Way back when in June I explained that I was working on a prequel for the simple reason that it filled in a narrative gap and allowed my work to be split into a much neater trilogy. As the months rolled on I’ve been hard at work getting it drafted before sending it out to the Chosen Few for test reading.
That point, delayed by working once more for the local Council, is getting ever so tantalisingly close now.
For me, this book has become a zero point, a sort of literary fulcrum that turns the corner on the past two decades of material that I’ve accumulated. All the character, plot lines and world building that has taken place in my imagination now lie as sketches along a path that I’m about to return down. There is no need to create anything new, it’s all there just waiting to be worked through.
So, forward and ever forward, returning as it were.
A similar sense came from finishing my work with the Council. I hated doing it, found it stressful but the money was a necessity. However, finishing was itself a similar feeling of something changing, that now this was over it was time to move on with my career. Now, I’ve never really been career minded, and that was perhaps a side effect of never working anywhere I thought was worth my time, but now I find that as I push to define myself as a writer I have come to think of it as a career. Importantly, the dilemma of how I go about bringing my work to the marketplace was spurred on by a video that I watched recently, and which in turn reminded me that one of the reasons I started blogging about what I was doing was to create an online presence.
With all my time spent working on the book, for the Council and other affairs I have only scratched the surface of how to proceed. What panicked me in this video was the idea that it might take four/five years to get published. So the question then became, if I self publish and I’ve got plenty of work then how far can I get on my own in that time. I could probably have published the whole trilogy in that time.
It was worth thinking about even though once I started watching other videos it might only be six months before a book gets published. You can’t tell until you start submitting, and suffice to say there are plenty of videos on Youtube all about it.
For the time being I’ll focus on finished, then we can talk about writing submissions – it’s going to be fun, doing all those things like writing your bio and your pitch.
So I hope you’ll stick with me and I’ll try to be a little more consistent with the blogging.