If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, then you’re well aware of my recent drought. I haven’t published anything in a year, and because of that sales have… evaporated. Basically, I reached 1000$ profit over my career and then reached an abrupt halt.
Around this same time, I decided to rewrite (therefore unpublishing) Enden, as well as the Cold, Gray Eyes series. There was a lot going on at the time, and I realized these works weren’t at the level I wanted them to be. Since then, I’ve struggled with completing projects and following through on my word. I just finished rewriting Enden last month, after all. But one work during this time frame really kept me going, and I managed to crank out the entire novel in a short amount of time.
The Next Step
That book: The Decay.
I put together a really cool post with some hints about the book.
I poured my heart and soul into the writing, blazing through the 70,000 words as fast as I’ve ever done.
And then… another, terrible stall.
Here’s the issue: I want to get this book published. Like actually published. I’ve been working on submissions to agents and publishers, all of that. But this is a time-consuming process, and the fervor has started to fade. I long to get back into writing, to dive into something solid and attack it. I’ve started a manuscript recently that I feel confident about. But always in the back of my mind, The Decay.
What makes this book special?
This book was written for a larger audience than my horror novels. It is suspenseful, but it is also romantic, and the characters are the kind that you’d want to be friends with. It isn’t too scary for everyone out there who is worried, and it isn’t too bland for everyone who loves a thrill. Basically, I wrote this book for everybody.
My last novel, Until We Burn, was… kind of a flop. I expected much better results. The reviews aren’t as good as I hoped, the sales are completely gone, and overall it was a failure. Which really sucks, because a large chunk of that book dealt with personal issues, in a round-about way. This book is the same. The Decay is more personal than anything I’ve written, and thus more powerful. At least that’s the hope. Maybe it’ll be another flop. I can’t say for sure.
When will it be released?
Ah… you had to go and ask that, didn’t you?
Well… I have no idea. Like I said, I’m submitting to agents at the moment. If things don’t go anywhere with the agents, I’ll do another read-through and edit. Maybe I’ll have it published by the end of the year. Or maybe it’ll never see the light of day.
My ultimate goal -and I’m determined to make this happen- is I will either have an agent by Christmas, or this book will be released by then. Maybe nobody will pick it up, and I’ll have to go the self-publishing route. But I do believe there is value in this book, and I want the world to read it… someday.