My 1st year as an Author

This will be my last blog post of the year, since next week is Christmas. Dennis and I have some wonderful plans for the season.

Now I wrote and drew indie comics prior, so some might say I was an author before, but this year my first novel, Other Systems, was published by 48Fourteen. Not only was my first novel published, but also my first science fiction story Unintentional Colonists was published by Not only was my first novel published, but also my first science fiction story was published by Perihelion SF.

In some ways, my career changed drastically, however on an everyday level, it hardly changed at all. I still tend to work too much and get stressed out over things that don’t matter. I still have no real idea about balance. And I still don’t care about sales as much as I want to tell a good story.

I learned a lot.

I have felt that each of my titles have gotten better and better. Just by doing the work, I have become a stronger writer and a better artist. However Other Systems was the first book that went through professional editing. I learned that I do not always need to use a semi colon and I also learned so much about story telling between Juanita Samborski and David Kostiuk when working on Other Systems. Sam Bellotto Jr. at Perihelion SF let me now exactly how much description to put in.

Finally, I learned I cannot market Other Systems the same way we were marketing the comics. We have to do more social media for both the comics and my novels. Though often people do like comics and science fiction, the group of people that like both are surprising narrow.

That being said, while promotion is important, if one spends all their time on promotion, I will never get any work done on my next book. I have been working on The Martlet and Other Systems: Earth and that is where my energies need to lie. I can’t allow myself to be poisoned with thoughts of sales. It takes the joy out of writing

My 2013 Releases (That I know of…)

March 1 Faminelands #3: Mareton’s Curse

November 1 Out for Souls&Cookies #4 (The Christmas Special!!!) 

TBA: Other Systems is coming to print!


7 responses to this post.

  1. Congratulations on a successful year!


  2. Wow – a lot going on! Good luck!


  3. Posted by Candace Knoebel on December 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Love this! I nominated you for Blog of the Year! Details will be up shortly on my blog! Looking forward to reading more of your work!


  4. Congrats on your first publication. I self-published my first novel on Amazon in October and can relate to what you said – exactly. On one level, a golden rain of Awesomeness (sorry, candace!) falls down upon you now that you have evolved into an Author. On the other hand, you still have to eat, sleep breathe, feed the (insert correct pet here) and shop. No-one rushes up to you in the street and squeals OMG…you’re that AUTHOR!!! even though your new cloud nine gait radiates Literary awesomeness (sorry again Candace :)).
    Congrats on your year and may 2013 be even more awe…I mean excellent.


    • Thanks for commenting, Andrew.
      It is tough trying to balance having a life and being an author, I struggle with it all the time.


      • You’re right – it is a real tricky balancing act. I am lucky in that my daytime job takes me all over England – which means nights in hotels where I get peace (mostly) to write. But I amcurrently spread so think across the media that I have 1,358 unread emails in my Inbox :O I know, yikes, eh?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Novel News Network

Bringing you news on my favorite novels.

The Eclectic World of Christina

Author Christina Thompson

Elan Mudrow

Smidgen English

James Harrington's Blog of Geek and Writing

All Things Writing and Geek, in one neat little blog!

Ajoobacats Blog

Non-profit prolific reader, reviewer and blogger of books and occasionally life

World of Horror

A cozy cottage for writers and book lovers


Book reviews, recommendations and more

Corey D. Truax

Author | Editor | Father of Thor | Veteran | Military Spouse

Horror Novel Reviews

Honesty in the Terror

Heartstring Eulogies

Conjured by Sarah Doughty

Wanderess Bibliophile

“Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision.”

Three Unwise Men

A con in a podcast


This site is totally poetry...


A little about me, a lot about books, and a dash of something else


Books, Books and More Books

Planetary Defense Command

Defending the planet from bad science fiction

A Narcissist Writes Letters, To Himself

A Hopefully Formerly Depressed Human Vows To Practice Self-Approval

%d bloggers like this: