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December

2012 pretty much worked out

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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.

Onward together!

 

  • Shecky

    You’re a tal­ented writer and a great guy, Myke. Easy to be both a fan and a friend to someone like that.

    • http://twitter.com/myyrdneopia Gar­rett Jones

      This.

      • http://twitter.com/priscellie Priscilla Spencer

        Wordy McWord­sauce.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexvdl Alex Von Der Linden

    Damnit, you’re going to be at Balticon again!? I HATE LIVING IN HAWAII.

    And I agree with Shecky.

  • Colleen

    I still remember the day this past summer when I was browsing in Barnes & Noble and came across your book. “Eh, I’ll give it a try.” Three hours later, I was fin­ished with the book and Googling to see when the next one was coming out. It kind of kicks ass when things work out so well for people who deserve them, and I’m glad your 2012 was so awe­some. Onward!

  • Colleen

    I still remember the day this past summer when I was browsing in Barnes & Noble and came across your book. “Eh, I’ll give it a try.” Three hours later, I was fin­ished with the book and Googling to see when the next one was coming out. It kind of kicks ass when things work out so well for people who deserve them, and I’m glad your 2012 was so awe­some. Onward!

  • http://twitter.com/Rich4ord Richard Ford

    And to top it all off this year, you got to meet ME!! What more could a guy ask for!

    • Myke Cole

      That was def­i­nitely a high­light of 2012. Should have men­tioned it :)

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