I read an article yesterday about how authors who publish 4+ books in a year may be rushing things a bit. There’s a link to the article on my Facebook page, along with my remarks on the subject; I’m not going to re-discuss it here. Instead, the article made me wonder: What was the most I’d published in any given year?

Now, I recently wrote about how 2012 is the year I consider my first “real” year as a writer. But it actually wasn’t the first year I published anything. Here, then, is a chronological list of my publications:

2000

  • “A Day in the Life of a Moderately Successful Writer” and “The Snake”—each short pieces—appeared in Dingbat #4.

I wouldn’t publish anything again until

2004

  • “Haiku 101” appeared in The Aurorean
  • “There Was an Old Woman…” appeared in Rosebud

Both of the above are poems. But also

  • “A.B.C.” (short story) appeared in Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine

Then I had another break before

2008

  • I put the first edition of The World Ends at Five and Other Stories on Lulu.

And since I apparently take four-year breaks

2012

  • “Warm Bodies” is produced—twice—which isn’t quite the same thing as a publication, but kind of?
  • I publish “St. Peter in Chains”
  • I publish “Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Last Line”
  • I publish “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of Ichabod Reed”
  • I re-release The World Ends at Five and Other Stories on Amazon with a new flash fiction piece

Okay, so 2012 wins hands down as the year I put out the most stuff. But three of those pieces are short pieces and one is a re-release. And does the play count? I’d actually written it the year before.

But here is where I also begin to put out work more regularly rather than having the big hiatuses.

2013

  • I publish The K-Pro

2014

  • “Warm Bodies” is adapted into the short film Adverse Possession. Yeah, not a publication, but… still a thing. That happened. That year.

2015

  • I publish “Sherlock Holmes and the Monumental Horror”

2016

  • Tirgearr publishes The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller
  • Evernight Teen publishes Manifesting Destiny
  • Aurora Wolf publishes my short story “Aptera”

2017

  • I publish Brynnde

So there it is, at least so far. I’m a pretty slow writer. I can put out a few stories a year or one to two books, I guess. I do still hope to have one more out later this year, but it depends on how long it takes me to, well, write it.

What do you think? Do you have any feelings about writers who publish a lot in any given year? Too much to keep up with or is it worse if the author is slow? (If so, sorry. I promise we writers can’t always control how quickly we produce work.) Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Five years ago, I had no real plan.

Five years ago today, I went into surgery first thing in the morning. Nothing major; I just had a bone spur on my right index finger that was making it painful and almost impossible to write or type. After the surgery, I hopped in the car and headed down to Enfield, Connecticut, where my play “Warm Bodies” premiered. It was my first ever produced play, and I consider that to more or less be the moment that officially started my writing career. I’d worked in publishing, and before that in film, but having a play produced was the jumping off point for my own work.

In fact, 2012 was a big year. Not even a month later, we moved from Massachusetts to California. That June, my play was produced again as part of the Source Festival in Washington D.C. (It would later go on to become the short film Adverse Possession.) 2012 was the year I first self-published two of my Sherlock Holmes stories. It really, truly was the year I decided to be a writer. For realz.

If you’d asked me then about a five-year plan, I’d have given you a blank look and said, “I dunno. Write, I guess?” If you ask me now, I’ll probably give you a similar answer. I do have a better idea of some of what I’d like to accomplish, but I also remind myself to be grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and proud of how far I’ve come. It’s easy sometimes to be frustrated with a seeming lack of progress. But in reality, I’ve come a long way. And I have a lot of great things to show for those five years: 6 self-published books, 2 traditionally published books, a play, a short film, an award-winning screenplay (that I’m still hoping to get produced one of these days—put it on the next five-year plan) . . . Not a bad haul.

But I couldn’t do it without YOU, dear readers and fellow writers. THANK YOU for the support over the years. I’ll be celebrating five years of writing by putting out an audiobook later this year, too. Hope you’ll enjoy that and whatever else might come from these [now fully functional] fingers.

Reminder that The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller is just 99 cents for a limited time! Click here for all available formats. And click here to enter to win various prizes from Tirgearr as part of their 5th birthday bash!

From my current Regency romance WIP Faebourne:

“Do you live here all the time?” Edward asked.

Duncan shook his head. “Only when the servants get bored.”

Richard cocked his head, and his gray eyes gleamed with bright interest. “You would not choose London over the country?”

Duncan sat back and sighed. “I don’t know,” he said after a minute’s rumination. “I’ve never had to choose.”

“But if you did? Have to choose, that is?” Edward asked.

Duncan considered. “Dove Hill is where I grew up. And it is roomier. I think… Yes, I would say I am more attached to it than here.”

“You would choose the country,” said Richard.

Duncan nodded. “Yes, I daresay I would.”

Upon later reflection, it seemed to Duncan that Richard and Edward exchanged a meaningful look when he spoke those words. But hindsight is always clearer, as they say, particularly after one has been kidnapped.

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Here are the goals I set for myself for 2017. I can check the first one off! (Achieved goals are changed to green.)

  1. Publish Brynnde
  2. Finish and submit Changers: The Great Divide
  3. Finish Hamlette
  4. Write another Sherlock Holmes story

This morning I dusted off Hamlette, so . . .

Oh, and #4 may be transmuted to “create an audio version of my Sherlock Holmes stories,” which I am currently in the process of as well.

My newest novel Brynnde has been getting a lot of page reads on Amazon. I’m so excited to know people are reading it! And this is why it’s exclusive to Amazon—so people can borrow the book and read it. At some point, I may take Brynnde wide, but so far I make so much more from being exclusive with Amazon. Even when people don’t buy my books, I get paid when they borrow and read them.

If you’re reading Brynnde, I hope you’re enjoying it! And I hope you’ll also consider leaving a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Even just a star rating helps fellow readers find good books! And helps me find more great readers like you!

Today, Facebook helpfully informed me that “fans of The K-Pro haven’t heard from [me] in a while.” Which left me to wonder: Are they expecting to hear from me? Because I hadn’t heard from them, either. So . . .

There are a number of expectations put on authors these days. Primarily, these expectations boil down to being in contact with our readers. But what if our readers aren’t in contact with us?

I love hearing from my readers! And I find it very disheartening when I post things and send out newsletters and hear nothing back. I begin to think that, whatever I’m trying to communicate, it isn’t what people want to hear.

So here’s the deal: IF you’re a fan of The K-Pro and you want to hear from me, let me know. (You may recall I began a sequel to The K-Pro some years ago, but based on lack of perceived enthusiasm, I never finished it.) If there’s something you want more of, you have to tell me! Or I’ll never know. I’ll just keep wandering from project to project based on my own internal compass. Which is fine, but it means you’ll be waiting a long time for something that may never happen unless I know you want it to.

I gave up the newsletter, but you can always contact me via the tab at the top of this page, or on Facebook or Twitter or Goodreads—all the usual places. Or come to one of my events and get in my face personally. Let me know what you’ve enjoyed and what you hope to see next. I can’t make any promises, but I will take your thoughts into account.