The start of the new year is often a time folks resolve to do things, sometimes differently, sometimes new, in the coming year. At the least, it's a time to reflect on where you are now and where you want to go.
Me? Well, I haven't done any real writing for a few years due to being busy with the editing and book design business. But I could have been, and that's nagging at me. I suspect the urge will grow stronger.
It may be temporarily satisfied by a need to "renew" my writing book, Flogging the Quill, Crafting a Novel that Sells. I published the book in the traditional fashion, printing up a bunch of copies and warehouseing and distributing them. But I'm down to my last case of books--they'll be used to sell at writers conferences (coming up in February is doing two workshops at the San Miguel Writer's Conference in Mexico--I'm excited) and to supply the Amazon.com sales chain.
But I think I'm going to do some radical changes for the book. For one thing, the physical size. It's currently workbook-sized, 8 1/2" by 11". A number of people like the open feeling of the book, though a recent Amazon reviewer knocked it down a star because of the size--they would have given it 5 stars but it looked out of place on their shelf of writing books. Can't please everyone.
But, while sales have been good for a self-published book, I wonder if the title is strong enough. The title comes from the blog, of course, and was intended to capitalize on whatever branding my platform has created. On the other hand, it doesn't telegraph a benefit and, for those who don't get it, much about writing.
New formats: This time, instead of investing dollars I don't have to print up a bunch of books I'll go print on demand in a new, more usual 6" by 9" trade paperback edition, and I'll do ebook versions for Kindle and epub. That may make it more accessible to readers and help with sales.
New title, new cover: to the right is a draft of a new cover with a new title. Nothing is set yet, but I'd appreciate your thoughts on what's here.
Although that will satisfy the creative itch for a while, I know I'll have to give it a good scratch with a new novel, though I have no idea where to go. I have notes for a sequel to The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles, but am not sure I want to invest the time and energy. I'm taking a serious look at publishing another novel with a new title and rewrite, but that's not really new. I've grown interested in YA dystopian fiction and am drawn to that--over the holiday I read the Divergent series and though it was both remarkable and well written.
On the other hand, I'm drawn (pun intended) to do something harder and fresher for me, a graphic novel based on this character from a previous comic strip attempt.
My Wordzzle game. It doesn't look like it's going to achieve Kickstarter funding (only 5 days to go), but I've gotten enough feedback to believe that it could be truly useful to teachers and have a niche educational market that could expand to home and family fun. I hope to find another way to finance a first printing and marketing. It really is a fun game to play.
What about you? Plans? Resolutions?
Enough about me, how about letting me know what you'll be doing, writing-wise, in 2014 in the comments section.
To all writers I wish a productive and satisfying new year.
All the best,