I began my writing career with the Dead Planet Series. The first book, Exodus, was written during National Novel Writing Month 2012 and I completed it in about 24 days. I remember feeling like I was standing on top of a mountain. Of course, that feeling faded when the editing phase hit, and I found so many mistakes. Once I had a draft I was happy with (thought was error free) I hit publish and my enthusiasm exploded at the realization I was a published author!
I think back to those times with fondness, but it was difficult to be thoroughly content. Sales were virtually nonexistent, and even though I kept a smile on my face, I thought I made a poor decision writing the series. It showed, because I didn’t write the sequels for over a year after the release of Exodus. The reality of the situation was that I was sitting on a stellar idea, but my launch and execution as a publisher was extremely flawed. I know that now, but with my early career riddled with mistakes (and a near career ending publishing deal with a small press) I often thought of giving up.
The true value of the Dead Planet Series wasn’t made evident until I released the box set of the series. It wasn’t the first time I had a bestseller tag on something with my name on it, but it was the first time I had one as the sole author of the work. I was floored, the series I resented still had a life to it.
but there was a problem. I was deep in the planning stages of launching myself as a space opera writer, and putting the dystopian cyberpunk era to bed. The Alorian Wars started off with a bang. I was so happy to have sales, and reviews, and all the other things that comes with a successful launch, but I didn’t;t see the burnout fast approaching.
You see, writers are weird people. We tend to burn the candle at both ends, and we sometimes are victims of our own ambition. I’ve felt it many times over the years, but the more the escalation of my career creeps upward, the harder it is for me to get out of my own way. I hope it won’t always be like this, because I love the art of creating, but hate feeling like I “have” to do it. I haven’t found the middle road without all the potholes yet.
You might be wondering what this has to do with Rise of the Syndicate. Well, other than the fact that this is my blog and I need to get things off my chest, this book is responsible for pulling me out of the pit in terms of retiring from writing altogether.
I needed a break from spaceships. I needed to not think about other galaxies, other species, and battling my way up the ranks in the space opera genre. I needed to find myself again.
I did that with a new series which ties into the Dead Planet Series. The Syndicate Series is technically a prequel, but it takes place so far in the past that it doesn’t matter what happens in the future books, it all builds the world that will ultimately become what readers discovered in Dead Planet. It’s kind of the best of both worlds for me. I get to write something new and I get to continue a series I thought I put to bed a few years ago.
Hopefully, you enjoy it. If you’ve read Dead Planet, then you already know the future is darker than you thought. But now you get to see how it became that way. Grab your copy of Rise of the Syndicate today!