In case you haven’t heard, my new middle-grade novel is out. Zach Ziegler’s So-Called Middle School Life hit shelves on July 21. This was a story I had wanted to write for a long time, and there is a lot of myself in it. No swashbuckling adventures or hidden mysteries, but there is plenty of middle school angst.
The Island will make its debut next month, and I’m eager to share it with my beta readers very soon. I have put off writing the cover blurb as I am right smack in the middle of a pitches and blurbs workshop taught by Dean Wesley Smith, and I want to make sure I use everything I’ve learned and get it right. The next step is editing and cover design, and those are always fun times for me. (I know, who enjoys editing?)
Work is progressing on my latest excursion into horror, right now called The Devil’s Catacombs. I’m about 10,000 words into it and really enjoying creating the characters and their situation. I have decided that writing from now on is going to be all about having fun. I’m no longer going to brood over and second-guess myself on every word and sentence; as I have learned, writing and editing are two separate things, and it’s hard to let your creativity flow when the critical side of your brain is trying to filter it. As a result of this “revelation” I am writing more and finishing projects quickly. And I’m having a ball. I find myself really looking forward to my weekend writing sessions and not dreading my time sitting in front of the computer. When it ceases to be fun is when I’ll stop. And I don’t see that happening any time soon.
Because of this new creative renaissance, I’ve mapped out some goals for myself for the next six to eight months. They’re lofty goals, and if I had written them down this time last year it would have terrified me. But now I believe they are not only doable but practical. You see, my goal is to one day financially support my family with only my writing, and to do that, I’ve got to keep putting new work out there for readers to discover. So that’s what I’m doing – writing the best stories I can, packaging them up in the most professional manner possible, pricing them correctly, and getting the word out. I am so glad to be living in this time of independent publishing in which it can happen. And thanks to you, my readers, for helping make it possible.