I’m disappointed in myself. I had set a schedule to publish the first three Double Helix books wide before the end of the year. At best I’m going to get two out into the wild.
It’s mostly my fault. I haven’t been spending enough time working on the revisions. Or getting background stuff done. But there have some technical issues too.
There’s some good to go with the bad. I think I’ve figured out a workable schedule for all five books in the series. Considering book five gets its zero draft in November, the original schedule was really pushing it. I’m not sure exactly when Book One will go wide, but once it does, every 45 days another book will be published. Five books over six months with the last book probably coming out in May.
That gives me five to six months to write, revise, edit, and publish Book 5. It should leave me enough time to write some short stories to submit to anthologies. And hopefully to get at leas one other novel length project going and maybe ready to publish in June or July.
Can I publish something every 45 days? If I was starting from scratch, I wouldn’t even try. But Books One, Two, and Three are fully drafted and just need revisions. Book Four is mostly drafted. So basically the hardest, most time intensive part of three and a half books is already done. Basically thirty of each 45 days is already done for the first three books. That gives me leeway for problems and lets me stay ahead. If I do things as planned, each book is actually getting a draft – revise – edit – publish cycle of around five to six months. Much more manageable than 45 days.
Can I do it? I think so, if I’m serious about it and treat my books like a business.
Wish me luck!