I’m currently in Winnipeg, a city where people tell you it’s balmy when it’s -15 degrees Celsius.
I’m thinking about 2011, my sophomore year. My two previous books were both written before I knew about ebook publishing, and both were books that I tried, unsuccessfully, to get publishing through traditional presses. In 2011, I’m not even trying to do that. I won’t send out a single query letter. I won’t write up a single synopsis. I won’t wait expectantly for the mail every day, for month, awaiting the eventual rejection letter. I won’t mail out a single manuscript or excerpt. As expensive as KindleNationDaily daily sponsorship may seem, $80 is what it costs to mail out just a few complete manuscripts. Those are things I will not miss.
I hope to release two books next year, the first being a new choose your own adventure book, co-written by Daniel Pitts. We’ll be done the draft in a couple of weeks, and the release date is already set for April 30th, 2011. I have both KND sponsorship and KindleBoards Banner Ad scheduled for that day, and the plan is to have them promote the grand release of the new book. Considering I want to have the month of April to send out advance copies, that gives us two and a half months to thoroughly edit. It should be enough time, and the deadline has definitely motivated us both not to slack. It’s all self-imposed, of course, but it keeps us working, and I think when self-publishing, these self-imposes deadlines ares important. I’m very excited about this, the prospect of building up some hype, creating a proper release for a book.
I also hope to release another solo-work next year, but I’m working on it more slowly and right now am focused on “The Redemption of Mr. Sturlubok.” I hope to release it, tentatively titled, “A Dream Apart,” in the summer.
In the late winter I’ll detail my plans for releasing “The Redemption…” and I will be offering free copies to people. So, if you liked Whatley Tupper, and you’re actually reading this blog, well, keep checking this site… all four of you.