2017 Writing Plans
2016 is suddenly over, which means it’s time for ye olde annual post about goals. What awesome stuff did you accomplish this year?
Table of Contents
- 2016 Writing Plans vs. Reality
- A Note About Angry Robot Submissions
- 2017 Writing Plans
- Publishing Plans
- 2016 Reading Plans
- 2017 Reading Plans
- Other Goals
2016 Writing Plans vs. Reality
I have big plans for 2017, but first let’s take a look at what I accomplished in 2016…
- Finish 1st pass edits on Seasons Book 1 — done!
- Send Seasons Book 1 to Angry Robot Books open submissions — done!
- Finish Book 2 to inform further edits to Book 1 — I started writing Book 2, but didn’t finish it before I realized what changes I needed to make to Book 1
- Assume Angry Robot didn’t pick it up and send Book 1 to beta readers — done!
- Finish Book 1 revisions from beta readers and Book 2 first pass edits — still in progress
- Send Book 2 to beta readers and outline Book 3 — now targeting July 2017
- Wrap up other edits, beta reader revisions to Book 2, etc. — now targeting November 2017
A Note About Angry Robot Submissions
For anyone looking to publish with Angry Robot, I highly recommend their open submission periods. Though they said they’d get back to everyone within 6 months (August 1, 2016), that ended up being overly ambitious. I didn’t get my rejection email until October 3, 2016. So if you ever submit through their open door submissions, keep that in mind and be patient.
Long before August I knew they wouldn’t accept it because I’d already started doing HEAVY revisions to the book. The book I pitched them wouldn’t have sold, whether published by them or me. By the time I got their rejection slip, I’d already cut out all the chapters I’d submitted to them thanks to advice from my writing critique partners and beta readers.
It’s not even the same book now. Speaking of which, if you’d like to join me for the final round of beta reading, it starts soon!Join the Beta Readers
2017 Writing Plans
- Jan: Send Book 1 back to beta readers
- Feb: Finish writing Book 2 by March
- March: Final revisions from beta readers on Book 1
- April: Begin first pass editing on Book 2
- May: Send Book 1 to editor
- June: Second draft of Book 2
- July: Edits and final pass of Book 1
- August: Beta reading of Book 2
- September: Revisions from beta readers on Book 2
- October: Send Book 2 back to beta readers & format Book 1 for publishing in January
- November: Final revisions from beta readers on Book 2
- December: Book 2 to editor, begin Book 3 prewriting
Here we go!
Assuming I can accomplish the writing goals I’ve outlined above, here’s the publishing plan:
- Book 1: January 2018
- Book 2: April 2018 or so
- Book 3: Late fall 2018
- Book 4: January 2019
It’s going to test all of my patience not to publish Book 1 any earlier, but I want to release all 4 books fairly close together.
Want to read Book 1 before January 2018?
Become a beta reader to read Book 1 this month, Book 2 in August 2017, and Book 3 earlier in spring 2018. Give me the valuable feedback I need to improve the books before they’re published, and I’ll thank you in the Acknowledgments of both the ebook and the paperback editions!
Join the Beta Readers
Or you can support me on Patreon as part of the Ardent Alliance. For just $1 a month, you’ll get the final ebooks with their final covers earlier than anyone else and all this other great stuff!
- Behind the scenes info about what I’m working on, my writing routine, research behind the writing, and whatever else you’d like to know!
- Trivia, desktop backgrounds, and social media headers of each series
- Fun surveys, polls, and personality quizzes
- Previews of cover concepts and final cover art
- Excerpts of my work in progress (unedited)
- Deleted scenes from my work in progress (unedited)
- Short stories before I officially publish them
- Mobi (Kindle), epub, PDF formats of all final, edited novels before I officially publish them
2016 Reading Plans
- Read 3 apocalyptic books written by female authors: The Girl With All The Gifts, Station Eleven, Yesterday’s Kin — as it turned out, I never bought the middle one, but The Girl With All the Gifts was as amazing as everyone said!
- Read a pre-apocalypse book, Conception by Thomas Norwood — I never finished this one
- Catch up on recent pop culture scifi with The Martian and Ready Player One — The Martian was as awesome as everyone said!
- Catch up on widely known scifi with the first Honor Harrington book and the first of the Vorkosigan Saga — Both of these are classic space operas for a reason
- Read some non-Western genre fiction, Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko — This was definitely worth the read, and offered a different cultural perspective that I highly enjoyed
- Read some good epic fantasy to inspire me while writing my own, The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee — This one had so much potential and was pretty good, but wasn’t as strong as I would’ve liked
- Expand my horizons with Anna Erishkigal’s The Chosen One, Kate Danley’s Maggie for Hire, M.J. Locke’s Up Against It, Karl Schroeder’s Lady of Mazes, China Mieville’s Embassytown, Greg Egan’s Diaspora, Rachel Aaron’s Nice Dragons Finish Last (not my usual genres) — I read most of these, and you can see the reviews on Goodreads, but the one I recommend most from this list is Rachel Aaron’s Nice Dragons Finish Last
- Inspire me to write more short stories with Invisible (ed. Jim C. Hines), Andre Norton’s shorts, and the 2014 Campbellian Anthology — I read some stories from all of these, but shorts just don’t keep my attention, so I didn’t finish any of them
- Catch up on favorites with Glenda Larke and Elizabeth Bear — I’m not sure I read either of these
- Catch up on friends’ recommendations with Pandemonium and City of Stairs — These were good, but didn’t live up to the hype I’d read on Goodreads… maybe I should’ve gone into them with less foreknowledge
- Write faster with Chris Fox’s 5,000 Words Per Hour — I wrote faster, but I didn’t necessarily write more… I’m going to give this another shot next year, but I probably need to write in the evenings, not the mornings
2017 Reading Plans
2017 will be the Year of the Indies! Actually, since I finished most of my 2016 reading early, I started Year of the Indies earlier in 2016 with books by Pauline Ross, L.J. Cohen, C.J. Brightley, Calandra Usher, Mark Gelineau, and John G. Hartness. Many of those are authors I know either in real life or as online friends, and I’m proud of their awesome stories!
Here are some more awesome things I plan to read this year:
- Dark Currents (The Emperor’s Edge Series) by Lindsay Buroker
- Nightingale by David Farland
- The Digital Sea by Thomas K. Carpenter
- Netherwood by Michele Lang
- How to Write, Publish, and Promote Your Book by Derek Murphy
- Road To Shandara (The Safanarion Order #1) by Ken Lozito
- The Book of Deacon by Joseph R. Lallo
- The God Decrees by Mark E.Cooper
- Defender by Robert J. Crane
- Draykon by Charlotte E. English
- Fire & Ice (Icefire Trilogy #1) by Patty Jansen
- Lost City (Tales of Lentari) by Jeffrey M. Poole
- Reversion: The Inevitable Horror (The Portal Arcane Series) by J. Thorn
- California Bones (Daniel Blackland) by Greg Van Eekhout
- Orison by Daniel Swensen
- CyberStorm by Matthew Mather
- The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman
- Impact by Matthew Eliot
- The Tilt by M.A. Robbins
- After the Winter (The Silent Earth) by Mark R. Healy
- Shifting Reality by Patty Jansen
- Bound in Blue by Heather Hamilton-Senter
- Time’s Adversary by J.G. McGovern
Follow along on my 2017 Reading Challenge on Goodreads.
What are your reading plans for 2017? Sign up to get the latest news here. You can even tell me you don’t want to hear from me until Book 1 is out!
And last but not least… In 2016 I suffered from some back and neck issues, mainly due to sitting around at a keyboard all day at my day job and again all night. After being unable to turn my head for a few weeks, I ended up in physical therapy for several months.
So I need to keep at my physical therapy, use my standing desk more often, and do some exercise!
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