Yep, it’s all about me! Me, me, me…
A lot has happened over the last 5 years:
- Writing 5 novels and 75 short stories
- Winning a novel contest in 2009
- Being published by a small press that went out of business
- Running a number of social networks and groups for writers and horror lovers
- Starting up a publishing cooperative
In the process I learned a number of lessons and have become a much better writer and editor. And, like my peers, I’ve been in the middle of the amazing and brutal transformation of the publishing industry. As 2013 has come to a close, I’ve celebrated my triumphs, but found myself retracting from publishing and many egomaniacs who call themselves indie authors. Don’t get me wrong. I have found most of my fellow writers to be amazing people and friends. It’s about 25% of them who need to pull their heads of of their asses.
Anyway, I just need a break from the industry’s insanity. I need to return to my roots and spend 2014 being a writer and only a writer. I realized this when I returned to my critique group back in October. All of my goals for next year are related to writing, editing (my own work) and reading. It’s a pretty strict schedule I’ve set for myself with lots of word count goals to meet.
I haven’t put publishing completely aside next year. It’s about time I re-release Call for Obstruction, so I do plan on self-publishing it early 2014, but I am taking my time re-writing the ending and am in no hurry. Quality over quantity is my motto. Will probably release a couple collections of my flash fiction next year as well. I won’t market until 2015 though. Again, it’s all about the writing.
So there it is. My picture of 2014. Fingers crossed I’ll meet all my goals next year and not all the ones that sneak in and distract me.