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borisbelderian

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Working On 36 Books At The Same Time
Posted: Apr 28, 2012 1:26 PM
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I know, it's a bear. I have a master list of 176 books ideas and have singled out the top 36 for publishing. Should I go with the most complete ones first, the ones the most furthest along... or start the new ones? Any ideas would be helpful.

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1001nightspress

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Re: Working On 36 Books At The Same Time
Posted: Apr 28, 2012 1:36 PM   in response to: borisbelderian in response to: borisbelderian
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I like to work on several projects at once (well, like to and have to!). Best is when they're all in different stages--this one needs a first draft, that one an outline, that one's in copy edits, that one needs a cover. Then when I'm stuck with one stage of one project, I can shift to something else.

I make a schedule for myself by working backwards from deadlines. That is, I have a master calendar, and I write in the deadlines that come from other people (that I absolutely have to make), and then I pencil in deadlines for my own stuff (that can slip if they have to). I check that every morning when I start work, and make sure I put in work on the big things and things due soon, and then reward myself with something fun or less pressing as a break.

I think 36 books at once would be overwhelming for me, but that's just me! I normally have 3-5 books I'm writing and 2-3 books I'm doing major editing (production or content editing) and 2-3 I'm doing copy editing for at one time, and that's all I can comfortably handle. In the back of my mind are future projects, of course.

If you want to be publishing all of these, and they're all starting at 0 (that was my impression from your post?), then I'd stagger the work so that you can publish them one after another. That is, make sure you have some that you are finishing, that you're not spending the next 9 months only working on middles and not actually completing anything. But don't have too much time between finished products--when one is ready to publish, the next should be close, and so on down the line.
borisbelderian

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Re: Working On 36 Books At The Same Time
Posted: Apr 28, 2012 1:49 PM   in response to: 1001nightspress in response to: 1001nightspress
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Some are 3/4 of the way, some 1/2 way, some 1/4 of the way and others are starting from scratch. I start with the title, once I have that, I begin the process of the blurb, then the characters, then the step outline and slowly start filling everything in.

I use visualization techniques for the various stages... and will also be publishing a series of books to explain those techniques. I wish I could let some of U know what those techniques are, but I want to publish the books instead.
1001nightspress

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Re: Working On 36 Books At The Same Time
Posted: Apr 28, 2012 1:52 PM   in response to: borisbelderian in response to: borisbelderian
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LOL... I'm fine with my own schedule, don't worry. Non-fiction (of the type I do) is a pretty different animal from fiction anyway. But if you can write about your technique and publish it too, that's two birds w/one stone, perhaps, so go for it!

I think the staggered approach is good from a marketing perspective, because then you always have something new to mention and promote, as well as a backlist to benefit.
borisbelderian

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Re: Working On 36 Books At The Same Time
Posted: Apr 28, 2012 1:56 PM   in response to: 1001nightspress in response to: 1001nightspress
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I was thinking of doing 8 books within a 6 month period... one new book every 3 weeks. People's attention span is so short nowadays, what do you think???

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1001nightspress

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Posted: Apr 28, 2012 2:11 PM   in response to: borisbelderian in response to: borisbelderian
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Well, it depends on the author, and whether the book is a series, perhaps. There aren't that many authors I wait for, though there are some--I get an email notification whenever Jasper Fforde has a new book out, for example. I don't mind waiting months for his stuff.

But I'm more likely to pick up a book, like it, and then look for previously published work by that author, instead of waiting weeks for something new by that author.

Can't say how other readers work, of course. But I think a 3-week schedule is pretty good.
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Re: Working On 36 Books At The Same Time
Posted: Apr 28, 2012 2:19 PM   in response to: borisbelderian in response to: borisbelderian
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Finally! I'm not alone in the world. I think I have writing ADHD. I have a hard time focusing on one project until it's done. I hop around so much that it takes me a long time to get something finished.
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Re: Working On 36 Books At The Same Time
Posted: Apr 28, 2012 2:23 PM   in response to: borisbelderian in response to: borisbelderian
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Honestly, if I had that many unfinished books, I'd concentrate on finishing one of them
borisbelderian

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Posted: Apr 28, 2012 2:24 PM   in response to: etspress in response to: etspress
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I actually was diagnosed with ADD (not ADHD) at age 33. It changed my life. I always wanted to be a writer from the time I was 8 years old. I've never been happier writing... the love is there for the stories and the words.

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Posted: Apr 28, 2012 2:25 PM   in response to: waynekernochan in response to: waynekernochan
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waynekernochan

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Re: Working On 36 Books At The Same Time
Posted: Apr 28, 2012 2:28 PM   in response to: borisbelderian in response to: borisbelderian
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What I mean to say, is put your mind into one. It sounds like your thinking is all over the place. Forget the rest, and get the second one done

Anything that distracts me from the one I'm working on I end up regretting
borisbelderian

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Re: Working On 36 Books At The Same Time
Posted: Apr 28, 2012 2:30 PM   in response to: borisbelderian in response to: borisbelderian
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There is a prequel coming called The Shunned, the Cursed and the Damned (D.D.O.B.) This book introduces the Valda character. It's the one I'm 3/4 of the way complete.

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Re: Working On 36 Books At The Same Time
Posted: Apr 28, 2012 3:35 PM   in response to: etspress in response to: etspress
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Oh, neither of you are alone. At one point, I had over 200 different WIP!

I cull them each year, but even after the last cull, I still have about 170 or so in various stages, from almost finished to just a few snippets and a lot of notes.

I usually have 3-4 within reach to work on, but have been known to set'em all aside and go file diving to see what else I might want to work on instead, if one of them gives me any lip. ;)
borisbelderian

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Re: Working On 36 Books At The Same Time
Posted: Apr 28, 2012 3:51 PM   in response to: gldrummond in response to: gldrummond
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200!!!!! Beat me by 24!!!

I knew I wasn't alone in this!

The real issue is going to be the film rights to the books. I 'HATE HOLLYWOOD'... and I'm very passionate about that hatred. In my author bio it clearly states that I'm an anti-Hollywood author and an anti-publishing house author. Hollywood screws with the authors work. They utilize a pecking order system where the author who creates the work is 15th on the list, with the actors wife, the producers girlfriend, etc. ahead of you in regards to decisions made to your work.

Hollywood also uses something called 'creative accounting' to show that the film shows no profit. Writers need to show some spine when it comes to Hollywood, in my opinion.

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1001nightspress

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Re: Working On 36 Books At The Same Time
Posted: Apr 28, 2012 3:59 PM   in response to: borisbelderian in response to: borisbelderian
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I think this would look more like a book cover if you put the title and author's name on it.
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