It’s been a while since I posted anything, so I thought that it was time for an update on what I’ve been working on, both in terms of actual writing and all the miscellaneous things around it.
I’d hoped to finish drafting the final book of the series by the end of December. Progress ground to a halt at around the 40,000 word mark in the middle of the month, stalled by a combination of plot problems, holiday frenzy, and writerly insecurity as I waited for feedback on an earlier part of the story. I shrank it down, printed it out, and taped it up on the wall, where it remains to this day.
In January I re-revised Defenders yet again. It is now out with beta readers and I’m working on revisions to the penultimate book in the series which have been proceeding slowly (a rate of about one chapter a week). Meanwhile I’ve been teaching a local community education class about self-publishing, which has been interesting but distracting. I also moved all of my books into Kindle Select and planned some promotional campaigns, re-designed my website, and did a lot of thinking about my writing career as a whole and where I want it to go.
I sat down and looked at the careers of some authors I like. None of them wrote more than two books a year, on average, and many seem to go about 2-3 years between releases. I’ve done this before, but in my online writing circles it often seems like everyone is talking about WritingFasterBetterMakeMoreMoneyFaster, and I just need another perspective, a longer-term perspective. I can’t say for sure what I’m going to be working on once I finish this series, but whatever it is, I’m pretty sure I’m going to stay far away from the book-a-month club (see this thread and this one, too).
I may be posting a short-story prequel to Defenders soon.