Daily Archives: January 6, 2016

What Is Ahead in 2016

This is the time of the year when most indie-authors fill entire pages of blog space talking about how many books they sold in 2015 and how many books they are going to sell in 2016 and how they are going to do it – so I won’t bother going there, if you don’t mind.

My goal for this blog is to keep things simple.

Courtesy Slivo.

For starters let me tell you about my 2015 plans.

I had planned to write a million words over 2015.

I probably hit about 200,000, give or take. I was hitting my daily quota necessary to reach that million word mark – but the quality of my writing was beginning to suffer. I was replacing quality with quantity – just forcing the words out – so I decided to step off of that road and slow things down.

My goal in 2015 is to get a few more books out there a bit more regularly.

I am just putting the finishing touches on the first volume of a projected series entitled KELPIE DREAMS.


This is the first of a three book series, with a possibility of more books ahead. I intend to finish this series over 2016. The book is a sort of paranormal romance – and I know that some of you folks who love my ghost story collections and my booga-booga horror novels are going to be upset with this new direction that I am following – but I really feel that I have a story to tell here and I intend to see it through.

So that is goal #1 for 2016.

Finish the first three books in my KELPIE DREAMS series.

I intend to put that first volume into the Kindle Scout program. I am not certain if it will make it or not – but I learned an awful lot about promotion and direction through my 2015 Kindle Scout campaign and I believe that I can learn a bit more and put it to actual use.

So that is goal #2 for 2016.

Put the first volume in my KELPIE DREAM series into the Kindle Scout program.

I also have a first draft manuscript that I intend to revise and pitch at my local traditional publisher, Nimbus Publishing. It has been a couple of years since my last Nimbus release and I get an awful lot of personal reward from my regional publications. My first YA novel through Nimbus has done very well and It is high time I sold another novel to Nimbus and I am working on a paranormal YA novel with that in mind. I wrote the first draft through NaNoWriMo this November and I am just about ready to work on the revision of that rough draft.

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So that is goal #3 for 2016.

I intend to pitch and hopefully sell a YA novel to Nimbus Publishing. I intend to begin working on that second draft within the next two weeks – right after I finish the final draft of KELPIE DREAMS.

In addition, there are two Canadian anthologies that have asked for stories. I’d like to see that done over the next month or so.

So that is goal #4 for 2016.

That is it for writing goals. Nothing grandiose. Just keeping it simple here, folks.


I do have a goal to sell more books over 2016. I know that sounds ridiculously simplistic of me – but I know that there are folks out there who are selling a thousand copies of their books in any given month – and right now I get all worked up and excited when I manage to sell two or three hundred of my books in a month.

That needs to change.

I’ve good luck in October and November. Things slowed down a bit in December and January – but I believe that if I continue on this path I can start to see more books selling more regularly every month. That is why I am going to push through and reach next January with a three book series under my belt.


Why don’t you read THIS blog entry from noted indie author, Lindsay Buroker – because she explains it a whole lot better than I do.

Write more books more regularly. Build a series, rather than just pumping out one-off books. Market a little smarter and beat the drum for the first book in the series which should lead the reader into wanting to purchase the second and third book in the series.

So that is goal #5.

Wish me luck.

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon