But let’s leave that aside and talk about my intentions for the new year.
Last year I set my goal too ambitiously and I ended up burning myself out trying to reach it. I still managed to produce a respectable body of work for the year. Both in terms of quantity and quality, I think it was my best year as a writer so far.
This year I am going to halve last year’s goal–I am aiming for two stories a month, semiweekly instead of weekly. I made that for December, so I’m on track.
I also want to publish three short fiction collections in 2020. I have two already in the works, one Hard Science Fiction, and one Dark Fantasy, with two different presses. They each contain a mix of previously published and new material. I have several stories that would fit the general category of Horror, if I build on that I should have my third. Once I have it fleshed out a bit more I’ll shop it to another small press.
Moving past myself and into the Indie Genre Press Community as a whole, I see some very exciting things happening. Individual projects have come and gone, some doing well, some not so good, but the upshot of all this experimentation is that a shared knowledge base is growing. At the start of the decade we were all more or less flailing around, with predictable results.
Now, though, we have a growing body of experienced editors and publishers who are pooling their know-how. We are learning, often at the cost of not just money lost, but blood, sweat, toil and tears.
No matter what happens with my career as an author, or the fortunes of the editors it has been my privilege to work with, the landscape has changed. It’s a new game, with new rules. The get-rich-quick jokers are moving on to new scams, what remains are those of us who are in it for the long haul.
The future is going to belong to the folks who are willing and able to do the hard work of building it, and God willing, I intend to be one of them.