This is my page for all upcoming projects and their release dates. The good news is that there are completed drafts of all of the projects I list on this page. I don't set a release date until I've completed a few rounds of editing and I get an idea of how soon I can properly launch the project.
What is included in a project launch? So. Much.
In the event that you would like to know what goes into one of my creative projects, here's the skinny:
Group Projects and Collective Endeavors
The group projects take a lot of coordinating. I personally invite the people that I work with on these, and I base my decisions off of the writers' work. I'm a fan of everyone that I write with. I feel it makes the process easier and it cuts down on the random submission aspect of things.
We go through drafts together and refine the group projects to a point where I feel it is ready for me to take to the next level with my editors. A lot of that part is me riding solo with the editors. I read and reread the project maybe a dozen times and send the project through three to four rounds of professional editing.
The process is seriously time consuming, but it is absolutely worth it.
For the projects I really need help on I will use test readers to gauge everything. Sometimes I just need third party input. Once I read a story for the ninth time, it all starts to blur and I find it difficult to continue to be unbiased in my opinions.
Solo Projects and Lonely Creation
I have found that the group projects are very fulfilling, but also a bit draining. So I like to also do some solo work in between the group project endeavors. Sometimes that's updating the website (this is the third iteration of it, and I'm very proud of this version). Sometimes I work on my photography, or on some graphic design. Something to change up the routines.
Other times, I begin a separate project to tinker with at odd times. That's really where the poetry collection above came from. I wrote some of the poems from ideas that came to me while walking my dogs in the woods behind my house. Those woods are gone now, replaced by homes. My poems are still around, though.
The rest of the poems were written while I was in Afghanistan.
Once the editing is over, it's on to the book formatting stage. That part can take a few days, or a few weeks, depending. If I want the project to reach out to a national level, I have to pay to get the book formatted.
Some projects simply aren't that type of art, though, so I like to also do that bit by myself. I think it's important to continue to learn and teach myself things. That's why I have taught myself how to make this website. It's why I learned how to format books.
It also helps when I pay for someone to help me with the formatting. I can go through their work and see if they got the little bits that some people don't realize really matter when it comes to an immersive book reading experience.
Once the formatting is done, the last thing to do it design the cover. I hate that part. Something about knowing I have to create something artistic makes me feel a huge weight. When I'm doodling or sketching, I can draw for hours and days. When it's for work I have to put a lot of mental effort into it.
I'm also really bad about not completing my work when I'm drawing. I have completed only a handful of drawings throughout my life, even though I've been drawing for roughly twenty years now. Anyways, I buckle down and force myself to complete a cover I can be proud of.
Marketing and When the Real Work Begins
One of the reasons I haven't been posting as many stories to the internet has been because of my marketing research for the upcoming releases.
I have developed a very extensive marketing plan for these bad boys, and the books will be completed roughly four to six months before the launch dates. That's how the professional publishing companies do it, so I figure I'll do the same and launch like the best sellers do.
Feel free to message me and ask me any questions about marketing. I have a rather solid grasp of it at this point. A lot of successful writers will tell you that once your book is done you are just getting started. That's absolutely true.
I learned a lot from the launch of my first book. I'm not going to make those mistakes again.
Sending advanced copies to reviewers and editorial writers, guest blog posts, interviews, the works. It is a lot of work, but the work is worth the efforts.
There's a number of upcoming projects I'm involved in. I'll be posting about those as they come out, and let you all know how all of that stuff is coming along. Some of it isn't set in stone, so I can't talk to much about it. They're all book projects at this point, but some are rather exciting.
As far as individual projects, I have the outline for a novel almost finished and I have a pretty good idea of where I want to go with it.
I also have some rough ideas on a couple of other novels and some future poetry collections. I'm definitely not short on ideas. Quite the opposite.
There's a children's book that I've co-written with a friend of mine. I'm going to try to get that one traditionally published. Well. Maybe. I may not and may just publish it myself because I have some cool ideas about the art for it. We'll see!
I have also co-founded a professional publishing company, which has been a wonderful experience so far. Some of the projects I'm involved with will be done through that. It's called -30- Press and the website is 30Press.com. I'm excited for the adventures I'll be having with the awesome team we've assembled there. Wonderful things are happening.
I'll cut this off here. I hope you enjoyed getting some behind the scenes info. Check out the signups above for the mailing list if you aren't already signed up there for that. It's the best way to get the word on updates, and I'll let everyone know when something big happens.
Have a beautiful day!