The first Wednesday of every month, The Insecure Writer’s Support Group convenes to share struggles, insecurities, triumphs, doubts, and other odds and sods.
First off, I’m no longer so sure about releasing three books this year. I’m still committed to releasing the book formerly known as The Very First (new title a secret) on 23 August, but I have no reason to think it’s worth it to put out And the Lark Arose from Sullen Earth and The Twelfth Time: Lyuba and Ivan on the Rocks when my sales for the previous books have been so embarrassing and dismal. What’s the point of releasing a sequel when not many people have read the respective first books?
Secondly, is anyone willing, interested, and able in letting me guest post, do an interview, or do some sort of book blog tour for the book formerly known as The Very First? I’m really, really proud of all the hard work I put into this book over the years, particularly considering the unprecedented radical rewrite and restructuring I had to undertake in 2011 and 2012. I put in yet more work this year, getting it to the most perfect state possible. I’d hate for this release to be just as much of a failure as my other releases have been so far.
I do want to have physical copies for this book, particularly since it’s geared more towards younger readers (a mature age twelve and up). People that age tend to do most of their reading the old-fashioned way. I don’t like pigeonholing my work into just one rigid, age-based category, but I’d call it mature MG-ish.
Third, I really need an author tagline and a better blog banner. It’s embarrassing to know it’s cut off on the right on mobile devices, no matter how I’ve tried to size down my text.
Fourth, I feel like I’m hitting a hump in my ongoing radical rewrite and restructuring of my Atlantic City prequel series. I’m currently on the third book out of four, and around halfway done. This one needs relatively less work than the others, and only has specific areas which need more attention. I kind of wish I hadn’t committed to writing a new chapter about the Portuguese World’s Fair, after discovering how difficult it is to find detailed information on the exhibits and attractions. The new chapter on the World’s Fair in New York will be so much easier, since there’s a plethora of detailed information, much of which I used for the World’s Fair chapter which closed Part II of Journey Through a Dark Forest.
Maybe this really isn’t a true hump and boredom, but rather a reminder I need to get back to my alternative history full-time. I’m really feeling pulled back towards it a lot lately, and even having a few dreams about it again. It’s almost like my dear protagonist, from the other world, is putting a bug in my ear and begging me to resume his story.