I have an tentative schedule of goals for 2015, so in a manner of speaking, you can call the following post my “new year’s resolution”, but before any of that, some baseline statistics and then some ridiculous graphs to plot out my goals for 2015.
We are going to science. Pretty sweet.
Regardless of how long I have been an active writer, I have been self publishing since February 2012. February of 2015 will be my 3 year anniversary and I have a good chunk of short stories and novellas to show for it. If you glanced at my Books page on this blog, you probably counted about one each month…well, that’s not entirely accurate. “The Endless Abyss” was a huge novel I wrote before I self published and I didn’t actually publish it until late 2012. Two points:
It was already written.
And I serialized the book for publication, meaning I split it up into separate books (3) and I also published the complete collection later on.
That’s 4 books that won’t count in my baseline data. Just throw out 110,000 words of a novel I wrote long before I self published. The reason I am throwing it out isn’t because it doesn’t sell copies or anything like that. It does. In fact, it performs better than some of my other books, but I want to know two things:
How much have I written since I began self publishing?
What was the rate at which I wrote, noting the changes.
The following chart displays my cumulative word count over the course of my publications.
Note: These word counts are the final word counts of each book after editing, deletions, scrapping chapters, etc. They will be less than my finished rough drafts.
Note #2: I revise much of my work while writing it, erasing sentences often and re-writing. In all honesty, the numbers shown could arguably be doubled, but for the sake of brevity, we’ll assume that my revising is relative to the word count for each book. (It’s not)
- By the end of 2012, I had written 50,000 words over the course of 10 months. That’s 5,000 words a month.
- The year of 2013, however, was not a kind one. The Endless Abyss was published during this year in all it’s volumes, so writing short fiction took a back seat to other endeavors. I published roughly 1600 words a month, not counting those tomes.
- However, 2014 was when the year kicked off. The pace was about the same as 2013, but this was misleading. During the months before the spike we see on the second half of 2014, I was writing the books that would be published later that year. Altogether, I wrote 5,000 words a month.
- However, one thing to look at was the momentum from NaNoWriMo, which probably helped crank out “Tales from the Colony” in one month. If I could keep that momentum…well, let’s show another graph…
- The above chart focuses on my forward momentum for the last 6 months of 2014. NaNoWriMo proved to me that with a little dedication, I can easily make the time to write 10,000 – 15,000 words in a month.
- Thus the graph above shows a rather ambitious projection if I were to write a modicum 10,000 words a month for the remainder of 2015. In essence, I would double the word count of my previous 3 years of self publishing combined.
Granted, I think it may be unreasonable to assume that I can start of 2015 with that goal in mind. However, let me show one last piece of data:
My average word count per book
Not 15,000 or 10,000. 7,500. That’s all I have to write a month to publish my “average” book. That number may change, but essentially that’s my goal. Just that much a month and I can double the last two years combined.