Writing Cycle & Release Plans

I am trying to get this book done this month.

And by done, I mean the first draft completed. Finishing at the end of May would put me at 9 weeks to write a full historical fantasy novel. At this point, I am targeting a finished length of about 80,000 words which feels right for this story. It’s possible that it might go longer, but not by much. I won’t have a total of hours until the end of the book/end of May and that may affect the final plan here, but I thought I would lay out what I have so far.

The Series

I planned this book to kick off a seven book series. For the direction I want to go, it just makes sense. I know I want to self-publish, but I don’t want to lose much visibility, so I am thinking of holding book one back until book three is almost ready to go. That way I can release books 1, 2, and 3 in quick succession. If I time it right I might be able to get book 4 and part of book 5 written in that time, based on how long it has taken me to do book 1. If I can then get 6 and 7 done I could potentially have a completed series in 18-24 months.

This is the part of the plan that is most in flux because there are so many life factors that have to be considered when planning something like this long term. For sure I want to publish the first 3 books pretty quickly. The rest is up in the air at the moment.

Writing Cycle

This is a super aggressive writing plan to get all three books drafted and somewhat edited by the end of 2016.

Book one first draft due May 31, 2016.
Book two working outline due June 3, 2016.

Book one first edit and notes due June 10, 2016.
Book two first draft due August 31, 2016.

Book one second draft due September 16, 2016. Send to editor.
Book two first edit and notes due September 30, 2016.

Book three working outline due October 7, 2016.
Book three first draft due December 16, 2016.

Publishing Cycle

This is more up in the air. I’ve never sent a book to an editor or beta readers or anything, so I really don’t know how long or how many passes, etc. But I want to publish book one in January 2017 at the latest, probably November 2016 at the earliest.

That would put book two published between December and February, and book three published between January and March.

I know those are broad ranges, but until I get a little experience under my belt (and see if I can even keep up with my aggressive writing schedule) ) I just don’t know. These are penciled in dates that don’t even take into account getting covers, blurbs, etc done.

Final Thoughts

I’m glad to have a plan in writing. Heck, I’m glad to have a plan period. Of course, I’ll update every step of the way. And hey, if anyone out there has any experience in this game and wants to let me know if this looks good/doable/sane I’d love to hear it.

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