Already a great year as far as sales, with 6,000+ ebooks going out the door for January. Last year I went to my first scifi convention, Dragon*con, and attended a writer’s workshop. I met Kevin J Anderson, who was a guest speaker at the workshop, and talked with him after a couple of panels at the con. He suggested attending this annual event he puts on in Colorado Springs. Being a recent dirt poor state worker until March of last year, I thought, maybe sometime, but probably not soon. I got to thinking about it in October when the income looked very good for the year, and the Superstar’s early bird price break deadline was coming up, and then thought, why not. Dragon*con turned out to be a great networking experience, and Superstars looked to have the makings of another. So Tuesday I will be getting on an airplane for the first time in twenty-four years and winging it to Colorado. Colorado, in February, for a Florida native? I know, sounds kind of crazy to me too. But it looks like a great conference, and I get to appear on my first panel (I have possibly another coming up later in the year). I will post about the conference when I return. Have also made plans for Liberty*con (hotel and registration), Dragon*con (same) and the Venice Book Fair in April. Venice Book Fair you say. I grew up there, and kind of wanted to appear as an author, not that I plan to make a lot of money at that venue.
Exodus 6 and Book 3 of The Deep Dark Well trilogy will be coming in Spring. After that I will drop TDDW series for the time being, even though I have the first draft of the first book of a second trilogy already on the hard drive (and backed up in about twenty places). I also plan to put out the fourth book of the Refuge series sometime this year. Book five, next year, may see the suspension of that series for awhile, though I always want to come back to the genre bending world of fantasy. Exodus will probably take up most of my time for the next couple of years. I have a lot of ideas for that Universe and the characters that populate it.
And after that? I would eventually like to try my hand at alternate history. I have a love for military history, especially the history of the second world war. Several years ago I started to develop a pair of series at WW2. One would involve Hitler being deposed in 1939, and Stalin launching an attack on Europe in 1943. The other would be more of a scifi idea, with people from the future, with knowledge of history and technology, sending their personalities back in time to take over the brains of several leaders of the Third Reich. Others would do the same with the allies, but there are some twists to that part of the plot which I won’t reveal at this time. Again, that will be years in the future, which give me plenty of time for development.