2015: The year that was

japan 1drt6gAs far as writing years go, 2015 was pretty good. I’ve acheived my goals, realized some dreams, and learned a few lessons.

I had numerous publications over the course of the year, and was pleased to be in the pages of Asimov’s Science Fiction and Landfall once again. My second stories in each of those magazines, over consecutive years, and that suggests to me that the first wasn’t a fluke. I may actually be doing some things right.

I also had stories in Perihelion, Capricious, Takahe, SQMag and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. A good mix of literary and science fiction.

Good news on the competition front too. I was first equal in the Gernsback Amazing Stories innaugural competition this year for my story “Penny of Tharsis Montes”. That should be out in the first issue in February.

I self-published numerous short stories, and five novels. Sales of these have been unspectacular. Included in the plans for 2016 is more learning about marketing, discoverability and the like. I’m confident I have a good product: I lack the skills to get it noticed.

I’ve also taken more courses and read more books about writing and business. I’ll continue that next year.

As Shadows on the Snow, Kendall and I had a lot of music come out. Kendall’s brilliant at getting the stuff out into the world. Thanks Kendall!

I managed to fit in a jaunt to Japan (hence the photo), which was fabulous. Almost a month there visiting Hiroshima, Kyoto and Naoshima Island among other places, sampling okonomiyaki (yum) and green tea ice cream (not so yum).

For the fourth year running I wrote every day (including on the trip, albeit slower). Also for the fourth year in a row, I wrote over a half a million words. Funny thing; the goal is 500,000, but I hit that on November 19th. With forty-one days left, I wondered what to do. Why not write another novel? So I ran with that. Athena Setting will came in at around 57,000 words and I’ve just finished it tonight, New Year’s Eve (squeaked in at 11.59). These days, it’s not often I’m up at midnight for new year, but there you go. I celebrated finishing the novel (as I usually do) by starting the next piece. Might even be a new novel.

For the first year since starting that word count, I also published over a half million (about 100,000 over that – not bad). I have more words (should say complete stories/novels) written this year and last, that haven’t made it out yet. Next year.

Next year’s goals remain the same, with clear additions. Write every  day, write a half million words, and publish ten novels. Also; learn a whole lot more around business and marketing and so on.

Happy New Year everyone.

 

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3 thoughts on “2015: The year that was

  1. Dane Tyler

    Congratulations on hitting your goals, Sean! Bravo!

    And congratulations on the publications too. Being hybrid can’t hurt anything, discoverability-wise. I want so much to take some of the online workshops with DWS/KKR this coming year, but money’s tough, and with nothing coming in from writing to recover the costs…well. 🙂

    Happy New Year. You’ve inspired me to try getting at least 300K words this year, by doing 1K a day. If I can keep that streak alive (starting today, Jan. 1!) I should far exceed my goal by year end. I’ll shoot for more if that comes easily. (Ha!)

    Here’s to 2016 and your unspectacular sales turning around. 🙂

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    1. Sean Monaghan Post author

      Very cool, thanks Dane. Yep, I really have to budget for those workshops. DWS/KKR offer some lectures too – about $50 a throw. No feedback as with the workshops, but there are some valuable pointers in them.

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      1. Dane Tyler

        I took a couple of the lectures. I’m sorry to say, those particular choices didn’t have much to offer me, but that’s not to say they weren’t any good. I’d guess I chose poorly. I have my eye on another one, and hope that will give me a shot in the arm.

        I’m already behind on my resolutions, too. Heh.

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