Thursday, May 1, 2014

And... she's really really back.

Aaaaah. May's here. And with it, I hope, a positive outlook and more productivity.

Why? Well... I came to this decision over the weekend regarding my War of Six Crowns series. So yes, I have two novels in the pipeline to get published.

But wait, there's more. I'm also going to publish Birds vs Bastards. Before this year is out. Madness, you might say, but really, it's publishing ready right now. (Or I wouldn't have been willing to query it before.) I'm just going to take a few more months to make sure everything is just so.

But there's even more. I took the past few days off to take stock after my depressed gripe from Friday. Bad news is that no, I probably still won't achieve most of what I planned for this year. Good news is that this doesn't set my five-year goals back at all.

See... I extended my timelines to 2018, and at the rate at which I can finish projects (and have been completing them in the past), I'm capable of getting out up to 26 (yes 26) titles before December that year. That's a staggering amount, and I realize it isn't all that realistic. Thirteen books, however... very very in the realm of possibility.

So now, the goal is to produce somewhere between 13 and 26 high-quality books in the next five years. Why? Because I can. And because I know that the more I produce, the more possible the goal at the top of this post ($7500 in royalties per month for a year before end 2018) will become.

Will I do it? Who knows? But man, am I going to have fun trying. After all, I won't have anyone telling me what I can't do.

Yes people. This kid is going self-publishing on you, and she's going all the way.  More on this later.


35 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You can do it!
That many books and that much a month in royalties is possible. RaShelle Workman did it. (And she'd be a good person to talk to if you need any guidance.)

Beth said...

Awesome! I'm glad you're back and feeling better. 26 titles by 2018. Does that mean you're moving in the direction of self publishing?

Richard Hughes said...

That's a lot of work ahead of you, but it will be well worth it, even if you only reach one-half of the goal. You seem renewed by your time off.

Misha Gericke said...

Ooh thanks for the heads-up. It's nice to know it's been done already. :-D

Misha Gericke said...

Yes I am going to self publish. Still not ruling out publishers and such, but after looking at my recent experiences and the timelines, I realized that it'll be better for me to have full control over the whens hows and whats for now.

Misha Gericke said...

I am feeling renewed. I think the time off was exactly what I needed.

Cathrina Constantine said...

You sound refreshed and determined, Misha!! Good Luck you can reach your goals!

Misha Gericke said...

Thanks!

Melissa said...

Good for you, Misha. I think you'll be glad you made the switch.
Go, go, go!!! :D

Murees Dupé said...

Congratulations on deciding what to do. You definitely sound more sure of what you want and I hope all your plans become a reality. You deserve some good fortune for once. I recently chose self-publishing too and know it will be a great option. Best of luck.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Wow, your goal gets more awesome. 26 books? Go for it :-)

Misha Gericke said...

I'm hoping you're right. :-D

Misha Gericke said...

Yes, it took me awhile to nail down what I wanted to do and how, but now that I have, I'm feeling a lot better.

Karen Walker said...

Good luck with your goals, Misha.

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha I just hope I don't go crazy. :-P

Misha Gericke said...

Thanks Karen. :-)

Emma Adams said...

I'm so glad things are looking up for you, and self-publishing definitely sounds the right way to go! Good luck with your goals!

Shah Wharton said...

Brilliant news! Trads take a lot of time to get each title out, as your know, so going indie is absolutely the way forward. I warn you, it's not easy and can feel overwhelming at times, but there is an enormous amount of information and support waiting to share the load. Me included. :)

sjp said...

And we shall have fun keeping up with your progress! Good luck!! :D

Rena said...

I love how you're putting yourself out there. 26 books, that might be hard, but thirteen, that's VERY doable. Good luck!

Carole Anne Carr said...

Good to hear that there are others struggling to complete things, Misha, let's hope we both achieve our goals :0)

Cherie Reich said...

Good luck, Misha! Your goals of producing and publishing that many books is doable. :)

Robin said...

To me that goal seems staggering... but you know best what you are capable of producing and how quickly. I applaud you for taking stock, deciding what is possible, and then reaching for it.

Lexa Cain said...

Yay for resiliency! Don't let the nay-sayers get you down. Just keep going! :)

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Wishing you the best as you move forward. With the things that have slowed and hindered your progress, possibly there will be some downhill episodes that will provide additional momentum.

LD Masterson said...

You go, girl. Seriously, I'm betting you can do it.

tracikenworth said...

Good luck, Misha!!

shelly said...

I've been working at a snail's pace.Good luck with your goals.

Kelly Hashway said...

I'm glad you've gotten everything sorted out and can move forward. Only good things from here. :)

klahanie said...

Hi Misha,

Yes, you can do it. And you know why. You believe in yourself and positive determination shall see you through.

In kindness,

Gary :)

Julia Hones said...

Good luck, Misha. You are getting closer to meeting your goals. Each and every day you are closer...

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger (大哥) said...

You are doing a lot of things and I wish you all the best in reaching and surpassing your goals!

Botanist said...

Welcome to the dark side, Misha :)

Self-pubbing is a lot of fiddly detail work - and I'm not even there yet! - but I felt a weight lift off my mind when I bit the bullet and decided to go that route myself.

It's exciting stuff, good luck!

T.F. Walsh said...

Loved this post and your positive attitude... agree, never give up, just tweak the plan a bit. You'll make it, no doubt, and I can't wait to see all your books out:)

Katie Cross said...

If you're having fun doing it, then go for it!