At a weird crossroads over here career-wise. Retooling the business model, doing taxes and tying up loose ends for the old way of doing things. This industry changes quickly, and when you’re a guy like me who writes, publishes, edits, designs, draws, blogs, reviews, does interviews, networks, markets, makes appearance, does signings, answers fan mail, and more . . . being on the go on top of an almost-always-moving industry sometimes makes for, well–stagnancy. Ever hear the phrase, “You’re moving so fast you’re standing still”?
I’ve been busy as all get out behind-the-scenes, but with it being business tax season, I’m stuck simply crunching numbers, keeping track of eleven computer screens, and trying to pick at a project or two all the while maintaining contact with those who work with me.
June 15 is the tax deadline, which means I need to be done around June 10 so I can get the crate of tax papers over to my accountant by then so she can make the filing deadline.
After June 10–which just so happens to run into Man of Steel weekend–I plan on taking a few days off and chilling out playing DC Universe Online, spend time with the kids and just be a goob for a few days.
But I have a plan in place for what you can expect from me this year, as always the Central Canada Comic Con being the big show and my main deadline for releases.
I’m taking pre-orders on Getting Down and Digital: How to Self-publish Your Book. I’ve been at this game nine years and make my living self-publishing so I know a thing or two about it, and have been making a living at it before all this Kindle hype nonsense. $20 gets you a copy of the book, shipping included, and a signature. Please email if interested. This book is due out mid-late June.
After that, hopefully out in June as well are two anthologies I’m editing: Metahumans vs Werewolves, the follow up to Metahumans vs the Undead, and Bigfoot Terror Tales Vol. 3.
Over the summer, I hope to release Bigfoot Terror Tales Vol. 4 as well, and finish serializing Zomtropolis here on the blog–we’re about 3/4 through the book right now–so I can publish a revised and polished edition by C4.
Episode No. 2 of the Axiom-man Saga is due out during the summer, hopefully, with another full length Axiom-man book due by the con.
I also have a few other things planned, like the print versions of Axiom-man comics Nos. 3 and 4, Canister X No. 4, my superhero movie review book, the first volume of collected letters and correspondance, and my super secret project. It does seem like an awful lot, but a good chunk of the above are almost done and just need to be wrapped up, but with it being tax season, my hands are tied until I finish that. Then I can go at blinding speed and things will be flying out of the gate.
This is where things stand. Just frustrating on my end because I feel like I could really be moving on some things but have to say, “Hang on, just wait,” for a little while longer until I wrap up the important things that keep me out of jail, like filing my taxes on time and making an honest and thorough claim of my income. This leads me to double checking, even triple checking, all my math, thus why it’s slowgoing.
Anyway, just keeping you up-to-date. Really looking forward to the new business model because there will be more books and comics from me more frequently as a result.