As we all know, writing stories and finding publishers for our work is a slow, tedious business. I was fortunate to have two new titles come out in 2018 plus a chapter in a book for the classroom and some poems in anthologies. This year I have one new book coming out plus the lead article in next month’s Winter Issue of Missouri Reader.
In 2020 two new trade books are set for release. One is nonfiction, one is poetry. Two more trade books come out in 2021. One is fiction, one is poetry. I think I’ll have one, if not two, education books out during that same period.
It’s a long time from now to 2021 so I will do all I can to get more projects under contract by then, but in football parlance, this is a ground game. Progress is usually made in a series of short yardage gains. I’ve sold 101 books in 52 years so my average is roughly two books per year.
To Matt Forrest Esenwine, Charles Waters, and you others who are coming on strong now as you build your careers, I applaud you and wish you much success salted with patience for the process. Every time someone knocks you down, someone else will give you a hand up. It is, after all, a humane industry.