The seemingly perpetually disappointing task of finding an agent continues, but I vow to not give up until I find one who will at least read Limits all the way through! Persistence is key here, and I have decided that I will submit to at least one agent per day for the next two years until I get a positive result. (It’s my understanding that most people get at least 250 rejections before they get signed.) I know they’re busy and they get a lot of very-well formulated queries for some extremely poorly written books, so I will continue until I can show one the quality of my writing.
But this post is about the future. So, what’s in store?
I’m well on my way to finishing the first draft for CEO (working title; I have the real title but am not ready to reveal it just yet). CEO is the story of Michael Newburgh, who invented the technology that makes the ship in the book Limits possible. It starts in 1984 and ends somewhere around 2030, maybe later, depending on how it goes (Limits is set somewhere around the year 2150). As of today, I have a little over 500 pages, so it’ll be a long one, but I want to tell as much of the story that’s relevant as possible. After editing, it’ll likely be shorter, but still substantially longer than Limits.
I hope to have CEO close to completion before November, which, as of course you all know, is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and I owe Tom Creek at least two episodes. In fact, once I’ve finished the first draft of CEO, I want to write the rest of Season Two of Tom Creek. That’ll take at least another year. After that, I’ll need to go back to the universe that I created in Limits, because there’s a lot more I can write:
Cres is the story of…well, Cres. She’s the lead in Limits, and this book will talk about her life, from her point of view. It hopefully explains why she is the way she is. I’m actually very excited to write a book from a female character’s perspective, and can’t wait to get that started.
Alex, likewise, is the story of Alex. Just like Cres will explain her background, Alex explains his. It’ll also tie in nicely with CEO, because he’ll reveal a lot of the history of the company that happens after CEO ends.
Return. Surprise! Alex and Cres aren’t done yet, and will be reunited in this book. I don’t know all the details yet, but it will likely tell the story of them going to Atlantis together. The question is: at the end, will they come back to Earth together, or is one of them going to stay behind? Honestly, even I don’t know that yet. But it’ll be interesting (to say the least) to have them back together.
And then there are a bunch of other novels that I want to write. Here are a few of the ideas that I have right now:
Tom Creek. He deserves five full seasons but will get at least three, so those will be written in between other books.
Rights. This will be a story about self-aware robotic sex workers who believe that they should have rights, and not simply be used the way they are. I envision this one to become quite graphic, and not for the kiddos. I’ve had this one in my head for about seven years, and the idea is based on Buster’s Law (link), but for self-aware robots instead of animals.
Spiral. After a car accident, the lead character gets addicted to pain killers and moves on to stronger drugs. This will be about how society fails those who are vulnerable, just because there’s a dollar to be made.
To be honest, this is probably all I can do for the foreseeable future. Four more seasons of Tom Creek and five complete novels will take around 20 years, so I don’t want to plan much beyond that at this point. If, by miracle, I can become a full-time author, then things may change, and I might be able to add to my list, but for now, I want to stop there.
So there you have it: the future for my writing as I see it. Life is extremely unpredictable, as recent events have shown us, so I have no idea if I’ll be able to do everything that’s listed here. But you always have to have a plan!
I promise I’ll be better at keeping you updated, and who knows, maybe some day I’ll actually find an agent, sell my books, and you might be able to buy one at your local, independent bookstore. I’ll gladly sign it for you if you like!