The year has come to a close, and I definitely think it’s one for me to remember. I learned a lot during the course of this journey so far. So much related to the craft of writing, as well as the publishing and marketing aspects. The good news is that I love learning new things and I love to research. The bad news is well, the same. As long as there is an upper limit on what can be learned about this art/business, I’ll be able to actually be productive eventually.
The three short books that I worked on this year were challenging and fun. I also managed to write just a couple of short stories. That is probably going to be a larger focus in 2019, because while I managed to finish these projects, I’ve gotten fresh ideas for 30 more. A lack of ideas is not something I have to worry about. Additionally, in 2019 I intend to spend more energy in the publishing side of things. A fellow author and I are putting together a publishing company to promote discover of other independent authors like ourselves. We certainly have enough of whatever the big publishing houses are putting out so there’s an opportunity to do something different.
One thing that I definitely think we’ll be doing is hosting a competition, likely for flash fiction, to give writers additional avenues for publication and exposure. We’re considering how the business model will grown and expand over time, but this particular idea seems like a no-brainer. I myself have submitted a few short pieces and found the experience to quite interesting, being forced to think outside the box and play with tropes that I otherwise wouldn’t.
Throughout 2018, I also put together some short summaries of various aspects of the fiction world for the Supers & Sorcery series, and posted them to blog. It’s partly an exercise in putting parts of the premise on display for free public consumption, and partly just a format from which I will eventually collect the bits into a separate publication to be use as reference material for role-playing games.
One of the other projects on the horizon is to write a role-playing game complete with the Cromkhar setting, including a number of short fiction vignettes to help flesh out the flavor of the world. And then package it all up and distribute as a novel-like experience, so that’s a self contained fiction/non-fiction/game-reference book that anyone can pick up and bring back to their gaming group, regardless of whether they’ve read any of the series. I’ve seen this done before with another property and thought it was rather clever. It never went anywhere that I’m aware of, but that isn’t going to deter me. I’ll be doing it for the love of doing it. Whether it becomes the next big thing is not a concern for me.
Another secondary project will be something of a novelty, I believe. A series of short stories that are all independent but also related in some way. I feel it’s been done here and there with some television stuff like Black Mirror, but in this case I want to span multiple genres and time periods so that the reader is unlikely to predict a connection until it’s fully revealed. Anyway, one year down, another fifty to go!