As you’re reading this post, let your eyes drift slightly to the right. You’ll see, under Redemption’s Good Reads widget, a new sidebar section called Work in Progress. With this handy dandy little widget, I can track my progress on my latest project, my third book which is tentatively entitled Impressions.
Do you see the teeny tiny band of blue? That would be how many words I’m into the project–only a few over 1,500. I’m guessimating this story should clock in at around 75,000 words, somewhere between Redemption, which is right around 101,000 and Out of the Ashes, my second book (due out in August), which is currently (prior to feedback from its editor) at approximately 53,000 words.
This is not my proudest moment as an indie writer. Let me be very clear, it’s rare a day goes by that I don’t do something tied to my fledgling writing career. I guess I just didn’t realize how much time the stuff that supports the writing actually takes. It’s often hard to fit in writing something new.
Josh Lanyon, the fabulous and prolific writer of gay fiction, recently blogged on this topic. He talked about balancing art with business and how he, and writers like him, are actually small business owners. Now, Josh has a heck of a lot more irons in the fire than I do. Not only does he have more than 60 times the titles I have (literally–Good Reads lists for him 66 distinct works), his career is at a point where he has initiatives he’s taking on that I’m in no way ready to even think about–audio books, translation rights, and the like.
I’ll confess–I kind of like the business side of things (which I suspect is part of my time management problem). But it’s time consuming. Last night, I spent four hours browsing through stock imagery, looking for a picture to use for Ashes’ cover (observation: one person’s “handsome, sexy, shirtless man” is not everyone’s “handsome, sexy, shirtless man”–sometimes keywords are not our friends). That’s on top of working a regular job that routinely has me leaving the house at 8:30am and getting home between 6:30 and 7:00pm.
These aren’t excuses, per se, more just an explanation. I’m behind on my writing. Way behind. What I’d wanted to do was release Redemption in April, Ashes in August and Impressions in December. I don’t know if that’s going to happen now. I’m still going to aim for a December release date But anything being released for general consumption needs to be polished and complete. I don’t want to publish something before I feel it’s ready. That’s one of the advantages of being an indie writer–I get to set the deadlines.
Still, I’m making every effort to push that little blue bar further along. I leave town next Tuesday for 12 days–six spent visiting family, six spent working. My trusty computer will be coming with me. I’ve set a goal of writing 5,000 words per week. That seems doable. I might even be able to go over every once and awhile. In July, I’m taking a week and going to the Seychelles Islands. While I plan to spend significant time, lying around the pool with a frosty beverage, I also plan to spend a fair chunk of time each day working on my book. I’ll have no dog, no cat, no office, no TV (okay, there will be TV, but I won’t watch it!)–no excuses.
Who knows? Maybe December isn’t so impossible after all.
Keep an eye on the blue bar.