Reading through recent Muffin posts, I see I’m not the only one looking back over 2018 and contemplating what I could do differently in 2019. But I’m not talking about success and failure.
Every now and again I like to shake things up and try something new. As a nonfiction author that is fairly easy to do since I can write many different things for many different audiences.
So what do I see in 2019?
Cozying Up with My Cozy. Ironically, this nonfiction author will be continuing to work on fiction because, as much as I’ve gotten done, there is a long way to go before my mystery manuscript resembles a mystery novel. Among the issues, I need to fix names because I noticed about 20,000 words in that one of my characters mysteriously underwent a name change. Add to that all the notes (what would this look like) and problems (weave this in earlier in the story) that need to be addressed and I’ve got a lot of work to do. It feels odd as a nonfiction author to spend this much energy writing fiction but I’ll get over it.
Pitching a Series. Not that working on my cozy means that I’ll be giving up on nonfiction. I’ve written one or two titles for a wide variety of nonfiction series but I’ve never written all of the books in a series. Recently I saw that a publisher had put out a call for nonfiction series for elementary students. After examining the publisher’s backlist, I’ve come up with an idea. I’ve pitched single nonfiction books but never a series so this is going to be a learning experience. It’s a good thing I like learning to do new things!
Graphic Novels. As if one series idea wasn’t enough, I actually have an idea for a second nonfiction series. I don’t have a specific publisher in mind for this one so I’m going to have to explore publishers to find at least one that’s a good fit. But there’s a twist. This series idea involves graphic novels. How many graphic novels have I written? Zero. So I’ll be learning to script a graphic novel out as well.
Add to this my blogging, my work-for-hire and all the other things that I find myself doing and I’m sure 2019 will be a busy writing year. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m looking forward to developing some new skills. Cozies, nonfiction series, and graphic novels – oh my!
To find out more about Sue Bradford Edwards' writing, visit her blog, One Writer's Journey. Sue is also the instructor for Writing Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults. The next session begins January 14th, 2019.