Three Years

Tomorrow is the 3 year anniversary of my writing journey. It’s been a crazy ride so far.  When I first decided to quit my job and get serious about writing, my plan involved something like “write a novel every year for ten years” while submitting short stories and hoping for a book deal.

How things change, eh?  I discovered Heinlein’s Rules, attended a bunch of workshops including Clarion, and the self-publishing/e-book world came into being.  Now my plan is more like “write ten novels worth of new material every year”, I’m hardly writing short stories at all this year, and I have quit submitting queries for books (for the moment). In these last three years, I’ve written over a million words, sold ten short stories, and self-published over twenty novels, novellas, and short stories.

I have seven years left in my ten year plan (I made a deal with my husband that I would be making a living from my fiction in ten years or I’d go get a different day job).  I’ve learned so much, tried a lot of different things, put in a lot of work, over the last three years. I can only imagine where my skills will be in seven more years.

So I start my fourth year as a writer with a lot of optimism and a lot of hope. Also, because hey, this is still me, a lot of experiments planned.  I’ve been absent from the blog because of one of these experiments. The novellas are going well and are a ton of fun to write, but also take a lot of writing time and energy.  So the serial novel and the neo-pro interviews are on the back burner until March.  I’ll probably be pretty scarce here for another month or so.

Three years. Feels like twenty sometimes and like a couple months others.  I have a long way to go and a lot more to learn, but this is still the best job I’ve ever had.  Here’s to seven more years of awesome (and hopefully another few decades beyond that).

5 Responses to “Three Years”

  1. Melanie Meadors

    This is great, Annie. Congratulations, and I hope the next 7 years are nothing short of amazing!


  2. D.M. Bonanno

    That’s pretty awesome. 🙂 Glad it’s been fruitful for you this far. Hoping for some amazing things to come.

  3. Jacques Goyette

    I admire your tenacity and will to succeed. I hesitate very much to publish with Kindle. Have you had any experience with them ? If so, would you recommend them ?

  4. Cora

    Congratulations, Annie. Here’s to the other seven years!

  5. Brad R. Torgersen

    And to think, we knew each other when. (g) Happy 3rd, Annie! Come to think of it, if I count the WOTF win as the “zero clock” moment, I am in my 3rd year too. Wow, time flies fast.

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