Big plans for 2014

by Doc Coleman on January 22, 2014 · 12 comments

in CapClave, Conventions, Novels, RavenCon, WIP

Life, it has been said, is what happens while you were making other plans. My last post talked about some of the things that life has brought me, recently. This post, is about the other plans I’ve made. Last year, at Balticon, I started what I had termed my “summer project” to get my novel The Perils of Prague ready for publication by the end of the summer. That project did not go off as planned…

Perils has not been published yet. Indeed, I haven’t quite started the third draft, and I still have a collection of beta readers waiting in the wings to offer their comments on that third draft that I haven’t started yet. So what happened? Well, I somewhat naïvely expected that when someone said that they would review my story and give comments, that they would proceed to do that in a reasonable amount of time. One of my alpha readers did that. The others… all got distracted by other things. Their own projects. Those damnably time-wasting day jobs. Families. Silly things like that.

This has proven to be an important lesson to me. I have always heard it said that “a word to the wise is sufficient”. The often unspoken corollary to that is “responsible people need reminders”. Nothing will stop irresponsible people from neglecting their commitments, but responsible people need to be reminded to keep their commitments, because they are usually over-committed. So at the beginning of the year, I started reminding people that they said that they’d give commentary. The results have been very rewarding. I now have four reviewers who are at the half-way point in Perils. I also had two who started… and promptly fizzled. Still, if I can get those four to make it through the rest of the story, I have the potential of having all their reactions in my hands in less than a month. Provided I keep reminding them.

The second draft for Perils went very quickly, as I processed around 4000 words a day. I expect to do the same for the third and forth drafts. This is very important, as I am hoping to get the story finalized by the end of April, and be able to do a book launch for the e-version of the novel at Balticon 48. I’d like to have the Print-On-Demand version available at that time as well, but that might prove to be a little harder. But I have a plan. Now to see how well I can execute it!

Another part of my plan is convention appearances. So far, I have received invitations to take part at RavenCon in April, and Balticon in May. I have also made some inquiries about CapClave in October, but I have not heard anything yet. I would really like to do some pre-publicity at RavenCon, and cap it off with the book launch at Balticon, but so much of that depends on being able to keep to a production schedule in the first part of the year. I really wish I had a manager that I could hand off some of this work to, but all I have for now is just me.

Wait, that isn’t right. I’m the entirety of the management staff, but the alpha readers who have stayed with me are providing some really great feedback for me. I am sure the beta readers will be a great help as well. While I would love to have a manager to keep the wheels moving forwards, I don’t see that happening for several novels. What I really need is someone who does print and e-book layouts and is willing to take part of their fee out of royalty payments until they get fully paid. It would be nice to have an editor who works under a similar arrangement, but I don’t think there is time to bring in an editor and still make a May release schedule. I definitely want an editor for my next book. If you can recommend someone, be sure and drop me a line!

I am digressing. So, 2014. Book Publishing! Con Appearances! What else was there? Podcasting?

That life thing had pretty much messed up my podcasting and voice acting schedule as my regular recording space had been shut down by the need to remodel (i.e. move everything around and change the sound characteristics of the room). I need to put together an acoustic screen to record against and do some tests using that as a portable recording space. If that works, I’m back in business. I need to finish recording my story for the Way of the Gun Anthology. I may actually need to start over from scratch on that, due to the changes in recording space. I also have lines for P. C. Haring’s Slipspace Trilogy. That production has been slowed down a bit due to life events on PC’s side, but I still want to get back to recording before he starts knocking at my door asking for lines.

I would still love to do a full cast podcast of Perils, but we haven’t done anything of that level of production for that big a work. I am tempted to back-burner the podcast for a year and  focus on doing some ACX narration work. Of course, all that really depends on getting things organized and doing work on a regular basis. On all fronts.

So, a lot of exciting stuff ahead. And right now, I am really jazzed to get to work. Keep watching. This year, I am going to make things happen.

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