How was everybody’s New Year? Did you make some goals for 2015? I know I did and I’ve been working hard to try and keep them.
Let’s start the New Year with a bit of news. Cohesion Press will release SNAFU: Wolves at the Door on January 27. That’s only three weeks away. You can already add it on Goodreads or pre-order it on Amazon if you like. I can’t say enough good things about the folks at Cohesion. Each new release is better than the last. Amanda J. Spedding in particular, who edited my short story, was instrumental in getting the most out of my characters. I can’t wait for you guys to get your hands on this anthology. It features a novella by James A. Moore so you can’t go wrong there.
If you’ve been reading this blog then you know one of my goals is to finish two novels in 2015. Well, we’re five days in and I’ve already managed 7,000 words (for a total of 12,000) on a supernatural thriller which I’m calling THE BLACK SACRAMENT. I know, I can hear some of you ask, “But what about MISTS?” I decided to tackle the tougher project first. Let’s face it, MISTS already has a solid 29,000 words. It’s a third of the way done. I’ll get to it, hopefully, around summertime. What I can share with all of you is that I’m excited about these characters, stories, and books. The Black Gate Trilogy centers more on plot and action, while The Black Sacrament relies more on character and tension. It makes writing a bit more of a challenge for me. I really have to stop and put myself in each character’s shoes, to understand why they would do something, or think and react in certain ways.
I’ll try to share a little more detail about The Black Sacrament as the word count rises. For now you’ll just have to be patient.
In anthology news, I have a couple more stories under consideration for a couple of top notch anthologies. Being short listed and the possibility of appearing alongside award winning authors would be a great, and humbling, honor for me at this point in my career. The stories have been written. The editors have had them. All I can do now is wait.
Between Shadows and Darkness remains with my agent. Still have no word on what’s going on there. Again, all I can do is wait. For all you up and coming writers out there, I hope you notice the waiting trend. Publishing can be slow. As writers and authors we must move onto the next project while we wait. If things stall with my Black Gate Trilogy then I’ll have The Black Sacrament and Mists to shop around. When I finish The Black Sacrament and Mists, I already have plans for the next book. It’s a never ending cycle of writing and waiting. We must find a way to keep moving forward, even when we may not want to. The more material you have to submit, the better.
It looks like 2015 will be the year my career gets rolling. I subbed a boatload of short stories in 2014 and most of that hard work will show up this year. Wolves at the Door will be the third anthology my work appears in and the first of 2015. My resume is slowly building. And with each new release, my writing skills improve. The pressure is on to get my books out into the world. Even though it may not seem like it, I’ve been busting my ass behind the scenes creating the kind of grand-in-scope stories I love. Like Tallahassee from Zombieland said so eloquently, “Time to nut up or shut up.” I’m pushing all my chips to the center of the table. I’m all-in for 2015. Are you?