Hello, everybody, I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! I thought I’d write a post about my plans for 2018.
So last year was a bit of a rollercoaster for me jobs wise and was one where I learnt some tough lessons, both about life and writing. Life wise I learnt that we are all just a paycheck or two away from disaster and that if life decides to kick you in the nuts you can’t afford to wallow in self-doubt and give up. Instead, you must keep going and has happened to me in 2017 you will move on to better things. You just have to keep fighting and not give up!
Writing wise I took part in the SPFBO competition along with many of the brightest and most talented fantasy authors in the world of indy publishing. Alas, I didn’t make it through the first round but I did make some great new contacts and hope to try again next year.
I start a new job in January so the vast majority of my time will be focused on that, but in the time I can spare and most weekends I will still be forging ahead with my books. As things are set to become a bit hectic over the coming months I am going to be realistic with you all regarding my works in progress.
I’ve started book 2 in the Unconquered series more times than I can count but so far haven’t found a beginning that I’m happy with. Historical fiction also takes a lot of time up due to research and ensuring that it is as historically accurate as I can be. I’ll be working on this in phases throughout the year but in all honesty, I’m not expecting a first draft to be completed until 2019 at the earliest.
Progress so far – 5%
A first draft of The First Fear is still a few months away from completion, but I am still hoping to get it released sometime in the Spring or early Summer. The bulk of the story has been written and I’m now working on the final quarter of the novel. I’m expecting the first draft to come in at around 100,000 words.
Progress so far – 75%
Sundered Crown Saga book 4
I’ve been planning out the remainder of the saga and have come up with something a bit different for books 4,5 and 6. As the second trilogy is set in a different land to that of the first 3 books I will be introducing a whole new set of characters and a storyline that will tie both trilogies together. Now, I’ve asked other authors about this strategy; some have warned me that doing this may upset my readers whilst others have said go for it. I would love to know what you guys think and I’ve set up a poll on my Facebook page.
Progress so far – 10%