I’m sitting in the Bellagio in Vegas (don’t ask), with the fountain show going off just outside my window. This isn’t terribly conducive to thinking deeply about the past year, but I’ve been able to give it a quick glance and, you know what? Things have gone pretty darn well.
I don’t talk too much about my personal life on here, so I’ll stick to work stuff.
You have to remember that when I started this grand experiment, I had every expectation of falling flat on my face. I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone put the figure in my head that the average book sells roughly 500 copies. Debut novels are a tougher slog, and debut novels direct to mass-market are even more so.
So, CONTROL POINT has been out a year, and it has:
- Sold roughly 25,000 copies worldwide.
- Garnered a separate UK publishing deal.
- Gotten two separate audiobook deals, one in the US, and one in the UK.
- Gotten translation deals in Czech, German and Chinese.
- Attracted major representation in tinsel town.
- Received a 5-Star Goodreads review from Patrick Rothfuss.
And, the thing I least expected …
- Been read, actually read, by my celebrity crush for years, FELICIA DAY.
In the guard, there were a few milestones worth noting:
- I pinned on O3 (Lieutenant).
- I certified (pinned on) boat force operations.
And, the thing I’m most proud of:
- Weathered Hurricane Sandy’s devastation of our base without a single decertification of our crew.
And this doesn’t even count the fantastic miscellany of the year, like playing D&D with Saladin Ahmed, Peter V. Brett, Brent Weeks, Pat Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Elizabeth Bear, Jim Hines, Joe Abercrombie and Jay Lake. Or speaking at both New York and San Diego Comic Cons in the same year. Or all the amazing fan art and podcasts and guest posts and cons. Or going to London to promote the UK edition of the novel. Or seeing my two favorite fantasy artists (Michael Komarck and Larry Rostant) do the covers for my novel, bringing my characters to life.
Bottom line: 2012 has been, arguably, the greatest year of my life. I have gone farther and done more than I ever dreamed I would. I said this before when I blogged about the author D&D game: there’s that great line from the old movie Broadcast News, where the main character asks “What do you do when your real life exceeds your dreams?” He is promptly told, “Keep it to yourself.”
F@*k that. I’m crowing it from the rooftops. I *never* thought I’d do any of this. Never.
But that’s no reason to rest on my laurels. There is SO much great stuff coming in 2013, some of which I can’t tell you about yet, but plenty I can. My 2nd novel, FORTRESS FRONTIER, hits shelves at the end of January, and I will be playing the 2nd running of the author D&D game at Confusion just a couple of weeks before. There’s Boskone and Balticon, and likely New York Comic Con again. BREACH ZONE is sitting with my agent, and another pass will be the one that sees the book turned in.
But most of all there’s Kiera and Shecky and Robert and Rachel and Garrett and Justin and Stefan and Jen and Shaun and Steve on and on and on and on and all the fans and friends I’ve made since I first walked away from comfort and security and set out on this journey.
The people writing has connected me to has been the greatest reward of all.
I still have a long way to go and much to accomplish, but I’ve got a good feeling about 2013.