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Monday, January 15, 2018

Progress Report: January 7-13, 2018


In the week just gone, I wrote 38,000 words on the first novel in the series now known as Mack’n’Me’n’Odyssey (previously it was just called Mack 'n' Me). I also discovered that I was writing a new novel, rather than finishing off the last 84,000 words of an older one. Beyond that, the week was pretty quiet.
 

Progress: January 7-13, 2018

  • New words produced: 38,358
  • Outlines and Notes: 1,051
  • Works completed: Nil
  • Works edited: Nil
  • Covers created: Nil
  • Works published: Nil
  • Works submitted: Nil
  • Competitions Entered: Nil
  • Bloggery: Nil
  • Hours at Desk: 47 hours, 16m.
  • Hours January 1-6: 38 hours, 19m
Goal Progress
Publish Fortnightly: Weekly pre-releases have already been uploaded to the end of January, 2018. Stories have been written to cover the release schedule to the first week of February 2018, and the second release for that month has been fully outlined. This goal is currently on track.

Short Story/Month Goal: So far, the short story, The Queens’ Game, has been released for January 2017, and  stories have been written, but not yet published, for February through to June, 2017: Reluctant Liaison, Memory’s Vampire, Dreams of the Serpent, Destiny’s Queen, and Harper’s Choice. This goal is on track.






Chapter Book/Month Goal: So far, one chapter book, In Full Flight, has been uploaded for pre-release on January 20, 2017, and the outline for February’s chapter book is now complete. This goal is currently on track.

 



















Novel/Quarter Goal: So far, I have released 1 young-adult novel for Quarter 1, A Planet’s Ransom, and completed the first 38,000 words of the novel due for the second quarter, as well as the outline to complete it. This goal is currently on track.





















Publishing 12-Months Ahead Goal: I am going to follow the same pattern for next year’s work, as I am for this year. This means publishing 12-months’ worth of short stories and 12-months’ worth of chapter books, and 1 novel each quarter. I have yet to start on the short stories and chapter books for this goal.

 
Finishing-Series-I-Have-Started Goal: At the start of the year, I named several series that I wanted to advance. For C.M. Simpson, these were the: Freeman, The Priestess, the Prince & Dragon, Aggie & Tams series; and for Carlie Simonsen they were the: Wings and Tag Man One series. So far, I have uploaded In Full Flight for pre-release, for the Wings series. This goal is on track.






Finishing-Novels-Started-2017 Goal: At the start of the year I said I wanted to finish some novels started last year. I mentioned Mack ‘n’ Me, Arach. I forgot about the second book in the Aggie & Tams series, the second book in The Priestess, Prince & the Dragon series.

Last week, I started work on the Mack ‘n’ Me 'n' Odyssey series. The good news is that the first book is now a third complete. The bad news is that the work already completed on it had to be moved to a second book, and I started work on this one from almost scratch. Of course, the good news is also that there are now three books and one anthology planned for this series, and should all be completed by the end of the year.


Anthology Challenge Progress

The Anthology Challenge is to release one collection of short work each month in 2019. When I began this challenge, I had completed four collections, but had to compile, cover, edit and upload any. The current status for each collection is as follows:

January—Short Work for 2017, Volume 1: Completed and collated at 98,000 words, requires cover, front and end matter, editing, formatting and publication;

February—Short Work for 2017, Volume 2: Completed, requires collation editing, and publication;
March—Tales from Odyssey: 79,824/90,000 words;

April—An Anthology of Bloodlines: 46,510/90,000 words;

May—Pixie-Dust Dreaming: 53,020/90,000 words;

June—The Story-Match Challenge 2015: Completed at 102,655 words, requires collation, editing, and publication;

July—The Story-A-Week Catch-Up Collection: Completed at 91,491, requires collation, editing and publication;

August—Another Anthology of Dragons: 43,311/90,000 words;

September—Tales from When the Trolls Came: 21,815/90,000 words;

October—Stories from the Lizardine: 31,493/90,000 words;

November—Tales from Tallameera: 19,902/90,000 words; and

December—Another 366 Days of Poetry: 0/90,000 words.

Extension—Another 366 Days of Flash Fiction: 0/90,000 words.
Chapter-Book-Collection Challenge Progress

The Chapter-Book-Collection Challenge is to release one collection of chapter books each month in 2020. When I began this challenge, I had not completed any of the proposed collections. The current status for each collection is as follows:

January—Wings: 3 of 4 proposed volumes completed; existing stories compiled with updated front and back matter;

February—Rocky: previously known as the Otherworld series; 5 of 6 proposed volumes completed;
March—Wheelchair Romance: currently included in the Wheelchair Adventures series; 3 of 4 proposed of volumes completed;

April—Granny Finds Adventures: 0 of 6 proposed volumes completed, but overviews are completed for the first three, and a full outline is done for the first volume;

May—Tag Man One: 1 of 4 proposed volumes completed;

June—Long Hair Collected: 1 of 6 proposed volumes completed;

July—Ribbondrake Riders: 1 of 4 proposed volumes completed;

August—On Patrol Collection: 1 of 4 proposed volumes completed;

September—Running with the Pack: 1 of 4 proposed volumes completed;

October—Traveller’s Tales: 1 of 4 proposed volumes completed;

November—Marcus Drain’s Collected Adventures; 0 of 6 proposed volumes completed;

December—The Dear Tiger Letters: 1 of 4 proposed volumes completed.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Just Released: A Planet's Ransom

Yay! A Planet's Ransom written under my young-adult fiction pen-name, Carlie Simonsen is now out in the wild in both ebook and paperbook. You can get it from Smashwords, Amazon, and DriveThruFiction or via Draft2Digital distribution. So excited!!!



Made hostages for a world whose international leaders didn’t know how to behave, we ended up on a new world, one we have to make our own, where every step of civilisation has to be earned, all over again. It’s meant to be a world to hide the secret of our survival—but not all the aliens believe we have a right to survive. Torn between two rival factions of an alien race, we have to save our keepers, defeat our hunters, and get a message to the stars.

And that’s just if we want to live.

Making a place for humanity, is another task altogether.

A Planet’s Ransom is the second book in the Space Adventures series, a series of science fiction adventures set in space, or on the colonies of newly discovered worlds. Each book is a stand-alone story that can be read without needing to read other books in the series.

Progress Report: January 1-6, 2018


I spent most of this week trying to get a handle on how to approach the year of publishing ahead. It wasn’t until I set some goals, and added in a couple of challenges that I even got a clue. Now, as the last day of that week closes, I think I’ve got a fair grip on how to approach the year ahead. My guess is that it will last as long as the first curve ball, and then I’ll have to reassess and rejig, but that’s life in general. Here’s hoping I’ve got things somewhere near about right.
 

Progress: January 1-6, 2018


  • New words produced: 3,356
  • Outlines and Notes: 1,558
  • Words compiled: 112,273
  • Works completed: 0
  • Works edited: 0
  • Covers created: 0
  • Works published: 0
  • Works submitted: 0
  • Competitions Entered: 0
  • Bloggery: 4,090

Goal Progress
Publish Fortnightly: Fortnightly pre-releases have already been uploaded to the end of January, 2017. Stories have been written to cover the release schedule to the first week of February 2017. This goal is currently on track.
 
Short Story/Month Goal: So far, the short story, The Queens’ Game, has been released for January 2017, and  stories have been written, but not yet published, for February through to June, 2017: Reluctant Liaison, Memory’s Vampire, Dreams of the Serpent, Destiny’s Queen, and Harper’s Choice. This goal is on track.



Chapter Book/Month Goal: So far, one chapter book, In Full Flight, has been uploaded for pre-release on January 20, 2017. This goal is currently on track.














Novel/Quarter Goal: So far, I have released 1 young-adult novel for Quarter 1, A Planet’s Ransom. This goal is currently on track.














Publishing 12-Months Ahead Goal: I am going to follow the same pattern for next year’s work, as I am for this year. This means publishing 12-months’ worth of short stories and 12-months’ worth of chapter books, and 1 novel each quarter. I have started by collating the first collection.

Finishing-Series-I-Have-Started Goal: At the start of the year, I named several series that I wanted to advance. For C.M. Simpson, these were the: Freeman, The Priestess, the Prince & Dragon, Aggie & Tams series; and for Carlie Simonsen they were the: Wings and Tag Man One series. So far, I have uploaded In Full Flight for pre-release, for the Wings series. This goal is on track.














Finishing-Novels-Started-2017 Goal: At the start of the year I said I wanted to finish some novels started last year. I mentioned Mack ‘n’ Me, Arach. I forgot about  the second book in the Aggie & Tams series, the second book in The Priestess, Prince & the Dragon series. I have yet to start working towards this goal.
Anthology Challenge Progress
The Anthology Challenge is to release one collection of short work each month in 2019. When I began this challenge, I had completed four collections, but had to compile, cover, edit and upload any. The current status for each collection is as follows:

January—Short Work for 2017, Volume 1: Completed and collated at 98,000 words, requires cover, front and end matter, editing, formatting and publication;
February—Short Work for 2017, Volume 2: Completed, requires collation editing, and publication;
March—Tales from Odyssey: 79,824/90,000 words;
April—An Anthology of Bloodlines: 46,510/90,000 words;
May—Pixie-Dust Dreaming: 53,020/90,000 words;
June—The Story-Match Challenge 2015: Completed at 102,655 words, requires collation, editing, and publication;
July—The Story-A-Week Catch-Up Challenge 2016: Completed at 91,491, requires collation, editing and publication;
August—Another Anthology of Dragons: 43,311/90,000 words;
September—Tales from When the Trolls Came: 21,815/90,000 words;
October—Stories from the Lizardine: 31,493/90,000 words;
November—Tales from Tallameera: 19,902/90,000 words; and
December—Another 366 Days of Poetry: 0/90,000 words.

Extension—Another 366 Days of Flash Fiction: 0/90,000 words.
Chapter-Book-Collection Challenge Progress
The Chapter-Book-Collection Challenge is to release one collection of chapter books each month in 2020. When I began this challenge, I had not completed any of the proposed collections. The current status for each collection is as follows:

January—Wings: 3 of 4 proposed volumes completed; existing stories compiled with updated front and back matter;
February—Rocky: previously known as the Otherworld series; 5 of 6 proposed volumes completed;
March—Wheelchair Romance: currently included in the Wheelchair Adventures series; 3 of 4 proposed of volumes completed;
April—Granny Finds Adventures: 0 of 6 proposed volumes completed;
May—Tag Man One: 1 of 4 proposed volumes completed;
June—Long Hair Collected: 1 of 6 proposed volumes completed;
July—Ribbondrake Riders: 1 of 4 proposed volumes completed;
August—On Patrol Collection: 1 of 4 proposed volumes completed;
September—Running with the Pack: 1 of 4 proposed volumes completed;
October—Traveller’s Tales: 1 of 4 proposed volumes completed;
November—Marcus Drain’s Collected Adventures; 0 of 6 proposed volumes completed;
December—The Dear Tiger Letters: 1 of 4 proposed volumes completed.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Publishing Business: Repricing Completed


Over the last, few days, I’ve been reviewing my pricing, and I decided to make a few changes:
In preparation for bundling my existing chapter books into collections, I have repriced all individual chapter book titles from $3.99 to $2.99 U.S. This will allow existing readers to choose whether or not they want to buy individual titles, or wait the two years for the first bundle of any series to come out. It will also give new readers a way to catch up, more easily, on an existing series. Collections will be priced at $4.99, and will contain a minimum of 4 individual chapter book titles.
I also repriced all my novels to $5.99 U.S., and all collections and anthologies to $4.99.
And, finally, all pre-orders will be priced at $2.99 until the day of their release, when they will be repriced to their usual sales price, whatever it may be. This means that A Planet’s Ransom is currently priced at $2.99, but will go back up to $4.99 on, or shortly after January 13th (U.S. EST).
And that's it for repricing... at least, for the moment.