2015 was a good year. At long last, I published my post-apocalyptic science fiction book! (As well as 4 short stories.) I also completed the first draft of a brand new epic fantasy adventure, not set in the Ageless universe. And along the way, I learned a lot, like what it takes to format both an ebook and a print book.
Read on to see what I accomplished in 2015 and what I plan to accomplish in 2016!
Table of Contents
- 2015 Reading Reflections
- 2016 Reading Plans
- 2015 Author Appearances
- 2015 Publishing Reflections
- 2016 Writing Plans
The only convention I made it to last year was ConCarolinas, but it was at a new venue, and I can’t wait to go back this year. That’s probably the only con I’ll make it to in 2016, at least in the early part of the year. If you’re thinking about coming to ConCarolinas, please let me know in the comments below or on social media so we can meet up. And if you have a local con you’d love to see me at, email me about it and let me know!
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2015 Reading Reflections
Goodreads now has this awesome thing, 2015 in Reading. Tap the link to see mine. Goodreads says I read 23 books, when my goal was 20. The truth is, I read fewer than 20 because I didn’t finish several of the ones I started. I’ve learned to move on when a book isn’t holding my interest. I’m looking at you, Seveneves (longest denouement EVER — tap to see my review).
- 19 science fiction and fantasy novels read, total including unfinished
- 8 novels written by female authors (left 1 unfinished)
- 11 novels written by male authors (left 6 unfinished)
- 7 novels left unfinished total
- 9+ indies (left 3 unfinished)
- 1 reread (not listed on my Goodreads list)
- 3 YA novels
- 1 short story
- 4 non-fiction books
- 18 new-to-me authors, 6 by authors I’d read previously
2016 Reading Plans
You can see the books I plan to read in 2016 here, in no particular order. I’m looking forward to reading SO MANY awesome scifi and fantasy books! Here’s a breakdown of my planned 2016 reading list so far:
- Read 3 apocalyptic books written by female authors: The Girl With All The Gifts, Station Eleven, Yesterday’s Kin
- Read a pre-apocalypse book, Conception by Thomas Norwood
- Catch up on recent pop culture scifi with The Martian and Ready Player One
- Catch up on widely known scifi with the first Honor Harrington book and the first of the Vorkosigan Saga
- Read some non-Western genre fiction, Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
- Read some good epic fantasy to inspire me while writing my own, The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee
- 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)
- Inspire me to write more short stories with Invisible (ed. Jim C. Hines), Andre Norton’s shorts, and the 2014 Campbellian Anthology
- Catch up on favorites with Glenda Larke and Elizabeth Bear
- Catch up on friends’ recommendations with Pandemonium and City of Stairs
- Write faster with Chris Fox’s 5,000 Words Per Hour
2015 Author Appearances
I had so much fun at my first ever author appearances, which I’m sure I’ll always remember.
2015 Publishing Reflections
This year I published my first novel ever. The paperback formatting took a bit longer than I expected, so it came out a few weeks later, but I’ll know for next time.
- 596 novel and short story ebooks sold (most at $0.99)
- 493 novel ebooks sold (most at $0.99)
- 52,429 KENP read (Kindle Unlimited borrowed pages), coming to ~55 readers
- 548 total readers of ebooks (KENP divided + novel sales… not including shorts)
- 63 paperbacks sold or given to libraries + 16 in giveaways
- Which comes to about 627 total books… maybe around 450 if you remove friends and family purchases
Not bad for my first year ever! Unfortunately, I don’t expect 2016 to top that, as I probably won’t publish anything new.
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2016 Writing Plans
Since The Last of the Ageless hasn’t paid me back for all I spent on it so far, I don’t have much in the way of funds to publish anything in 2016. This is bad news short-term, as it means I’ll probably lose many of my subscribers. In the long-term, though, it’ll be good news, because in 2017 I’ll publish Books 1 and 2 of my new series almost back-to-back.
Angry Robot Books has an open submission period ending this month, and for the first time, I have a finished manuscript ready to go. So I’m going to polish it up and submit it. Then I’ll proceed on the assumption that it won’t get picked up, and continue on my merry self-publishing way.
Here’s the plan for 2016:
- Jan 30: Finish 1st pass edits on Seasons Book 1
- Jan 31: Send Seasons Book 1 to Angry Robot Books open submissions
- Mid July: Finish Book 2 to inform further edits to Book 1
- August: Assume Angry Robot didn’t pick it up and send Book 1 to beta readers
- October: Finish Book 1 revisions from beta readers and Book 2 first pass edits
- November: Send Book 2 to beta readers and outline Book 3
- December: Wrap up other edits, beta reader revisions to Book 2, etc.
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Previous Related Articles
In reverse chronological order
- 2015 Writing and Publishing Plans
- 2014 Recap and Reflections
- 2014 Reading Retrospective: Year of the Female SFF Author
- Six-Month Checkup: 2014 Edition
- 2014 Writing and Publishing Plans
- Six-Month Checkup: 2013 Edition
- 2013 Writing Goals
- Six-Month Checkup
- 2012 Writing Goals