I can’t believe the year is already halfway through! I’ve got some news to report about The Ageless, my post-apocalyptic futuristic sci-fi with fantasy elements, as well as the new novel I’ve only just begun.
The Ageless: Beta Readers
Crushed Ideas (Broken by aunullah on Flickr)
Not long after I created the Gantt chart I mentioned in my 2014 Writing and Publishing Plans post, I decided what I really wanted to do was to break up my beta readers into two groups. I had enough volunteers (~20) that I thought it would be better to do two rounds. Namely because I didn’t want 10 or so people all telling me the same problems.
I thought by breaking it into two groups I’d be able to get feedback from one group, make revisions, and then send it to the next group to find out if I’d improved it. Continue reading
Due to a certain wedding and honeymoon, I got a little behind on The Ageless, my post-apocalyptic novel with fantasy elements. But my writing is back on track now.
I’d planned to jump back to 4 sessions a week after the wedding, but I’ve actually been fitting in 5 writing sessions a week!
As for 2013 word counts, since most of the year was review and revisions, I only wrote about 50,000 words. That doesn’t count a lot of in-line revisions, but it does count entire scene rewrites (e.g. if switching POV).
You can follow along with my progress on my writing calendar.
I finished my review of The Ageless, and am deep into rewrites. I had hoped to finish them by February, but now it looks like it’ll be closer to the end of February or mid to late March.
In December 2013, I completed a business plan for Worldbinding, based on an episode of the Rocking Self-Publishing podcast. I think it’ll help make my goals clearer in times of uncertainty.
Now, let’s talk about 2014.
2014 Writing and Publishing Goals
In order to better predict when I’ll be ready to publish The Ageless and The Century, I started used a Gantt chart in Google Drive. It’s really helped illuminate how unrealistically optimistic I was being about my publishing dates.
For instance, I thought that I’d be able to publish The Ageless in late 2014. But finding a cover designer, developmental editor, copy editor, proofreader, and formatter will take time, working with them will take time, and putting it all together will take time. Which I’d not fully considered. With a Gantt chart, you can really see how dependent upon one another all these tasks are.
I’m now focusing on the following goals:
Complete Pass 1 and Pass 2 revisions to The Ageless and hand it off to beta readers by late February to late March
Finish incorporating feedback from alpha and beta readers and submit to my future developmental editor by mid June
Finish incorporating feedback from my editor and submit to my future copy editor by mid August
Finish incorporating copy edits and submit to my future proofreader by mid September
Submit concept ideas to my future cover designer by mid September
Review proofreader’s changes and submit to my future interior formatter by mid October
Receive first draft and send feedback of cover by mid October
Compare and choose final cover by early November
Give cover designer final page count for spine width, give formatter digital cover for ebook, other administrative stuff, upload to Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, CreateSpace, etc.
Release around the first of the year, 2015.
And while The Ageless is away with other people (beta readers, editors, etc.), I can be working on Pass 1 revisions to The Century.