4 Books in 1 Year

It’s adventurous and unlikely but I hope to self publish 4 books this year.

Part of the trick is I’m trying to convince myself to be less of a stickler for perfection and churn those books out.

I’ve got covers for BQB’s Writing Prompts, Zom Fu and Zomcation.  I have one more in mind though I’ll hold back at this time.

I probably should have finished the books before ordering the covers but oh well, it makes me happy.

Do you think it is possible 3.5 readers?

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9 thoughts on “4 Books in 1 Year

  1. Rebecca says:

    Definitely possible if you have the dedication. Good luck!

  2. Dakota Kemp says:

    Hey BQB,

    Love your stuff, but I’m going to be that lame guy that warns you against what you’re considering. You say you need to convince yourself to be less of a stickler so you can churn more books out? Don’t. One highly polished, deserving novel a year is worth more than four “meh” books. Trust me, I work part time as a reviewer of indie published novels, and just…wow. I can’t even begin to explain how few of those books should be published. I can honestly say that in over two years of reviews, I could pick out two books as having been ready for publication. That means that roughly 98 – 99% of the self-published works I read should have stayed in the dresser until 1) a significant amount of revisions, critiques, more revisions, and lots of work were put into them, or b) they crumbled to dust.

    Now, if you can feasibly put out four high-quality books in a year, don’t let my pessimism affect you. But in my experience, putting out even one such book takes a tremendous amount of effort and humility. Sometimes people just need to hone their craft, write hundreds of thousands or maybe a million words before they’ve acquired the skill to put a worthy book out there. Brandon Sanderson, the effing god of SF&F writing, wrote eight novels – EIGHT – before he was picked up for publication. (And if you’ve read his work, you know his novels are rarely less than 200,000 words).

    My point is, don’t sacrifice quality for quantity. We’re living in a publishing world nowadays where we are absolutely swamped with mediocre (and downright awful) novels. I think self-publishing has done a lot of great things for the industry; this is not one of them.

    Anyway, I hope that helps. I would hate for it to come off as a hateful rant, because that is not my intent. You’re my favorite blogger on the internet, and I know you’ve got the potential to write some excellent novels. I just want to make sure your prepared for an industry that is absolutely ruthless and often unforgiving of anything less than perfection.

    Good luck in your writing endeavors, BQB!
    Dakota Kemp

    P.S. Having a big goal like that IS helpful, I’ll give you that. If you keep it in mind, you’re sure to produce tons of content.

    • Hi Dakote-ster

      Nah, you’re not lame. I appreciate you caring enough to say something.

      One book, the first book closest to being published, is my BQB Writing Prompt book. It’s 95 pages and it wasn’t that hard to write. Just a bunch of humorous scenarios.

      And honestly, it has dawned on me that maybe I’m better and or would have an easier time at writing humorous commentary books instead of novels.

      Writing commentary is easy for me and there’s not much to it. If it’s my opinion then it’s my opinion, versus having to write out a flowchart to track whether your characters are engaging in believable activities, that their actions make sense in the ongoing timeline, whether something was invented during a particular time period, having a vision in your head but lacking the words needed to give it justice and so on.

      Anyway, that’s 1.

      I have 32,000 words written of Zom Fu so I figured I could at least do two.

      Then I wrote 40,000 words of Zomcation last year so that’s like, last year’s work maybe benefitting me this year if I can find the time to bring it home before the end of the year.

      Then I had an idea that I have written no words on but I would love to see if I can crowbar it in.

      I do have a bad habit of starting stories and not seeing them through to the end.

      I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes. At the end of the day, I won’t put out something that is crap and I’m generally overly critical of myself so if it’s crap I won’t put it out.

      And in any case, I would put it out without an editor going over it.

      I do believe you are correct that one great novel is better than four crap novels but I have a limited window to make this work.

      This is a young person’s world and I’ve found my problems increase with every year so eventually, this whole writing enterprise needs to start making some money or else my increasing number of problems will take over.

      I really wish they had all this when I was twenty. Then I would have put out a book a year and then by 30 I’d have a sweet 10 book catalog.

  3. Dakota Kemp says:

    I hear ya. We’re not getting any younger!

    Since you have so much of three of them done, putting out four this year is definitely feasible. Also, I agree. Your humorous commentary is great IMHO, so if that’s where you think you shine you should go for more of that.

    I don’t know if you’re interested in my experiences in the publishing process, but it might give you a good idea for planning your own timelines. I live by the rule that my books are not ready for publication until I’m ready to burn the manuscripts in a fire. So, basically, when you think you’ve done enough editing, getting quality feedback, revising, and tweaking for narrative flow, do it all several more times. For my books, I generally end up doing five or six editing run-throughs before I even have my editor and alpha readers look at it. Then, I do another half-dozen or so while working with their input. Writing the first draft takes up maybe 20% of the overall time and work put into each project. The other 80% is rewrites, editing, critiques, revisions, more rewrites, and more editing. (And my books STILL aren’t trad publishing quality).

    Good motto to live by: When you think your novel is complete, you’re about half way finished.

    Enough of that downer talk though. The cool part is that once you’ve put those suckers out, you start building that catalog! Based on the amount of content you regularly put out, you’ll have a hefty list of titles out in five years.

  4. mdcrepeaux says:

    Not a big fan of naysaying, especially when it involves someone and their dreams.

    Quality control is important though. I’m like Dakota as well and have to go over my manuscripts at least 10 times AND I hire an editor. Even with these standards, there are books that outsell both mine and Dakota’s. (By sales ranking).

    These books are not “traditional publishing quality”. I’ve also seen traditionally published books with errors. Who’s to say what’s good?

    On any given day, I would say buyers. There are more buyers now and more product. Yes, some of it is less than stellar but most tend to get barried with the heaps of trash.

    Should you strive to put out those books in a year? You better.

    We should be talking about how to market those books instead to outshine others that don’t believe in quality and don’t stand by their product.

    Unfortunately, some of them know how to market.

    Put out those books man. I’ll buy them.

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