I am giving up on traditional publishing for now. The process had been draining. The dream is still there, but I am not convinced that it is something I need to pursue. I don’t like the process and I want to retain control of my work. Self-publishing offers that opportunity. I am willing to invest in some current manuscripts and risk that they will be absolute failures. I have confidence that they will be successful and I will keep writing and growing regardless.
The Grobug series is inspired by the Tokusatsu shows I have been actively enjoying for more than a decade. Tokusatsu is Japanese for “special effects” and it can be expressed in many forms. Some “toku” features giant monsters, machines piloted by people to oppose them, transforming heroes and benevolent beings from outer space who fight to defend earth. You may have enjoyed toku and not even known it. A prime example of tokusatsu and the inspiration for the first entry in the Grobug series is Godzilla.
The Grobug series is now planned to be 5 core books. Each book will stand on its own, but there will be connections for readers who enjoy more than one book. The series of 5 books will be have the same direction and ethos and any additional stories will take a different direction.
Grobug 1 is in its 2nd Draft and needs to be edited some more.
Grobug 2 is done written and edited.
Grobug 3 is outlined
Grobug 4 has a theme an some ideas to it. I have to find those notes somewhere…
Grobug 5 is just an idea for now.
I had dreamed of having an illustrated book April 2022. That didn’t work.
Grobug Series Production Plan From August 2022
September 1, 2022 Grobug 1 completed manuscript. – FAILED TO HIT TARGET
STATUS September 8, 2022: Manuscript needs further revision to be completed.
Query: Should I start campaign for Grobug 1 sooner, with an eye towards setting up the other 5 books as stretch goals and a plan to publish all 5 books within 2023?
September 12, 2022 contact artist for Grobug 1.
-Discuss how long illustrations will take.
-Select POD Printer
-Get software for formatting book
October 1, 2022 Grobug 3 completed manuscript.
November 1, 2022 Grobug 4 completed manuscript.
December 1, 2022 Grobug 5 completed manuscript.
January 2, 2023 contact artist with a plan to set up crowd funding for all 5 books 9-08-2023
MTM Breastfeeding Book Production Plan 2022
September 1 have illustrator start working.
October 2, 2022 start putting art and text together
October 9, 2022 get ISBN and the back-end stuff going: find a printer, go through submission process
November 1, 2022 Publish MTM
Look here for updates on the status of my books.
Stick around for my analysis, art and writings as I work on these bigger projects.
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Track the development of several projects MJ is working on. MJ shares his thoughts on book length and veers into wanting to turn everything into a series.…
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How Do You Name Characters? – 03-17-2023 |SOE 10
Track the development of several projects MJ is working on. MJ shares his method for naming the magical creatures from the Grobug Series and discusses other approaches…