December 2015 Goals

I didn’t get a chance to do everything on my November list, which is kinda sad since it only had two items on it.  Still, I got the big one done.

November goals:

  • (100%) Complete first draft of The Operative
  • (0%) Plan my convention list for next year and get on some panels

 

Here are my December goals.  Another short, but extremely busy, list:

  • Complete a pass or two of revisions on The Operative so I can send it out to first readers
  • Plan my convention list for next year and get on some panels

November 2015 Goals

A bit late, but here they are:

October Goals:

  • (ongoing) Continue first draft of The Operative
  • (0%) Plan my convention list for next year

As you can see, I’ve been so busy with The Operative that I didn’t get much else done.

Here are the November goals:

  • Complete first draft of The Operative
  • Plan my convention list for next year and get on some panels

 

October 2015 Goals

Let’s start with a recap of the September Goals:

  • (50%) Redo outline for The Operative (Courier book 2) based on Sheila’s feedback.
  • (100%) Complete page proofs for The Courier.
  • (100%) Continue first draft of The Operative.

It’s not good if don’t finish something your publisher wants.  I got too involved in writing the darn thing.

So here’s the October goals:

  • Continue first draft of The Operative
  • Plan my convention list for next year and get on some panels.

Short but sweet.  There’s a lot of work ahead.

 

New Book(s) Announcement

I am so pleased to announce the sale of The Operative and The Rebel to Sheila Gilbert at DAW, by Sara Megibow at kt literary. Film: Jerry Kalajian of IPG.

Back in July, I finished polishing the first fifty pages of The Operative and completed the synopsis.  I also added a small blurb for book three in the series, The Rebel.  Sheila and I had the opportunity to talk at Worldcon in Spokane, Washington and went over a few changes.  A couple of weeks later I got a call from Sara – an offer had been made.  The planned schedule is for 2017 and 2018 release dates.  I’ll let you know more when I find out.

I’m currently working on getting The Operative finished.

Praise for The Courier:

Gerald Brandt’s The Courier is a stunning debut: a fast-paced cyberpunky story of a future Los Angeles with a kick-ass heroine you’ll never forget. A terrific book from a distinctive new voice; I’m looking forward to many more books from this author.
— Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night​

 

http://ktliterary.com/2015/09/sold-congratulations-to-gerald-brandt/

 

September 2015 Goals

It looks like I missed a few goal postings.  Let’s see if I can do better.

My last goals were:

  • (100 %) Attend the Rocky Mountain Writers Retreat, and write write write.
  • (100 %) Finish polishing pages for Courier 2.
  • (100 %) Complete outline of Courier 2.
  • (100 %) Create simple small synopsis for Courier 3.
  • (100 %) Get Courier 2 package to Sara at kt literary, and maybe the brief synopsis for Courier 3.

Overall, pretty good.  There was a fair amount of hard work in there.

Last month I attended WorldCon and had a discussion with my editor (Sheila Gilbert at DAW) about book two, so that helps me create my goals for September:

  • Redo outline for The Operative (Courier book 2) based on Sheila’s feedback.
  • Complete page proofs for The Courier.
  • Continue first draft of The Operative.

This is a shorter list, but a lot of work.

The Courier – Cover Reveal

Over the last couple of weeks, I attended two conventions: When Words Collide in Calgary, Alberta (a must for writers of genre fiction), and Sasquan/Worldcon in Spokane, Washington. A lot of wonderful things happened at Worldcon, but one of my highlights is the cover of The Courier.

I saw a few sample covers a while back, and via a phone call with my editor, we chose the one we like the best. That sample was rough and in black and white only. Once I saw the the cover in all its color glory, I loved it even more. I hope you like it as much as I do.

The Courier front cover

June 2015 Goals

First, a summary of how I did on last months goals.

  • (100 %) KeyCon is coming up fast.  I’m on several panels, and I have a reading planned.  I’ll be reading fromThe Courier, due out in March, 2016 from DAW.
  • (70%) Complete and polish the first 50 pages of the second Courier book, tentatively call The Novice.
  • (70%) Complete the scene list for The Novice.

So, not too bad, I guess.  My reading at Keycon went okay.  I’ll need to practice more before the books launch.

For June, this is what I hope to do:

  • Attend the Rocky Mountain Writers Retreat, and write write write.
  • Finish polishing pages for Courier 2.
  • Complete outline of Courier 2.
  • Create simple small synopsis for Courier 3.
  • Get Courier 2 package to Sara at kt literary, and maybe the brief synopsis for Courier 3.

That’s quite a lot, especially considering this post is late — it’s already June 10!

May Goals

I’m going to steal a page from Chadwick Ginther‘s book, and try posting monthly goals here.  I’m hoping that  going public with my goals will on a somewhat monthly basis will not only help me keep them, but help me understand why I didn’t achieve all I wanted to.

 

Keep in mind that these are my writing goals only.  Anything else doesn’t really belong here, and a lot of it can interfere with the writing.

  • KeyCon is coming up fast.  I’m on several panels, and I have a reading planned.  I’ll be reading from The Courier, due out in March, 2016 from DAW.
  • Complete and polish the first 50 pages of the second Courier book, tentatively call The Novice.
  • Complete the scene list for The Novice.

It doesn’t sound like much when listed out, but there’s a ton of work in the last two points.

Cover Artist for The Courier

cover_reveal_rockstarThings are moving along here.  Sheila Gilbert, my editor at DAW, and I had a great discussion about the cover design for The Courier.  She wanted to get Cliff Nielsen, the artist for Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones series, Tanya Huff’s The Silvered, E.C. Ambroses’s Dark Apostle series, and many, many more.

His dark and gritty work is simply phenomenal, and I’m really looking forward to what he comes up with.

You can see some of his work here.  and here.

Keycon 2015 Schedule

I’ll be at KeyCon in Winnipeg again this year.  Here is my tentative schedule:

Sat, 10am- Your Query Package
How to ‘lure’ in an agent and/or editor

Sat, 12pm- Reading (with Adam Knight)
I’ll be reading from ‘The Courier’, my novel coming out from DAW next March.
I’ll be sharing the hour with Adam Knight.  I’m not sure what he’ll be reading.

Sat, 4pm – Establishing Setting
I don’t have a long description for this one, but the title is fairly clear, I think.

Sun, 3pm – Blue Pencil Sessions
If you have a work in progress, or something you’re ready to submit, I can take a look at the first few pages and give you my opinion on them.

Times may change, keep an eye on the updated schedules at the Con.

This promises to be a great year at KeyCon, hope to see you there!