I’ve been pretty quiet lately, and if you’ve even been to the blog, you may have noticed that the progress bar hasn’t moved at all for quite some time. I wish I could say that I was just too busy writing to update the site, but unfortunately, I’ve been slacking off. I got a nasty cold, which halted my progress for a few days, and after that, I just haven’t been able to get back into the swing.
However, during that time of not-writing, I did some thinking and came up with a new strategy for the next book. I had already split the book into three parts, which mostly stood alone, so I decided to take that split a bit further and actually create three separate books. This does a couple of things: First, I think the books will hold up better. I wasn’t totally happy with how I had plotted the book as a whole; each part already felt somewhat separate. And even though there was an overall arc that tied them together, I’m not sure it was good enough for a single book. Now, each book will have its own major plot point, and the third one will tie them all together in a better fashion (I hope).
Second, it will let me get three books out in a shorter time, which should help my sales somewhat. Everything I’ve read about self-publishing indicates that having multiple titles really helps. Now instead of having two books out by next year sometime, I should have four. That’s assuming I can my focus back and get all three books done in a reasonable amount of time.
Speaking of timing, my original goal for the book had been to get a first draft done by the end of the year. This is looking less likely, even with the shorter goal of “only” 75,000 words for the first book. I’m just not getting as much time to work on this as I had hoped to. I’m still going to try, though; it would be a good goal to reach.
Anyway, I’ve also updated the progress bar in the left column of the blog to show progress on all three books, and on the trilogy as a whole. I will try to keep it up to date as I make progress over the coming months. I’ll also try to update this blog more often, since I’ve been slacking in that area as well.