No, this is not an erotic story post set in a petrol station in a remote location. That comes next month.
It’s a new year so I am NOT making any resolutions. Fuck resolutions. No one holds to them anyway. Instead I have made a determination.
I am determined to publish this year, Ward of the South and other novels, and short stories. To that end, I have already submitted my novel Ward of the South to Angry Robots Books during their open door period which ends at the end of the month (so if you have a novel go check out the details and submit). Failing that, I am squirreling away money to save up for professional services (editor, illustrator, etc, not the questionable type that gets you a happy ending).
I am also relaunching The Writing Debacle podcast and week by week going to chronicle my journey and share my learnings. I had an ambitious goal to interview other writers and talk about writing, but I think I stretched it too far. We all knows what happens when you do that! Instead I will keep it to a more manageable length to spare us all from that pain. And spare me the “that’s what she said” jokes while you’re at it.
So tonight – well my tonight, the evening of January 8th – I shall record and release the new format. One day hopefully I will get back to the originally planned format but I might just hold that off for when I have more time. So keep an eye and ear out for that.
As stated, I have also determined to publish more than the one book this year. Ward of the South was finished a while ago and I have just kept polishing it myself. One might say procrastinated. Sure. I did. But because I knew I could not publish it yet. It needs editing. Meanwhile, since starting the thing in November 2013, I started two other novels. They, conversely, have NOT been finished. So, starting in chronological order, I will finish them. One is The Mechanical Turk, my Ottoman Steampunk adventure. The other is The Enlightened, a supernatural mystery/horror, and then I will move on to one of the plethora – yes I said plethora – of other ideas or perhaps the sequel to Ward of the South.
And let’s not forget the short stories. I have a bunch that I have started and worked on over time in the background, so, sorry, no more freebies for a bit. I will still do some I’m sure, I may even go back to doing some flashing (you lucky devils) but I want to try and sell some and add to the kitty for professional services on writing more novels.
I will talk about everything on the podcast along the way, so do please join in and ask me anything or comment. I will also work to get these episodes transcribed and posted here as blog posts to go with the episodes after they are published, and generally try and blog a bit more regularly.
Alright. So happy 2016 everyone, and I’ll see whomever joins me on the flipside!
Cem Bilici signing off