Thursday, May 26, 2016

Put It Out There

How many books should a writer write in 1 year?


Less than 1?

More than 1?

One indie author I know comes to mind; this person writes 6 to 8 books per year.

The books this person writes are good books. The books written by this person sell well and receive good reviews.

This person writes full-time.

That's how this person is able to produce 6 to 8 novels in a year. It's roughly a book every 6 to 8 weeks.

Some people would say this is too many; that the quality must be poor. Not so, apparently, given the quantity of books sold, overall high praise, and career advancement. And money earned. And let's face it, that's a good thing. But for now, let's remain focused on productivity.

I've written 5 novels in the past 12 months, with publishing beginning next month. And I have 6 more in development, open, right now, at this very moment, in Word, nearly ready for the first draft to begin.

Other writers I know (or know of, mostly through social media and not personally), write far less than 6 to 8 books per year. It's more like a book every 3 to 4 years. Or never. Zero books. Because all they do is write; they're always writing, always editing, always polishing, always starting new projects, new novels, and always perpetually hoping to make it as a writer; but they never actually finish something, slap a cover on it, and put it out there.

And you have to put it out there.

No matter what it is.

You have to share it.

That's the point.

But what if no one knows who you are because they've never heard of you because they've never read your work because you've never put your work out there?

So put your work out there.

If you've already put your work out there, bravo; kudos; well done; continue to do so.

If you've not yet put your work out there, take a moment to consider why this is.

And then forget about all of that, be courageous, set a deadline, work backwards to create a production schedule timeline daily word count to figure out how many words you must write and/or edit in order to meet your target date, and then do it.

Get it done.

And then move on.

Don't worry about perfection.

It's doesn't exist.

It's better to do as well as you can on your current WiP with whatever knowledge and ability you have now in order to complete your project so you may move on to the next project.

Think about all the cool stories you want to tell. That's exciting, right?

You can't move on until you've completed what you're doing now.

Focus on the thrill of creation, of telling the story, and moving on. (Don't focus on sales or reviews or money or comments; doing so will sow insecurity, doubt, and hesitation.)

The only way to get better is by doing.

Not by theorizing. Not by observing. Not by contemplating.

But by doing.

So get going.

Be inspired.

Have fun.

Love what you do.

Tell your story.

And then put it out there.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Story Collection Storybundle Is Live May 11 through June 2!

What I Didn't See: Stories by Karen Joy Fowler
The collection won the World Fantasy Award and the title story won the Nebula. Fowler wrote The Jane Austen Book Club, a New York Times Bestseller made into a film, and won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner for We are all completely beside ourselves.

The Green Leopard Plague and Other Stories by Walter Jon Williams
Two stories in this collection won the Nebula Award. Williams was a Philip K Dick Award Finalist and placed numerous times for the Nebula and Hugo Awards.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories by Lisa Mason
The collection received five stars from the San Francisco Review of Books. Mason was a Philip K Dick Award Finalist and New York Times Notable Book Author. Mason’s OMNI story, “Tomorrow’s Child,” sold outright to Universal Studios.

Collected Stories by Lewis Shiner
The collection is an ebook exclusive for Storybundle, includes forty-one stories, and has an Introduction by Karen Joy Fowler. Shiner was a finalist for the Philip K Dick Award, the Hugo Award, and the Nebula Award.

Wild Things by C. C. Finlay
The collection is an ebook exclusive for Storybundle and has a new Afterword. A multi-award-nominated author, Finlay is the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Errantry: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand
Hand won the World Fantasy Award four times, the Nebula Award twice, the Shirley Jackson Award twice, the Mythopoetic Award, and was a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book Author.

Women Up to No Good by Pat Murphy
Two stories in the collection were nominated for the Nebula. Murphy won the Nebula twice, the World Fantasy, and the Philip K Dick Award.

6 Stories by Kathe Koja
The collection was created by the author exclusively for Storybundle. Koja won the Bram Stoker Award and was a Philip K Dick Award Finalist.
At Storybundle, readers may choose what they wish to pay. There’s a Core Bundle and additional Bonus Books. Readers may also donate to a charitable beneficiary, which for this bundle is Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
The Story Collection Storybundle will run from May 11 through June 2, 2016. When it’s gone, it’s gone.
Lisa Mason