I’m Doing It!
In my 67th year, three years ago, I started a challenge to publish 67 books in my 67th year. Then things kind of went sideways with a life roll and because Kris was so sick I moved her down here to Las Vegas just after the first of the year and then had to clean out our big house and the challenge went by the wayside. (I think I still got out about thirty books, but that was all momentum from the fall.)
So now, since I just turned 70, I am tempting fate and going to do the challenge again. That’s right!!
I am going to publish 70 books in my 70th year on this planet.
Only a few people have had the courage to try the publishing one-book-a-month for 12 months challenge. I will need to average about 6 published books a month to give you some perspective.
So after a good talk with Kris and with Allyson, they both think I should go for it and so do I. (Thank you both for being so positive on such a crazy idea.)
Basically I am going to use the Isaac Asimov’s counting rule. (How he got to about 700 books in his lifetime.) No individual short stories count (too easy), but any book that is major title meaning any book I edited or that I wrote with my name as author or editor on the cover.
Here is what I will count as books:
— Novellas that stand alone
— Collections (of my short stories)
— Pulphouse Fiction Magazine issues
— Smith’s Monthly issues (a large collection, basically)
— Nonfiction full books
— Anthologies that I edit, like Cave Creek anthologies or Pulphouse collections
All of these will be in electronic and paper editions.
Frighteningly enough, as Allyson and I looked at the schedule of what is planned between now and this time next November, if I get Smith’s Monthly back up and going as planned starting the first of the year. I will be pretty close to 65 books with some added collections. And that includes 3 nonfiction books I want to write on my blog, the Cave Creek novel and three anthologies of Cave Creek stories, and about 12 novels or so I want to write. (I am sure I can add five books along the way somewhere.)
So got to push on the writing and push to get Smith’s Monthly back on track and rolling.
But more importantly, I’m going to have a blast.
So for the first time in my recorded history, I will list each book I publish here on this page as it is published and the number it is in the challenge so you all can watch if you want. (Normally I publish books stealth, but for this year I’m going to bring all that into the light.)
And I will do regular blogs about the process of each book as well, because after this year, I will put all the blogs and other stuff together in a book for learning. It will not be counted in the 70 because I wouldn’t be able to get it published in time.
Challenge goes from this week in November to this second week of November 2021.
70 major books published. Stay tuned for the ride. I can promise it will be fun.