Final Goals of 2018 . . . And Beyond?

This year has been really rough for a variety of reasons.  Sales plunged into the dumpster and ignited.  War of Nytefall didn’t really take off.  Personal stuff went and still is going haywire.  It started with my son being terrified of the bus, but that thankfully ended by the next school year.  On a brighter side, I have a day job that I find fulfilling and am trying to find a way to get up a few levels.  Still, the overall theme of 2018 for me was destructive change to my  life.  I’ll try to be as positive as I can here, but it’s going to be tough and a few followers know why.

I tried to get a lot of editing done this week because I want to release War of Nytefall: Rivalry in April.  It didn’t go that smoothly, but not for bad reasons.  Last Sunday was a day in the city with one of my closest friends, which was a blast.  We need to hang out more often.  (By the way, I mean NYC when I say the city. Sorry.)  Monday was me waking up to help my oldest friend work on his house in the morning, which went as smoothly as our usual projects.  It all worked out, but the rain was an issue and a short guy like me isn’t the best to have work on a ladder.  Well, he did say I was all he had since it was Christmas Eve and I’m Jewish.  Tuesday was ‘AQUAMAN’ with the parents who thought I needed some cheering up.  They were right and it was a great movie.  The rest of the week was Lego, appointments, and other adventures with my son.  Both of us are back to school on Wednesday, so we’re trying our best to have a lot of family time.  That means editing is at night if I have the energy.

The rest of this post is about the future and I think I’m going to divide it up:

Bedlam

I thought long and hard about this, but I think the blog story is where the adventures of Cassidy and Lloyd Tenay are going to end.  With the job and other things, I only have so much time and energy to write.  As much as some people enjoy this story, I’ve had more people tell me that they aren’t fans.  It hurts to leave them in limbo, but I need to prioritize and put them on the shelf.  One reason for this seems to be that more people prefer my fantasy adventures than my dystopia.  I get the feeling that I’ve been pigeonholed and the bulk of my audience won’t follow me to other genres.  As you’re going to see in a bit, they might not even follow me to other stories.  Anyway, 2019 will be the last journey for Cassidy and Lloyd unless something major changes in terms of time, money, energy, and requests.  Sorry to those who enjoy them.

War of Nytefall

This is one of my core series, so it’s going to take priority.  I’m hoping to release Book 3 in April and Book 4 in December, but it depends on me getting things done.  Rivalry is going to need some non-me eyes at some point, which scares me.  A lot of people have offered help, but many of them talk about tearing it apart and rebuilding it.  Doesn’t help that it’s part of a series, which makes shredding it more difficult.  That’s not even the biggest challenge here.

As I said, it feels like much of my audience won’t follow me to other genres.  They see this series as ‘vampire’ instead of ‘fantasy’ even though it takes place in Windemere and is written like an adventure story.  I’ve also heard complaints that Clyde isn’t like Luke Callindor and Mab isn’t like Nyx.  Seems people want me to write more Legends of Windemere and my new series is getting hurt because of that.  Well, the champions are done.  I need to write this one to get to the next one because I’ve got all of the Windemere adventures planned out to create a specific story.  If I stuck with the first series then it would get stale and lose its appeal.  Really wish I could do more to draw people to War of Nytefall, but many have made their opinions known in private that they didn’t want me to end my first series.  This has been a major part of my frustration all year because I simply can’t give people what they want.  That’s just reality here because I have no more champion stories to tell.

Ichabod Brooks

While he isn’t being retired like Bedlam, it will take time to get another collection out there.  It has been suggested that I put his stories up here and then publish, which is an option.  He could take the Thursday slot after Bedlam.  Yet, I need to write some things first, which requires time.  For now, Ichabod is going to be a side project in the truest sense of the word.  If I don’t have time for Nytefall then I’ll work on Ichabod and use him as a mental cleanser between editing runs and new writing for the core series.  This means he will return some day since people want that.  Should point out that many seem to claim they love Ichabod in the same breath they say they aren’t big fans of Bedlam.  That’s another reason I’m doing this because it feels like I had to pick one or the other due to limited time.

That’s really it for projects and plans.  Not much else to say here.  Just going to post the goals of the week, add a video, and head out.

  1. Finish editing War of Nytefall: Rivalry.
  2. Figure out how to get more editing done without an alpha reader.
  3. Enjoy New Years Eve.
  4. Play Lego Star Wars II with son.
  5. Finish reading Rave Master.
  6. Go back to work.
  7. Prepare the Sunday posts for January that will be Top 5 2018 posts.
  8. Prepare Derailing Bedlam and Teaser Tuesday posts for February and March.
  9. Possibly start writing War of Nytefall: Eradication.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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42 Responses to Final Goals of 2018 . . . And Beyond?

  1. Darlene says:

    Happy New Year, Charles. One day at a time. XO

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  2. I have to applaud your direction here. If your fan base can’t sustain Bedlem then It may not be worth continuing. The important point is to write for fun and relaxation (as much as that is possible) Happy New Year, Charles.

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  3. I’m very sorry for you, Charles. One year of setbacks is just one year (though it sounds like a really bad one); look at all the books you’ve published before and know that you will publish more going forward.

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  4. C.E.Robinson says:

    Charles, Happy New Year! Think ahead, not back! There’s a lot of good to take into, and add to 2019. Stay on the positive side of life as much as you can. Good thoughts! 📚🥳 Christine

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  5. Happy New Year, Charles. You have a busy time ahead of you.

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  6. L. Marie says:

    Keep going, Charles. People are going to have opinions, but in the long run you have to do what’s best for you. I’m glad you got a chance to do things that helped lighten the load. (I hope to see Aquaman soon.) Hoping for the best for you in the new year.

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  7. Your decission makes sense. Also, that happens a lot when an author writes more in a particular genre than any other. It’s annoying, but it is what it is. All you can really do is write the stories you need to write, and hope at least some of your fans will stand by you, regardless of what those stories are. Anyway, good luck with your goals for the coming week. Enjoy your time with your son. Oh, and happy new year!

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  8. Everyone needs a plan. Yours sounds logical to me. I may be lucky in that I didn’t introduce myself to the world with a big series. Some of my own stories have additional places they could go, but without sales on the published book, I didn’t spend the resources on a follow up. That is about to change, but I know where you’re coming from.

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    • That is the downside to a series. While you do establish a large world and create a winding character development that draws people in, you can lock yourself in place. Weird thing is that I don’t remember this happening to fantasy authors when I was a kid. Maybe I just wasn’t paying attention.

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      • Sometimes we have to face facts, and sometimes we don’t. I knew before I started that Enhanced League likely didn’t have a big audience for it. I had to write it anyway. I enjoyed it too. No regrets on that front.

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      • I think I was caught off guard by how much the audience drop was between Legends and Nytefall. I had a slight inking that Bedlam would have trouble, but the positive blog response gave me hope.

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      • Blog response is always positive. People aren’t going to step forward and say, “Don’t write that!” That’s kind of why I forge ahead with my crazy ideas anyway. Someday there will be an algorithm for that too. Dwarven fantasy ranks XYZ on the Yallowitz meter for reception by a wider audience. However, sparkly fairies ranks ABC, maybe you should write that instead. This is just before robots start writing our books.

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      • Sparkly fairies always take the top spot. Poor gooey goblins never get a mention too. Didn’t a robot or program write a story this year?

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  9. Charles, I’m trying to go traditional but in regards to series, they say not to write the next book in the series unless the first one sells. I’d really like to write more but if it doesn’t pick up, I’ll just have to turn elsewhere. I sympathize with you, not wanting to. I don’t want to either but it may not be up to me. Take heart though, you will find something else that takes off. Good luck in the new year!

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    • Well, I can’t do that now, but that does put me in a bad spot. All of my Windemere series are connected. If one fails then I’m pretty much sunk. The alternative is to write whatever the trend is and that’s another cage at times.

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      • I don’t think writing to the trends helps. You have to go your own road. All the bestsellers have stumbled here and there with something not working. And I wouldn’t give up your world at all. It’s the story, the characters that matter. Maybe there’s a new idea to explore using your world you’ve spent such time on already. I set aside a series I spent forever on but then, I borrowed bits and pieces of it for a new story. Mine what you can. Don’t give up! A way exists!

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      • Please don’t be discouraged! Exceptions apply to every saying. On the other side, I’m hearing that traditional is the death knell of all things and Indie is the future of publishing.

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      • I’ve heard that too. Not sure how much I agree though. Might just be my current pessimism though.

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      • I know that both sides are struggling right now. Indies say not to go traditional. Traditional says not to go Indie. They say the publishing industry is in a turmoil right now and that it’s going to get worse before it gets better. But I choose to hope that both sides can co-exist and draw strength from each other. After all, we’re in this for the readers. Not to keep them all to ourselves but to allow them to read as many of us as they can.

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      • Been hoping for a long time that the two sides can find a way to work with each other. It’s really a shame that after so many years, the divide seems to be worse.

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      • I know. I see advantages to both sides.

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  10. It sounds like you’re being responsive to your audience, but the idea that you’re being pigeonholed into what they want, that sounds frustrating. Best of luck for the new year, writing and otherwise.

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  11. Jennie says:

    Happy New Year, Charles.

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