Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Hello 2019: A Writer And His Plans For The New Year

Well, I guess I haven't posted a thing on this website in about three months. And, to top it off, one year ended and a brand new one has begun. I thought it made sense to finally return to this blog with a new post on the first day of 2019. I'm not sure if it's to strike the right sort of tone for a new year. There are so many possibilities when a full calendar year stretches out before you. Good and bad will likely mingle over the next twelve months as they did with the previous one. Still, I hope the good will outweigh the bad and it will be one of great promise and successes.

So, I welcome 2019 with open arms. I welcome to those who stop by to read what this writer has to say. Stick around as there is much already planned and I might just have a real writerly comeback this year.

But, let me look back on the last half of 2018 for a moment here.

Honestly, I managed to cram quite a bit of writing and publishing work in those five to six months--and some of it isn't finished yet at the time I write this but it will be very soon.

I got back to writing in July and started working on children's book that I've co-written with one of my sons. I'm happy to report that I finished the first complete draft of that book in December. Now, it is entering the editorial phase and I will be working with an artist to commission the cover. Stay tuned for that because I will be sharing it here. I'd add that the plan is to writing at least two more books in what will become series of books aimed at children between the ages of 8 and 12 years, or what is commonly called "middle-grade."

Meanwhile, I am finishing a novel that I started a while back and it will mark the second adult fantasy novel with the same character, so another series continues. I working on that book the second half of December and the work continues into this new year. And that's the thing really, I am focusing on series this year. I've heard again and again that series do perform better and that the more books you have out there the better your chances are in terms of discoverability and in gaining readership overall. (I do spend lots of time studying this since it is crucial as a publisher to focus on what is working in the business.) I will be sharing the cover for that as well when I have it.

I'm excited to get back to writing and I hope I can keep it up and add to my own catalog of titles by year's end. Part of that makes me think of resolutions. We all make them but only a small number of people follow through with the promises they made to themselves for the new year. I hope I can keep a promise to myself.

Here's to a happy new year, friends. Happy 2019!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Project Busyness

Earlier this month I posted about a Kickstarter campaign my company, Founders House Publishing, was running for an upcoming publication called Vintage Worlds: Tales of the Old Solar System. The book is an anthology of retro science fiction stories. I decided to use the crowdfunding platform to raise funds to improve compensation for the authors that have contributed their short stories to the venture. I love the concept of Kickstarter, even with its all-or-nothing funding model. Many different kinds of projects get off the ground, including books and magazines. 

As a bit of an update, I will announce that the Kickstarter for Vintage Worlds officially reached its funding goal--which means we will receive the funds to produce the book, pay the authors, and ship books those who backed the project. I'm excited by this success and am already thinking about launching a subscription drive for MYTHIC: A Quarterly Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine through Kickstarter. 

I've already mentioned elsewhere that MYTHIC seriously needs more subscribers at this point and I've tweaked our Patreon page to make it a portal for subscriptions and as a venue for supporting this creative endeavor. I've done more to streamline the options over on that page. At this point, I have three membership tiers. 

The first one is an ebook-only subscription for $2.00 monthly

The second is a standard paper/ebook subscription with a certain number of benefits. It's $5.00 monthly.

The third tier is a deluxe paper/ebook subscription that added even more benefits/perks for those who become patrons. It's $10.00 monthly.

For MYTHIC to endure I am looking for new ways to promote and new methods to gain the funds necessary to keep it viable. That's an ongoing process, I know. So, I might report on that as time goes on.

On the writing, front I've stepped back into the arena more when it comes to short fiction. Lately, I've been submitting short stories to markets. That's a long-term process with lots of rejection ahead of me. I know that, but I would like to be published by other magazines and establish my writerly reputation in those arenas. (My stories do appear in each issue of MYTHIC, but they aren't counted as sales to professional short fiction markets.)

I'm still making minimal progress on the middle-grade novel I started back in July. I aim to finish it and keep going with new books as time permits. 

That about sums it up for now.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

A New Anthology Coming From Founders House Publishing

Founders House Publishing is set to publish an all-new collection of stories inspired by the worlds of the Old Solar System of sci-fi's golden age. Now, since I've launched a Kickstarter, there is a time limit on this in order for us to get it funded. That's the thing with Kickstarter, after all: It's all or nothing.

I'm very happy with the way the video turned out (thanks Arthur Vibert) and just love the artwork by Matt Forsyth that graces the cover of this wonderful book.

I love this stuff. Love the creativity and the fun of the genre. I like being a publisher too.