To some degree, writing is a numbers game.  Of course, making money off of writing is a numbers game; we’re all familiar with the “how much do I charge per book versus how many books I sell,” debate (and if you’re not, see Zoe Winter’s blog, Dean Wesley Smith’s Blog, and J. A. Konrath’s blog for some different perspectives).

For the record, I tend to favor the mid-list price position: $.99 for short stories (which I almost never write), $2.99 for novellas (my bread and butter) and $4.99 for full-length novels.  Why?  Because that’s still a bargain compared to a bookstore or major publisher, but it’s not selling myself short, sending my book to the “Everything’s a Dollar” must-go-fast bin from the get-go.  Like Zoe Winters said, I want to attract fans who’ll buy my work for a reasonable price, not bargain hunters who’ll buy anything that’s cheap, but won’t pay more than $1.

But writing is also a numbers game when it comes to how much you write.  As a writer, you have to balance your life outside writing, your psychological and emotional well-being (which, in my case, is strongest when I write fiction every day, but can be hurt by writing too much.  Anything over 3,000 words a day and I’m wringing blood from a creative stone), and your desire to finish the books you start.
My writing goal for the present and near future is 1,000 words per day.  I arrived at that number because I think it is achievable, with some effort, in my current situation, and because I feel better emotionally and mentally when I write that much.  I’m not a full-time writer.  I’m just starting out, and I have a “day job” that takes up a good bit of my time (actually, it’s more of a night job these days, but I digress).  I have a wife, and I like spending time with her.  I have friends and church and something of a social life, and I’m not willing to burn all that to get an extra few hundred words a day in.

1,000 words a day is good, though.  It will allow me to write a novella a month, or a full-length novel in three or four months, even with a few sick days and other crises.  That’s twelve novellas or three, maybe four, novels a year, part-time.  It makes me wonder about full-time authors who only put out one book every year (or less).  What do they do with their time?

Publish more books under pen names, if they know what’s good for them 🙂


Hello, Hello…

That’s not the title of a Britcom about the French Resistance, a line from a Shakespeare’s Sister song, nor a line from Melissa Etheridge’s “No Souvenirs;” it’s me (or rather, it is I) saying hello to my reading public.

And who am I, you might ask?  Brent Dedeaux, and I write what might best be called “Immortal Fiction.”  You might also call it urban-historical fantasy, because it involves horror elements, like vampires, in an urban fantasy style (ie, they’re not monsters, they’re people.  Some of them are horrible people, but they’re people), and most of the work is set in the past.

I’m not stuck in the past, though. In fact, I’m writing my way toward the present.  My first series of novellas, Blood for Blood, of which book one, No Beast So Fierce is available here at the Kindle Store, starts in 1900 and moves through New Year’s Day 2000.

I’ll be posting here pretty regularly, talking about new material, my writing process, and any interesting links I happen to find.