If you follow me on Twitter, you saw my mini-rant about developing an exit strategy from your day job if it’s not one you’re content to do for the next ten, twenty, even thirty years. My goal is, and always has been, to write full time, and after some problems and distractions this year I’ve been rebuilding the plan for that goal, including putting together the exit strategy.
Things are moving in the right direction. Lie with the Dead has been delivered to Evileye Books, and depending upon how much still needs to be rewritten, fans won’t have to wait much longer. For those of you new to The Pack, you may want to start with Winter Kill, which is only $2.99 on Kindle or $12.99 in paperback. You can even get a free taste in comics form with Big Bad Wolves over at Indie Pulp. Big Bad Wolves takes place prior to Winter Kill and features art by Mike Henderson.
Also from Evileye, The Burning Maiden is due early next year. I’m excited about the lineup for this one, and if production goes well and the rumors hold true, we’ll see an e-book edition soon. Expect news of another Evileye anthology soon after, including yet another short story from yours truly.
Crime/noir fans may want to check out the latest issue of Needle Magazine. Folks have been very complimentary of my contribution, “With This Bullet”, and I plan to do more work like that soon. For a free taste of my crime fiction, check out “Tweet Tweet, Little Twat” over at Shotgun Honey.
In other short story news:
- Relics & Remains is still going to happen, but I have no news on it yet
- I just sold “Dead Cache” to the anthology Cadence in Decay due early 2012 from Mansion House Books
- “Bravo Four”, a The Pack piece, is undergoing final rewrites and I’ll have more news soon
- “‘Til Undeath Do Us Part” is still waiting for publication in a zombie anthology
- I hope to have publication news for a commissioned short featuring a pulp heroine soon
- “Inazuma” is still available as a free download
Short stories don’t pay the bills, and sometimes the wait before they see print can be frustrating, but they’re fun to do and they help promote the big stuff. In the next few months I’ll be mining my short story and novella backlist to see what else I can get to you, too. No sense letting their bits rot away on the hard drive.
Moving forward, there’s a lot going on. In fact, it was my intention this weekend to put together the outline for the third The Pack novel and plot out another novel and a commissioned novella. Then the Christmas tree had to go up and I lost a ton of time putting plastic over our windows for the winter. Wonderful.
The third Pack novel will have the priority from here out. A huge part of the exit strategy is getting The Pack back on track. Both The Pack 3 and the novella are due in fairly short order, and the novella will be part of a Mansion House Books trilogy antho including Ty Schwamberger and Gord Rollo. Once they’re both turned in, I plan to start tinkering with that other novel, Sick Day.
Some of you may recognize that name. Yeah, I’ve been sitting on it a while. I’m seeing some opportunities open for it, however, so it’s coming time to put it to paper and get it into an editor’s hands. Contracted work will have to come first, but I still want this book to happen.
This, by the way, is the short list. There are two semi-aborted web comics I’d like to do, one of which I’ve thought about turning into a prose book or a novella series instead. A half-complete novel called Powerless may still have value. A trunk crime novel needs a rewrite (or I at least need to salvage the title for something else). There’s another property I’ve mentioned to one of my editors and he’s shown interest, but I have yet to put the pitch together because I’ve been so tied up with The Pack. Finally, two people have told me I need to try my hand at young adult work, and that led to a really solid idea for another project.
That’s the problem: I’ve got plenty of things happening that could keep me busy full time, but it’s still the day job that keeps my family fed and I’m stuck for a while. If I stick to the exit strategy, though, that will change soon enough.