I stated in an earlier post that 2014 will be the year of Indie publishing for me, and so far I’m track for that. I put up my first title Voices in the Deepin April after some delay. But I’m back on schedule and just released The Highlight of a Life. The Highlight of a Life represented my first professional level sale (first published in Fiction River), and was featured in the 2014 Campbell Anthology (still available!).
The past two weeks saw a series of firsts for me. First, as you can see from the photo, I received my first proof in the mail. I cannot tell you how very cool it is to hold in my hand. The sense of accomplishment runs deeper than I thought it would. All aspects of this was due to my labor, from writing the story, writing the ad-copy, the cover design (not the art, though), designing the interior. It’s super awesome. I’ve been wavering on what to do with my first copy; I’ve been leaning toward lugging it to the next con I go to and trying to a get famous author to sign it (heh).
These past few weeks saw two major milestones in my budding writing career. The first is the completion of my novelette “Underwater Restorations” in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Showwith some very cool artwork by M. Wayne Miller (in color this time!). It’s a strong issue and I am humbled to share the issue with such great writers. The table of contents is:
I’m inching ever closer to putting up my first title. Over the past few weeks I have designed the covers, interiors, and wrote the blurbs for the all the titles I’m planning on putting up in 2014 and some of 2015. I’m now waiting on some advanced copies to arrive in the mail so I can look them over and make any necessary corrections before starting to publish.
Well, I had said earlier that I would start putting up titles in March, in my mind that meant March 1, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. It’s a bit of a learning curve so far and it’s taking longer than I anticipated. But I’ve made significant progress and should hopefully post my first work by the end of the month or early April. I’m not going to rush, or publish until I’m happy with the product and ready.
My first pro-level fiction sale this past August automatically qualified me for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction and Fantasy. A writer is eligible for the award for two years from the their first sale that paid at least 3 cents a word. As you might expect, that catches a lot of new writers, and the field is crowded.
Earlier last week, the first part of my science fiction novelette Underwater Restorations debuted in Orson Scott Card’sIntergalactic Medicine Show Issue 37. It marks my second professional level sale, and the first time art has accompanied one of my stories. I couldn’t be happier with the illustrations; I think it might be what I most excited about.
I recently decided to shift my blogging schedule to the first and third Saturday of every month. Previous to this, it had been every Saturday. I still, of course, reserve the right to post more than this, but the twice a month will be the minimum number I do.
After much deliberation, I have finally decided on my 2014 writing goals. There was much back-and-forth with myself. In September and October I nearly burned myself out from writing doing too much, so I was mindful of this when setting my goals. I wanted goals that while achievable and would force me to grow, but would avoid that burnout region.