I "completed" my first novel about two years ago, so I suppose this progress journal should begin with some backtracking. When I say "completed" I mean I put the final punctuation mark on the final word of the final chapter of the first draft. After that, it's been edits, edits, edits, and scrambling around, deciding what to do with it. Now, two years later, it's out there in the ether. I chose to self-publish for a number of reasons, mainly because I want to stay in total control of my work. I value that freedom more than I value profits and I believe the self-pub stigma is rapidly deteriorating. The proof copies I received from Createspace can sit on my bookshelf and look indistinguishable from any traditionally published paperback. I even bought my own ISBNs and created my own imprint, Wordsmith Wonderland. (I'm not trying to hide that it's self-pubbed. I just feel the imprint adds that extra bit of professionalism and I plan to use the name Wordsmith Wonderland when I get my website/blog up and running. It's branding, plain and simple.) On October 10, 2014, my first novel, The Light at the End of the Wormhole, went live. It is the first book of my Infinite Charter series, a character-driven sci-fi adventure set 200 years in the future. Book 1: The Light at the End of the Wormhole: done and published, 115,000 words Book 2: The Gallery of God's Wrath: still outlining, wanna start writing on Nov 1st Book 3: The Dark Side of the Sun: lol, what? I've been putting off making this thread, which is probably a clear sign that I really need one of these. I wish this could be all about my writing progress, since that is what I love most (and has been missing from my life for the last few months) but this thread will likely be clogged with my (mis)adventures in marketing and social media nonsense. So **deep breath** here we go... I, Brandon Stephens (aka AnonyMouse) hereby solemly swear to you, the noble inhabitants of WritingForums.org, that I will keep you updated on my "progress"... whatever the hell that means. I will try to regularly post updates here and sales figures, when they start rolling in. This week's Goals: -- Send review requests to bloggers. No one wants a book that has no editorial reviews. -- Do something on Twitter. C'mon, dude, people don't even know this book exists yet! -- Finish my Shelfari page, as well as my Author Central profile. Goodreads, too, though that might come next week. This Month's (October) Goals: -- Put books in the hands of at least five reviewers -- Get ready for NaNoWriMo. I need to get started on The Gallery of God's Wrath, which I'm dying to write. After months of dealing with ebook formatting, cover designers, and last-minute edits, I just wanna WRITE! Can't wait to start penning the next phase of this journey.