I love looking back at intentions from prior years because it shows me how sometimes you have to let life takeover. And how what you thought was done, really wasn’t. Writing REALLY IS rewriting and that’s part of the story for 2016 and 2017.
At the beginning of 2016, I’d applied to two programs. Both long shots I’d called them. Well, they both happened. I totally failed on the mailing list front and didn’t publish a single thing, but again, this is all wrapped up in those two programs.
In 2016, my creative efforts were consumed by my being accepted into eOne CFC Television Adaptation Lab.
I had no idea how big a deal this was. I had no idea that they were going to teach me how to write TV, that I would meet and be mentored by amazing writers, showrunners, and development executives. I can’t begin to explain how meaningful this experience has been. And it’s not over. In 2017, it’s my priority.
But 2017 has other plans too.
I have three middle grade books coming out through Rubicon Publishing this year. Pearson will be distributing them in the USA. I wish I was allowed to show you the art in them because it is fantastic.
In addition, I feel as though I’ve exhausted traditional routes to publication for four of my written and ready books. And, frankly, I don’t want another year to pass without a publication. So this year I’ll be putting out three or four books on my own. In the process of doing so, I’ll be creating that mailing list. I think this is the number one tool for authors to becoming self sufficient. I’ve hesitated because they cost money to create and to maintain, and my books weren’t ready yet, but with four books in production and more to follow in 2018, it’s time.
As I take these books through line editing, copy editing, proofing, formatting, I’ll be rewriting one of my favourite books and getting it ready for agent submission. I have high hopes for it. I’m also adapting it into a screenplay and submitting to contests.
This brings me to the second program I was accepted into: The Odyssey Workshop. Six grueling weeks of workshopping with amazing writers and instruction. It was fantastic and set me up so so well to look at everything I’ve ever written to take another crack at it. It’s why 2016 was a year of rewriting and why 2017 will be too. What I learned there has made its way into all of my work.
New material, you ask? Well, I’m writing a lot of new TV material. I also want to write a book set in Deep River, finish a manuscript I started at Odyssey titled Inherit the Blade, write a creative non-fiction called Be the Pond, and work on a TV show concept. I can’t complete it all.
So that’s 2017. 6-7 Books to publish. A TV show to create. A number of new projects to move forward. A mailing list to build.
Whatever happens, I’m going to roll with it.