Chapter 09: September [Unedited]


Putting my heart and soul into projects for months or sometimes years always created a residual, psychological letdown when it was all over.


Each project holds a special meaning to my journey as a creator, but this doesn't mean I can't outdo myself. That snaps me out of my funk.


first looks into planning out the forthcoming workload while taking into account the rigors of anti-creative back end business processes.


Tedious but important - each part which I'd rather not do would be a percentage that another publisher would take for their inconvenience.


That includes advertising, marketing, logistics, legalities, maintaining the websites, and editing. Strangely, I'm starting to enjoy it.


is very hands-on but would outsource those necessities to proven, competent individuals because most things are negotiable - including time.


Time is huge, so when people claim they can free some of mine up, I tend to listen and imagine what I could do, creatively, with more of it.


One end of the spectrum has the danger of losing touch with pieces of the project. The other has the associative cost. Both are sobering.


Being famous but unrecouped does not compute. With independence and a little discipline, I can wait out free agency for the right suitor.


The only reason of why this is even possible centers around technological changes to the publishing industry which leverage JIT principles.


With the advent of eBooks, access to distribution has never been more affordable, feasible, or expansive. My work is available worldwide.


My overhead is much lower because the cost of being saddled with inventory is non-existent, but those savings must be thrown into marketing.


Keeping a higher percentage of zero is still zero, so when I'm not planning, writing, or editing stories, I'm hustling to get my name out.


looks forward to the maturation of the publishing industry plus sees the power in the scope of eBooks - professionally and functionally.


Now some are going to roll their eyes at eBooks for a perceived lack of quality. I did too, with MP3's, until I ran out of shelf space.


stopped reading long-running series because he couldn't house all of the books, and it ruined his chance at getting the entire collection.


For that fact, alone, I can see the benefit of eBooks, but there are others who see the simplicity of physical books as just being easier.


Their hesitation is both fair and valid, so this is something which I'll need to contend with, but industry eBook sales have been promising.


Still, I would submit that the 'e' in eBook does in fact stand for easy - easy on the eyes, easy on the wallet, and easy on the confusion.


But it all starts with product, and in order to pump out quality product with any bit of consistency, I need to get into a mode of routine.


A typical day starts out at 6am and generally ends anywhere from 10pm to 2am of the next morning. I am no stranger to working absurd hours.


Looking at the calendar is humbling. I figure I have room for six projects on the high end. I've considered more, but I like the quantity.


The six normally include a SpaceStation Colt, a Criticality, a Constructs (what you're reading now), some other novel, and two music albums.


It's going to get interesting because six projects is an aggressive quantity, but I'd like to fit all of them into this equation - somehow.


There is a delicate balance between workload and output because it's a tug of war with a rope named fatigue who is wrapped around your neck.


will try his hand at floating titles toward other publishers. If they can use it, great. If not, it's more content for his own company.


With the workload specced out, prioritization is up next. It's tough - remember, looking ahead is part of what motivates me in the present.


At times, I've found myself all over the place in working projects, but if I remember that SSC3 gets priority, things tend to fall in place.


That's not just because SpaceStation Colt is my franchise offering. I am also a fan and want to know how the True Love Trilogy turns out!


SSC3 takes precedent, and Enforcers2 is right there with it. DJ VoiceCrack already has the SSC3 soundtrack completed - it's that important.

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