Fantasy author Hugh B. Long recently posted on the Space Opera: Writers group on Facebook about workloads. How many projects does a writer generally have on their plate at the moment?
Well, for me, it’s constant. There is all the work around publishing and promoting The First One’s Free and its episodes. That takes a lot of work, and I’m constantly finding tweaks that need to be made to covers, text, and back matter.
Then there’s Gimme Shelter. I’m working with my editor on whipping that into shape. But I also need a cover concept, which means I need to learn a couple of new tricks in Photoshop. All this has to come together well before October 5, when episode 1 appears.
But wait! There’s more!
The First One’s Free and Gimme Shelter were written after the novel that spawned the Compact Universe. And I didn’t start looking at that manuscript seriously until last month. So now? I’m going through a hard copy of it with a red pen. It will probably get a couple of rewrites based on the novellas and my own insecurities as a writer before I let Stacy Robinson have it.
But don’t order yet!
No, we’re not throwing in a Garden Weasel or a Pocket Fisherman. (Did I just date myself?)
In addition to the novel, which will be serialized next year, I decided to write not 1, not 2, not 3, but FOUR novellas to go along with it. Now how much would you pay? So while I’m doing all these revisions and publishing, I’m working on the beat sheets for these four and plan to start on one as soon as the sheets are all done.
But that’s not all!!!
In my Jim Winter days, when I had a lot of material to sketch or outline but not ready to write, I spent every morning writing a a rock star’s autobiography that no one will ever read. (Well, maybe two people.) But that’s done. So what now? I decided I’d write a story about a guy who accidentally falls into a wormhole. Whoo hoo! The Martian meets Interstellar!
And yes, there’s more. But none of it serious enough to discuss here. And there are personal things I have to deal with while all this is going on. But it’s like a sweepstakes. You can’t win if you don’t enter. And you can’t sell books you haven’t written.