2020 ends today. I know for a lot of people, 2020 was the worst year EVER. I look at it differently. Yes, 2020 was extremely trying. I experienced trials more difficult that I’d ever confronted, but I got through them. And getting through those trials produced in me skills and strength that I didn’t have before. Not only that, but I learned a lot about writing and editing, which gave me the confidence to move forward with my plan to self publish my books. More importantly, 2020 brought me closer to my wife, my children, and my God.
I submitted the audiobook for Silenced on November 24. By a happy coincidence, it became available yesterday. I immediately started an offer to give away the ebook for free for 5 days (the longest amount of time Amazon will allow me to give it away). My journey to release Silenced into the world comes to an end.
Today, I finally put the finishing touches on Not A Prophet, book 3 of Not A Trilogy. This book took me a lot longer than I had originally planned because there was an element of the story that I never felt right about. I finally nailed that down a couple weeks ago, and once all the hubbub of Thanksgiving and Christmas died down, I polished it off. The plan is to wait until right after midnight tonight to submit it to Amazon. Usually, it only take 6 – 12 hours or so to be approved and appear on the website, but I don’t know how it being New Years Day will affect that roll out. Either way, I’ll update my website and social media accounts with links as soon as I see it is available.
Moving forward, I’d like you let you know my plans for Not A Trilogy. I wrote Not A Hero four years ago. I’ve grown a lot since then, and I’m sure you’ll be able to see a difference between the quality in Not A Hero and Not A Prophet. I plan on, eventually, going back and editing both books one and two, but not for some time. My intentions are to move forward right now, and spending time on those two books feels like looking backward. At the same time, I want to produce the best product for my readers as possible, so here’s the plan. I’m going to finish the series with book four, Not Ashamed at some point in 2021. That will most likely be after I publish the first books of two new series. I also plan on writing a short story dealing with new characters in Not A Prophet and what happened to them right before they appear on scene. These new characters really intrigue me and this story should be a lot of fun. After that, I want to move forward with my new projects. The first new series has seven books, and the other new series has five books. That’s a good two years worth of work right there, and I have other stories I’ve been itching to write, some of them for years now. When I approach the ten year anniversary of Not A Hero, I’ll go back and rewrite books one and two, create audiobooks for the whole series, commission new cover art, the whole works. (My guess is that will coincide with returning to that world to do a companion series with some crossover characters.)
2021 is about to start. As far as my books go, this will be an exciting year for me. I’m starting my goal of 5 – 7 books a year this year. I expect that it will start out rough as I learn the skills I need to write that quickly with the same quality, but again, I’m really excited about it.
With Not a Prophet done, the next project is Shattered Window, book one of Through A Window Darkly. I’ve already written a couple drafts of this book, but now I’m going to go back over it with all the things I’ve learned this year. At one point in 2020, someone in my writing group asked a question along the lines of what project gives me the most enjoyment. The idea is that if you write what you really enjoy, then you’ll write better and faster. Without hesitation, this book and its main character, Window, are the most fun I’ve ever had writing. Once I finish the first book in the other new series and Not Ashamed, I plan on returning to Through A Window Darkly and finishing it as quickly as I can.
Of course, we all know what happened to our 2020 New Years Resolutions. Who knows what new trials 2021 will throw at us? So, I’m not above amending my todo list to accommodate life (or a surprise book here or there).
Here’s to making 2021 the most productive year ever.