So I decided to conjure up an incentives system for myself. These are things I want to do, but don’t want to get sidetracked.
Current publication count: 5 published (7 after contracted pieces are finished).
At 10 published short stories: Create Facebook author’s page.
My reluctance to do this comes from the fact that Facebook might require more policing than, say, a Twitter account, this blog or an Amazon Author’s page. Besides, I don’t want to create a page when I’ve nothing to offer. At 10, I feel comfortable going forward with it.
At 15 published short stories: Start novel.I have a couple of novel concepts lined up. Granted, I wrote a novella before, but that’s just not going anywhere for a while. It could probably use touch ups anyway. But it would be a good time to start that first novel and really crank out the first few chapters.
At 20 stories published: Write a screenplay.
I’ve always wanted to do this. Mostly as practice for writing a comic book or a short film, but to craft something new and interesting. I might even craft it as some kind of “tie in” or “fan” fiction
(cough The Punisher cough) and simply stash it for later should that company come a-calling. So basically, it would be just for me and no one else.
More to come…
I’m in a possibly curious position.
Here’s what’s going on. A few months back, I mentioned my work being accepted for a couple of anthologies. Due to a few events, Under the Knife and War is Hell will not be released for a while. Although frustrating, there’s nothing I can do but wait it out and continue to write. However, thanks to the Bolthole Writers’ Fair, I’ve gotten four submissions into various publishers, and more are on their way at all times.
It suddenly occurred to me that given the time frame, it could be a blessing or a total curse. It’s certainly possible that anywhere from two to six stories (maybe more) bearing my name could suddenly “explode” onto the scene mid-summer.
If it does occur, it’s neither how I intended nor wanted to. I was hoping to have a gradual build up of my name. Like every other month, a new story comes out. “Oh James, the author of that previous story you liked, just pushed out something new.”
And in terms of sales, I doubt it’s beneficial. Books cost a small amount and take a while to be used. So other books I wrote might be “drowned out” by the onslaught. But on the bright side, it’s not impossible to take the sudden interest in my name and use the momentum towards something bigger and better. But I don’t know what.
If summer sees a spike in new traffic, I’ll have to be ready.