Launching the Science Fiction Publishing Plan


The plan is made, printed out and now clipped to a shelf in front of my study desk.

Can’t miss it.

Just need to execute.

Of course, there are always those unexpected emergencies that can derail even the best intentions. One I’m working through at present is tiredness due to insufficient sleep.

Our dog is a senior (14.5 years) and battling various digestive system issues that include incontinence. She still has a reasonable quality of life and is a much-loved member of the family. Nonetheless, when nature calls during the night the results have to be cleaned up.

And as she and I sleep about a meter apart, I on my futon and Kuri in her basket, I get to hear (and sometimes to smell) her movements in an instant. My previous seven hour stretches of blissful, uninterrupted sleep are but a memory since last December. Four hours of slumber is now a blessed experience!

It’s not all doom and gloom, however. Because if I’m awakened around 3am and can’t get back to sleep again, I will get up and go do some reading or writing. Also, there is less temptation to drink beer in the evenings because of the need to be alert for the nocturnal dramas-to-come!

I’ve noticed that the early morning hours are an ideal time to think more deeply about the reason for all this planning and goal setting around being a writer. But that’s me. I’ve always been a planner and a thinker. And it seems how I’ve phrased the mission statement recognizes that my need to write is bound up with an attempt to express deeper, unconscious beliefs about the nature of life, reality and worlds unknown.

From that short mission statement flows everything else in a cascade of reinforcing interactions. Well, er, at least that’s the role of the plan!

For example, two of the three objectives are measurable and achievable by my own hand(s). The other is a stretch goal whose achievement depends on the actions of readers I do not yet have. I’m not 100% comfortable with that one (the email list) but will give it a go.

The three strategies listed below these objectives relate to the specific mechanics of writing, self-publishing and marketing that I will need to implement if these objectives and their offspring (the plans) are to become realties.

Implementation is then scheduled to occur in the form of plans (and their related tasks.)

The tracks are laid. The timetable is fixed. The outcome is clear.

All aboard!