Back when I started self publishing my books through my company Solar Six, I told myself, "You are NOT allowed to fail." That was about four years ago.
In reality, I have failed many times since then. My hubris led me to many mistakes. My naiveté fooled me. I didn't always hit my targets.
But you know what? That's exactly what was supposed to happen. I was meant to make mistakes, both as a writer and publisher. Just like everyone before me has had to do as they learn a craft, and a skill. Every time I made a mistake, every time I caught a printing error, a typo, or book sales didn't hit targets I fell down. Hard. And that was part of my story.
Whenever I fell, I wiped my face off, dusted my knees and got right back up. I kept on going.
That is how I published four novels via my own imprint, Solar Six Books.
I failed at many things last year: I failed at balancing my life out while living in New York. I failed at delivering the third How to Kill a Superhero book on time (I delivered it one year late). And I failed on finding the right start for my follow-up book after 13 Secret Cities. But I didn't just lament my errors. I sought solutions. I made some changes to my life, my business model, and the way I allocate my attention and resources to Solar Six. As I made each of those mistakes above, and as I got up again and again, I got stronger.
And that, my friends, is how I can happily announce today the title of my second novel. My new book is titled 9 Lords of Night. This book explores the darkest edges of obsession. We will meet men and women obsessed with love, obsessed with murder, and obsessed to a dangerous degree with a sinister piece of art and its creator.
Now that I have moved to Chicago, I have the right level of resources to dedicate to the writing process of 9LN. This means I can now commit to a schedule that will help me deliver the book next year in late Spring. Then the book will go into production (which takes about 6 months) leading up to a Fall of 2017 release.
This is big news I am sharing with you today. If you care to help support the literary arts, I encourage you to become one of my patrons. Other ways of supporting me as a writer include buying one of the new tees from my clothing line 13SC, which I beta launched this month, as well. 13SC Clothing tells you my story as a person through images. My fears, my joys, my sadness, my totems and my archetypal catalysts tell my story through the multiple tee designs you will find there. Your purchases directly contribute to the artistic work behind my imprint. We ship world wide, too.
I am 100 percent independent from the traditional publishing system, and I reach readers thanks to you. I don't do this alone.
Over the next few weeks I'll reveal more teasers and excerpts from 9 Lords of Night. This book is quite different from 13 Secret Cities, and I think you may really like it. I hope you walk down the caverns of obsession together with me.
Thank you again for your help. Those of you who are current patrons make these books a reality, and you provide me with so much strength and love. I am excited for the future. More updates to come.