Another year gone by, and my first full year as a full-time writer. Has it been fun? Definitely. Has it been chalenging? Far more than I thought it would, especially in the last few months as Amazon and the eBook world made some big changes that affected me and every other indie author out there. Would I change anything? Not on your life.
Here is my recap of everything I published in 2012 and my honest opinions now that some of it has some distance. In 2011 I released 25 things, and in 2012 it was 23.
On the 3rd the anthology Skeletal Remains came out, a project Keith Gouveia offered to me once the original publisher had some problems. I accepted, since I had a story in it, and I loved the idea and the other stories. I think it’s a strong anthology that got little fanfare, which is a shame. The 16th saw the release of the non-fiction Zombie Writing! book, where I put together 44 great authors with their own ideas and thoughts about writing zombie stories. I love this book, and I’m amazed at some of the great authors who agreed to help me with this. Finally, on the 23rd I released Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer, which was the prequel to Dying Days. It amassed some of the short stories about Darlene I’d written, and I added new ones to fill in some of the time.
Nothing released for me. Not by me, anyway. It was a month of stupidly counting all the money flowing in from Amazon, seeing my sales hit a couple thousand, and being an arroogant prick. I know it, you know it. I got full of myself, but luckily I also kept writing and kept promoting.
The 12th saw the release of Dying Days 2, a book I am quite proud of. It kept the Darlene story going, added some twists, and introduced a slew of new characters I could write for years to come, if I wanted to.
On April Fool’s I released Bones. Death. Cenote, a three-story eBook release. It features the unnamed reporter from my Skeletal Remains release and two new stories. I hope to someday go back to this character, because it was interesting to write about South America. On the 11th I put together a huge release called Metal Queens Complete, with all eight issues of the original non-fiction series. Sadly, I doubt I’ll have time to ever dive back into this series like I want to. On the 12th of April Undead Tales 2 was released, the followup to the successful Undead Tales anthology. While it had some phenomenal stories, it lacked the immediate star power of the first book, and sales have been sluggish, to be honest. It has long legs, however, and I hope it sees some steady sales in 2013.
Another month of no new releases, but much writing done. Sales were starting to slide a bit but there was no need to panic. I was still doing well, and so was my indie brethren.
The only release was a cool one, when the Dying Days audiobook came out on the 4th, read by the wonderful Amanda Lehman. It was very cool to hear my words being read aloud.
The month was geared toward my Keyport Cthulhu series, with the first two parts coming out: Ancient on the 4th and Barren on the 26th. The five-part series is a nice departure from my zombie stuff, and the real-life and creepy town of Keyport New Jersey makes for a nice moody setting. The cover art for all five by Jeffrey Kosh is also amazing.
On the 25th, Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days was released, with 13 short stories set in the Dying Days world and introducing both new and old characters. On the 29th the first Miami Spy Games ‘episode’ was released by Hobbes End Publishing, the start of 12 short stories I wrote in 2012 for them. It is one of my favorite things to write, and I hope to have a longer blog post about it in the days ahead.
Another wash of a month, but I had some personal things to deal with and came out the other end of them relatively unscathed. I did get out my second audiobook and one of my favorite stories I’ve ever written, when Kevin Giffin narrated Death Metal.
On the 20th my Tool Shed horror novella came out via Angelic Knight Press, and it is one of my favorite traditional horror stories I’ve ever written. I hope more people take a chance on it, because it was a fun story to write and I hope a good one to read.
December 5th saw the release of my first collaboration, when author Tim Baker and I wrote a wonderful tale, combining my Dying Days zombie world and some of my main characters, with characters from his own thrillers set in the area. The result, Dying Days: The Siege of European Village, has so far been a big hit in the Flagler/palm Coast Florida area where it is set, and from fans of both of us. The 7th saw my Skulls And Bones collection in print, with a combination of my Skulls and Bones. Death. Cenote collections in one spot. The third Keyport Cthulhu short story, Cabal, was finally released on the 16th. I also combined four Dying Days novellas into one big release with the Dying Days Collection, out on the 16th as well. The print version clocks in at nearly 400 pages. Finally, I ended 2012 with the complete run of Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun, with all 12 episodes in one big release. I’m quite proud of this one and crossing my fingers Hobbes End Publishing let’s me keep writing the ACES team in 2013 and beyond.