Welcome back to my discussion of writing end-of-year posts! Yesterday’s post covered 2010 up to 2014, as a reminder. Today’s post, as you can see from the title, features the plans for 2015. It actually covers a much longer term than a year, but I like the possibility of being flexible. Announcing details of my plans through to 2020 or so would make me feel a little stuck to deliver on them. So I either have to hedge or I’d have to not talk about it. I’m picking option number 2. Maybe next year I’ll feel differently. We’ll see. For now, let me just show you what my 2015 plans are. If you’re not interested in the writing and only care about the blogging, scroll down to ‘2015 in Blogging’.
Like yesterday’s post: this one does not discuss or mention the effects of VATMOSS. I know it’s important, but it’s also the end of the year. (Well, almost.) Let me focus on the positive things.
No, this won’t be a summary list of the books I’ve published this year. I’ve already done that in a nice round-up post with the books my friends published this year. (You can read that here if you’d like to!) This will, however, be a post that looks at the more numbers-oriented part of publishing.
That said and before I get to the meat of things: this post does not discuss or mention the effects of VATMOSS. I know it’s important, but it’s also the end of the year. (Well, almost.) Let me focus on the positive things.
I am a start-up indie author. Notably, I am a start-up indie author who is very bad at self-promotion and made some particularly poor business decisions to start her career off with and who has a limited supply of social spoons and energy. This is important because these facts will help you interpret the numbers I’m going to be bringing up in this post. I’ll also, because I haven’t done a post like this before, be covering 2011, 2012 and 2013 before I get to 2014. I provide these numbers in the hopes of helping out other small-time indie authors just starting out.
This, by the by, is the last warning to anyone offended by a writer not treating their craft as a True Artiste who only cares about the Art and the Being Experienced should. You will be offended if you feel artists and writers should never ever ever discuss finances or the reality of writing and the numbers (some of them anyway) involved in the business side of writing.
Ages upon ages ago (aka 2012), I did a “Year in…” post and I thought it’d be fun to do another. For those not aware, it’s a meme that does the rounds around this time of year and it’s aimed at reflecting back over the past year. Because I’m clearly not procrastinating enough as it stands, I thought I’d make a nice comprehensive list of 2014. It’ll be fun!
Or not. That’s up to you. I had fun, anyway. Normally the meme asks for just the first lines of each month. I also added in commentary and highlights of the year. These are not all positive highlights, but I think most of them end up on the positive side of neutral.
I hope you’ll have fun! (I’ll try and come up with better opening lines next year. >>)
And with the end of the year slowly approaching it is time once more for a discussion of my favourite reads of the year! As you can see the year isn’t over quite yet, so it is theoretically still possible for something on this list to change. I will, however, note that this is unlikely and so I’m going to go ahead and poke at the list. Yay! I’ve been very good and restricted myself to ten items and to one item per author.
This was hard since I wanted to put much everything I’ve read of several authors on the list. MAKING CHOICES IS HARD. I should have just counted authors with multiple books under the author name as one item. But I didn’t because I was good.
To keep the books below the cut in no particular order, I’ve decided to list them all alphabetically. I’ll be giving you the description and, where applicable, a link to my ramblings on them. May you find lovely and enjoyable books through the lists! (I apologise for not going into detail on why books ended up on my favourites list. I plead having too much to do.)
Since most of my friends are indie authors, I thought I’d add a yearly feature wherein I focus on the books my friends have released over the course of the year. I’ve already talked about most of them at some point over the year, but why not mention them again just to increase the potential of exposure.
So below the cut you’ll find a list of books published by my friends. I won’t be excluding traditionally published authors, but I will be excluding individual pieces published on websites and the list. I may also, for any reason, have missed one or two. My apologies about that! Let me know and I’ll give it another post! I didn’t keep track this year since I only recently had the idea to do this.
I’ll also be including my own because, well, self-promotion and all that. ^_^ (I wrote books too! Let me know if they’re things you’d prefer in their own post, though! If enough people want them split off, I know I need to do that next year. ^_^)
I’ve also noted when something is available for free. Authors may have changed this over time. Read More
Let’s just look at Andrus Ansip’s blog post on VATMOSS and the way it completely misses the point, shall we? I’ve never done a post like this before and I hope I never have to feel like doing one again. You can read the whole post without my commentary here. I’ve put Ansip’s blog post in italics because I’ll be going through it line-by-line, but have made no other changes.
This is a post full of rage and snarls at the new legislation. Please do not attack or harrass actual people. It is a post made fairly quickly, with little to no links available to me. It is probably filled with typos because see “post made quickly”. You can read more about the EU VAT changes here. Among many other places.
I am a start-up indie author. I make mistakes and I’m still learning. This is your disclaimer to do additional research on your own. Corrections on faults delivered constructively will be accepted as graciously as circumstances permit.
Tales of the Little Engine is on sale until December 12th. Feather by Feather and Other Stories will be on sale from the 13th to the 20th.
You’ll notice that the first deal has been up a few days already. That leads me to my next bit of news which is a little sadder:
From now until about mid-January I am going on commenting hiatus.
I have an utterly abysmal trackrecord with hiatuses, so don’t be surprised if you see me engaging people, using Twitter, replying to email or popping up on IM services to chat to anyway. I won’t be gone entirely. I’ll just be extremely selective in what I do and do not comment on or engage with. I apologise for any inconvenience.
Posts on Little Lion Lynnet’s will continue to go up as usual. Mostly. I have posts scheduled up to the holidays, most of them are serial novel posts. I will be posting my monthly Sailor Moon Crystal reaction post and I will be doing end-of-year and beginning-of-year posts as I have time to make them. I’ll just also be doing my darnest to focus on everything else I need to be doing. (Such as, um, eat.)
And now I’d best start to get ready for today’s gathering. Wish me luck! The coming week will be nothing but social spoon drain.
And that was November. Wow. Let me remind everyone of what I set out to accomplish.
I Want to Read:
– Some Kind of Fairytale Graham Joyce
– The Second Mango by Shira Glassman
I Want to Write:
– rework at minimum 2 chapters from Space Ghosts
Like October, I deliberately set my goals low. This is, in part, because I knew I’d be semi-participating in NaNoWriMo, because I knew Dragon Age Inquisition and Never Alone were coming out, and because apparently setting my official goals low actively encourages me to blow them out of the water. Kind of. This theory is still being tested. November marks my second data point.
I feel like I cheated on my reading goal. I know I didn’t, but half of the books I read this month were short stories or novellas that I added to the pile this month and since I read those last they’re fresher in my memory.
Writing-wise I did… Well, let me show you how I did because the shiny is shiny-looking.
That’s right! In case you missed it, after almost a decade of trying and failing because I do not have the bleeping energy anymore I have finally conquered NaNo a second time. You can read more about the details here if you’d like to (and haven’t).
I’ll grant I cheated slightly in that I didn’t work on a single project like you’re officially supposed to, but November has been so filled with writing and general writing-related win that I don’t care. I wrote 50K. I get the badge. I also finished two pieces, finally broke past the issue I was having with a third and am on route to finish that, got the companion to The Passage of Pearl going (and then stalled; I know), and got another novella poked at a bit.
Yeah, I wasn’t really supposed to do that last one, but it’ll keep me nice and busy.
Anyway! Squeeing aside next month is December. That month wherein a lot of people are super-busy, myself included. It’s also the first month of Carl’s Sci-Fi Experience. So with that in mind I’ve set myself the following goals.
Keeping in mind that next month is all the busy, super-busy, for a lot of people, including me…
I Want to Read:
– Lightspeed Issue #49: Women Destroy Science Fiction!
– Under Nameless Stars by Christian Schoon
I Want to Write:
– Ribbit Charles Wilson
As you can see this is… not a lot. See the part about busy-super-busy because it’s the end of the year and all the holiday visitations and birthdays and workload increasing at my dayjob.
December will also see the end of the A Promise Broken serial and the start of editing the whole thing up for publication later on in 2015. I hope to add editing the Space Ghosts story to my to-do list as well as well. And, of course, preparations for the sequel to A Promise Broken need to be made because that’s one of my 2015 projects. I’ve got a pretty full plate it feels like, and that’s before considering the holiday commitments that I’m happily pretending don’t exist.
So for new material, I’m intending to take it a little more slowly. December should also see a reduced blogging presence from me. Come January I want to throw the whole posting and blogging schedule I have going around, so while posts will be going up I aim to keep them at a fairly low level while I figure out quite how I want to implement the changes.
So let me know if there are any changes you’d like to see or whether there’s something about the current structure that you’d particularly like to keep!