James (elven_wolf) wrote,

Plans, I have them

I've been writing nearly non-stop the past six months. I've finished a novella, Terra Paradox, which is currently in the hands of my lovely editor willow_cabin. I recently started working on part two of that series, Terra Incognita. There will be a lot of action in this one, and we'll get to explore Rae's world a bit more too. As well as, of course, answering whatever questions were not answered in TP.

I'm also working on a side project, titled The Outlaw Duchess, which is meant to be longer, more of an adult novel though should still appeal to younger readers. Even though I like my sex and gore, I tend not to put too much detail of such things in my writing... though that may or may not change as the manuscript develops. I'm never one to censor myself.

My netbook screen is doing strange things. I'm concerned.

Also, as I was trolling around the interwebs as I often do, I got a whole other idea for a short(ish) story, so I kinda put that on the list as well. It's more of a YA tale about a group of high school girls who decide they're vampire hunters. Hilarity ensues. Since my 'short stories' tend to break all kinds of word count limits anyway, I'll probably release this as a standalone.

As of right now, I'm pretty certain of the following things:

Terra Paradox will be self-pubbed, either at the end of 2012 or early 2013, with Terra Incognita (and a third possible one, Terra Nova) at consecutive intervals. My focus right now is working on my backlist. I'm starting to work on marketing plans, but I still need to do a bit more research. Either way, expect big announcements, blog tours, and a contest or two. I need to do it all on the cheap, because I can't afford to get too in the red on this whole project. I need to make some money off of Paradox, for example, to go towards expenses for Incognita. And so forth. That will be the tough part, I think.

The Outlaw Duchess may take a year or more to complete. As a full-length novel, I'm hoping to submit it to a few small presses, and maybe an agent. This may be revisited upon completion, as I may become impatient for people to read it. It's the kind of story that I want people to have, rather than sit around waiting for somebody to deem it worthy of publication.

Therein lies the rub. I want so much for my stories to reach people, but I should also think about how I can make money off of them because writing is a lot of work and publishing has its own expenses, even in the digital age. So we'll see. Anyway, TOD is a story that I have a lot of feelings about. I personally have never read anything quite like it, and while I wouldn't be surprised if something like it has been done, it's a small enough niche that needs filling. The envelopes. Watch me push them.

Some of you may remember Gypsy Fiddle, my novel with all the sorcerers and werewolves and musicians running wild around Harrisburg. I had reached a final scene and then decided it needed tweaking. I don't even remember why any more. It is on the list, I haven't given it up, I just decided I needed some distance from it. Now I fear I may be reaching the point of no return, so I plan to dig up all the versions of it and see if there's anything I can do with it at this point. I haven't any thoughts about publication yet. First I need to fix it.

So that's where I am right now. I have a short story that didn't sell that I want to submit to a couple more queer zines (if you know of any looking for short genre stories, drop a comment). But the above is what I'm focusing on right now. Once it's done, Gypsy Fiddle may be the most 'mainstream' of all of them, so perhaps that would be one for the bigger publishers. We'll see.

There you go, your State of the Wolf address is done.

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