Scott D. Parker
Earlier this week, Marvel announced its slate of movies and titles for the next few years. It's got the biggies (Avengers 3 and 4 (?), Guardians of the Galaxy 2), the interesting ones (Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel), and the ones you'd never thought you'd see (Black Panther, Inhumans). It's incredibly ambitious and I am looking forward to them all.
That got me thinking about my own production schedule so I did a little exercise. I got an 11x17 piece of paper and made a grid. Across the top, I wrote the twelve months. For the rows, I wrote the years 2015 to 2018. Then, in pencil, I began thinking like a studio executive and looking at those 48 months and where certain books would be released.
I have, to date, six completed manuscripts scattered over four franchises. It's really fun to plan out a potential schedule for my various series. Some of the franchises will likely stay as novels and they will likely serve as tentpoles for a given year. Then, the smaller novellas and/or short stories will fill out the rest of the slots. Thinking like a studio. I like it.
Of course, the next thing I did was to make a spreadsheet with all the tasks associated with producing a finished ebook. I wrote this list across the top of a separate piece of 11x17 paper. I actually ran out of room and had to start another sheet. Wow. There's a lot to do.
Note: I’ll be doing a Na--Novella--WriMo challenge this month, so I don’t have to abide by the 1,667/day word count, but I do intend to finish it this this month. This novella is part of a strategy I’m using to get more shorter, novella-length works out in the next few years. These will be interspersed by longer, full-length novels. We'll see how this plays out.
Novellas. How many of y'all write them?
And regular NaNoWriMo: how many of y'all are participating? I've written 50,000 words in a month so I know I can do it. It does take a lot of perseverance, but it's doable. Cheers to everyone!