticed. That means being on Goodreads and Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and all these other places, just being there and socializing and getting your “face” out there.
Well shit, fellas, that sounds like a fulltime job to me! When I am supposed to do any writing?
So I’m bucking that cyber-crap and going to living my new life and writing more books. My plan is to make advances through series and give folks a solid line of entertainment to follow. The trouble is deciding which of my many series I have in mind to follow up on first. But cutting out the blathering into the ether (kinda like this post, which most of you have stopped reading by now anyway), I can send that time and those typed words into something more constructive.
And what might that be, you ask?
Okay, diving into Part Two of this very long type-fest:
The Up-Coming Reading Schedule.
I still have an ambitious publishing schedule planned for the rest of 2018. And I’m considering trying to fill a couple more holes so that something new will come out every month for the rest of the year. (Not bad for having no writing time for five months now, eh?)
This is the tentative plan. We’ll see what I can add and what falls off as reality comes to pass. Most are short stories, novelettes, and novellas at this point. The only novel this year will be Deus Ex Machina and Green-Eyed Monster will be a long collection with most of these stories at the end of the year.
April – Kiss of the Maiden. Out now and free of charge!
May – Platypus – up for pre-order now
May – Tarnish as a featured book in a Storybundle bundle, curated by Kevin J. Anderson (big-time SF writer, if you didn’t know)
June – Moondance
July – Hunted
(These lat two might switch places—we’ll see what happens)
Summer issue of Cirsova Magazine – “Littermates” Part 1
August – Deus Ex Machina
(August if I’m lucky. If not, could be SEPT or OCT.)
Sept-Oct – could be DXM, might get another work or two done that have been brewing just so I can hit every month.
Fall issue of Cirsova Magazine – “Littermates” part 2
November – The Proposal – published in Weirdbook magazine, as well as coming out as a single short story from Fugitive Fiction (me).
December – Green-Eyed Monster
Pretty darn good for a big failure who isn’t writing, right? Not too shabby. See, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. 🙂
And almost all of this is already written! So I hope to have whatever is coming out in 2019 well underway by the time January comes around.
But for now, it’s Downsizing, Evil Klown Merry-Go-Round, and keeping to the above publishing schedule.
And, finally, that’s the end of this update and blog post! Thank you for your attention!!!