Okay, I’m mature in years but wet behind the ears in terms of publishing. Inasmuch as I would love to not be perpetually broke, I do love to write and I would love to continue to do so, and share my writing with those who also appreciate and enjoy it. My philosophy is that even if only 10 people read and enjoy my work, that is still 10 people who appreciate it and have gleaned some satisfaction. That’s what we writers do, ain’t it? I have written my first novel in the sci-fi genre and envisage a long series, but understand this will be a labour of love. My plan is to self publish, control the rights, and build up a fan base. This is my plan and I would really appreciate feedback. June 2016 1st draft complete, send out to betas. Update website (Facebook page at the moment) with teasers relating to the novel (authentic and fabricated scientific articles, music, cartoons, poetry, videos) to give an insight and promote interest. Promote by word of mouth at comic cons, scientific groups, with friends, etc. (over the next 12 months) July 2016 Depending on beta feedback, rewrite or send to some agents for initial feelers. Commence writing 2nd part of novel series August 2016 1st draft of 2nd part complete October 2016 Go back to work on 1st draft of 1st part. Selected betas to read 2nd part November 2016 Finalise desired flow of website teasers and add a link to a prequel chapter not in actual novel but to display themes and style of writing. January 2017 Commence routes to self-publish. February 2017 Go back to work on 2nd draft of 2nd part. Any hints, tips and suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.