I’m not deluded enough to think that I’m going to be one of the few lucky authors who gets picked up by a major publisher with a six figure deal in the first couple of years being an author. To be realistic, I know I needed to build up both my skill and credentials before getting recognized, and that’s what my goals for the next 3 years are going to focus on.
Presently I’m going through a period I like to call “Cleaning out my closet” where I’m taking all of the older novels I wrote before I was published, polishing them up and seeing if I can get any hooks with the credentials I have built so far.
Here is a catalogue of the books I’m hoping to have published in the next three years:
Dream State Saga
1. Stuck in the Game 2. Back in the Game 3. Glitch in the Game 4. Death in the Game
Super Dungeon Explore
5. Wrath of the Midnight Queen
1. Gods of the Mountain 2. The Poison Crown 3. Ending the Cycle
1. Shatter Sphere 2. Shattered City
Along with several other novels that aren’t yet under contract, these are the books in my closet that I’m going to clean out before 2020. After this, with all of the experience and skills it will give me, I’m going to start writing under a pseudonym that will coalesce everything I’ve learned into a series of novels for marketing to one of the big five (Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, Hachette).
Obviously the books not under contract are the ones that will get the most attention after those above are published, after I’ll be what my friend called a, “dozen books deep” and have enough credentials under my own steam to add to my more marketable sales pitch.
It’s a gamble, but an educated gamble, and whether or not it pays off will determine whether or not this hobby becomes a realistic career, a dream I’ve had since I was a child.
Hobby => Career => Dream.