Do you know what happens after you’ve written a book?
It’s not one of those expected questions you’ll hear at a Meet The Author event. What do you do after you finish a book? Or maybe it is. I’ve yet to attend such an event, either as guest or guest of honor. I’m basing my assumption on all the interviews I’ve read or listened to with my favorite authors.
Oh sure, you hear about the book signings and whatnot.
But what about the next story idea? The next project? Some of the authors I edit for can answer that question without missing a beat. Writers like Colin F Barnes and David Beers, Jasper T Scott and Zoe Markham. They’re writing or editing everyday, and if they’re not, they’re doing something related to a writing project.
Researching, plotting, outlining, or, a personal favorite, retaining the services of an editor and locking in future dates for when the manuscript is drafted (I’m booked through October, fyi).
All of this got me thinking about a woodshop project I started two months ago.
After I finished last year’s Christmas dollhouse for my daughters, I got to thinking that it’d be nice to have a kit I could return to, building it again and again, with variations, and maybe making a little extra dough on the side. A cottage industry alongside my stay-at-home-dad editing business.
Something I could always point to if asked What are you working on next?
The lessons learned in the Christmas project were varied and numerous. When to assemble the walls to the base (do it after you’ve completed the interior!) What kind of joinery to use when assembling floors and walls (dados are your best friend!)
No surprise that learning from a first effort translated pretty well to my follow up novel to Gods of Chicago. I started on Gods of New Orleans two months ago, right about the time I cut out the base and exterior walls for Dollhouse Mark II. As of this writing I’m at the 45% mark with the dollhouse. Somewhere around the 5% mark with the second novel.
Both are slow going, but just like those authors named above, I’m able to point to either project and say with confidence that it’s a work in progress, and I can even offer an expected date of completion.
Stay tuned, hey? And stay in touch.