The updated catalogue:
As I did for 2015, I gave myself ten targets for 2016:
1. Publication of A Life of Choice – Part One
2. Production of Codename: Koki by Malcolm Beadle
3. Revision of each of my novels.
4. Publication of A Time for Courage: and other military stories
5. Produce artwork to accompany Whisper Wood, my submission for the IASD Children’s anthology
6. Produce a short story for the next themed IASD anthology
7. Produce one of my present novels as a paperback using CreateSpace
8. Ongoing maintenance and improvement of the IASD website / blog
9. Read and review more titles from the IASD catalogue
10. Support of the IASD members in whatever capacity I am able
How did the reality match up to the good intentions?
In terms of writing it’s been a year of the series for me, and apart from those mentioned, I’ve been working on Beyond The Law: Consequences, which will bring the trilogy to a close. I found writing a sequel a daunting task, but the final part of the story is proving more of a challenge. I aim to produce the book in early 2017.
1. I created the artwork to accompany my poem Whisper Wood for the IASD Children’s anthology.
2. I revised and heavily edited my published work which took between two to three weeks for each book.
3. In conjunction with the other Admins, I made a few visits to the IASD blog/website to update and keep members abreast of our news. The Featured Author will be continuing in 2017.
4. An unexpected occurrence was becoming the mentor for a newbie erotica author. I read the debut title and found the story and writing failed in several areas. The few public reviews were praising the story, but none were justified in my opinion. Instead of damning the book publicly I left a comment on another reader’s review.
The story author got in touch and was keen to know more. I told him I wasn’t an expert, but his work needed more substance. At his request I provided a critique of the story. He pulled the book from Amazon, reworked it and sent it to me for a second opinion. It was much improved and he’s now working on his next title.
5. I was the beta reader for a couple of our IASD authors, and I read and reviewed several books by members.
6. I’ve taken brief breaks by drawing and by updating my Tom Benson Author website and my Creative Writer and Artist website.
In certain areas I achieved more than I expected, but there were casualties in my battle-plan.
1. I spent two months revising and editing Codename Koki for Malcolm Beadle, but it appears my mix of honesty, integrity, and expectation were too much. I haven’t heard from Malcolm for a few months, but I’m sure he’s working on the story and other projects.
2. I have yet to create a paperback, so perhaps 2017 will be the year for me to try CreateSpace.
4 . On the social scene I had a timely reminder I am not a blogger who writes, but a writer who blogs. I entered the 2016 A to Z Challenge with the best of intentions, but after a few days I abandoned the attempt. Having completed the challenge before, I recalled many hours spent responding and reviewing and in honesty, I couldn’t justify the time. I had difficulty maintaining an interest.
5. Among my aims I wanted to cut down on casual social networking, and concentrate on reading and writing. I’ve been true to my goals for most of the time. This year I’ve tried to strike a balance. Not many reviews will have been seen from me because I’ve dipped into my TBR, but I’ve also read from my large collection of paperbacks.
I have an allegiance to the Indie Author Support and Discussion group, and it will remain the exception to my personal rule about social media visits.
Exposure of my writing has been assisted by my monthly ‘Freebie’ weekends on Amazon. I’ll be continuing my monthly giveaways in the coming year.
What do I have planned for 2017?
Once again my year will be dominated by ‘series’ but I’ll give more detail in my first blog post of 2017. I have an ambitious number of titles lined up for completion. A lot of the groundwork is laid and I continue to work across titles simultaneously.
Retirement late in 2017 means I’ll devote more time to my passion, and to my renewed interest in cycling, which is where I do a lot of my thinking and scene setting.
As always, thank you for your time, and comments.