Given the marathon that was last year, part of me wants to take it easy.
. . . I’m not going to. Not exactly.
I am going to be stricter about adding things to this list (hopefully) but I do know what I want to do this year. So here we go:
- Release ‘On A Knife Point’ in paperback and digital forms and thus complete the ‘Saar’s Legacy’ trilogy
- Complete the release of ‘Dead And Alive, Season One’
- Complete draft of ‘Dead And Alive, Season Two’
- Submit ‘Clash of the Animal Kings’ to agents/small presses/open submission calls
- Outline plans for my traditional fantasy serial (I suppose it’s Wheel of Time-esque), especially to figure out how many novels it will take to tell the tale and how I would release them if I chose to start writing in 2017.
- Outline plans for a new series, following/featuring characters from ‘Dead And Alive’
I’m trying to remind myself of the difference between a serial and a series here. I know I’ve been getting this wrong, but, strictly speaking, ‘Dead And Alive’ is a serial and things like the stories that follow (or Saar’s Legacy) is a series. I must remember that.
^_^ I’ve been chewing on that last goal a lot and I already know that Michael Garran, as a character has a lot of potential. After all, DSB played him for years and years on the RPG site The Ice Wolf Tavern. His emotional state following the events of Date Night, coupled with what he learns about vampires, makes him a brilliant character to follow. My (half-baked) plan is to create a series about this man and his escapades with the paranormal as well as following how he recovers from the physical, emotion and spiritual loss suffered throughout ‘Dead And Alive, Season One’ (and possibly Season Two).
I’ve no idea how far he’ll take me, but when I look at characters like Anita Blake and Vicki Nelson, I know Michael has more than enough flesh on him to pull out at least four full length novels. Then of course Kailah has her own stories to tell as does Diavian.
‘Dead And Alive’ was always intended to be a taster for something bigger. But the fact that I can get so much out of these characters is incredibly encouraging.
Regards ‘Clash of the Animal Kings’ . . . I’m trying to be realistic. I have grand plans for my indie career but I know I need more of a foothold. I need more exposure and I need to be prepared to consider that the weight of a larger publisher at my back might help with that. I fully intend to independently publish as much as possible (I LOVE the control and the freedom) but I need something to tempt an agent or lure in a larger publisher. I’ve decided that ‘Clash of the Animal Kings’ (or whatever I eventually name it) will be the novel I do that with.
So . . . that’s 2016.
*gulp* Bring it on.