My take on 2014

December 24, 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s always good to look back on the year that’s quickly crumbling away, round it all up, and also tell you what you can expect from me in 2015. This author has a lot stored…

 

Overall, 2014 has been a great year. There have been the few obligatory downs of course, such as succumbing to a spot of Bell’s Palsy, which took 6 months to depart my face. One of my beloved pet rats also shuffled off this mortal coil, and is currently getting even fatter in rat heaven. However, despite these inescapable things, 2014 was rather prosperous indeed.

 

Shelf Help, my self-publishing guide, came out at the very start of the year. It aimed to cover every aspect of DIY publishing, and I feel I achieved that. Over this year it’s helped many an author in their journey, and also helped me to attain a place as a Guardian Masterclass tutor. It was an absolute pleasure producing something to help my fellow authors, but it left me itching to get back into fantasy. That’s why at the start of this year, I launched into a new project.

 

Enter Bloodrush. A western fantasy I’d been planning to write for the last three years. Finally, in January I got to dive in. It took a year to write and release, but I’m incredibly proud of what I created, and judging by the 5-star reviews and feedback, you guys are too. Bloodrush marks not only a new direction for me as an author, but an affirmation that my path for the next few years lies solely in fiction and fantasy. That alone made 2014 great.

 

Then came the infamous Written Graphic Novel. 2014 was the year that I finally put an end to this project, almost 2 years after raising the funds through Kickstarter. It’s now up for pre-order on Amazon, and the paperback will be appearing in stores in mid-January. I cannot tell you how pleased I am with how it looks. It may have caused me a butt-load of stress in the latter half of this year, but it was absolutely worth it.

 

And of course, there is now an audiobook as well! 2014 marked the year of breaking into audio. The Written is now available on Audible, and I’m already itching to get going on the rest of the Emaneska Series, and of course, Bloodrush.

 

Overall, this year was full of new projects and progress. It was exciting and adventurous, in amongst the stress of piling my plate high, and for the most part, I hit every nail right on the head. It truly feels as though I’ve taken a big step forward this year: in my writing, my management of myself, and also in the variety of things I can now offer you awesome readers. I can’t wait to take an even bigger step in 2015.

 

So what’s in store for you lucky rascals? Well you’ll be pleased to hear it’s going to be all books, books, and more books in 2015. With the graphic novel now done and dusted, I will be focusing solely on new writing, new adventures, and lots of fun.

 

First up will be the sequel to Bloodrush – Bloodmoon, which I am intending to write very quickly indeed.

 

This will be followed up almost immediately with the final book in the Scarlet Star Trilogy. I don’t want to spend years finishing this new series. I’ve got too many ideas bubbling up to dally. If I have my way, the Trilogy will be finished and out by the end of 2015.

 

There will also be a re-write of The Written, which is much-needed, and this will be happening in Spring of next year.

 

There will also be a few short stories coming out, focussing on the world of Emaneska and the untold stories in between the books of the Emaneska Series. The first, Iron Keys, is already half-finished and will be relaunched in early 2015.

 

There will be more audiobooks as well, as I convert the Emaneska Series and Scarlet Star Trilogy into audio. I’ve found myself an excellent producer, and we’re going to be working hard all through the year.

 

And that’s it. Exciting stuff, right? Plenty of new books, multiple short stories, and a new range of audiobooks to boot. It sounds like a busy year indeed, but I can’t wait to get stuck in. My sights are fully locked on success, and on smashing 2015. 

 

And that’s it from me this year. Have a brilliant and incredibly merry Christmas, and an appropriately debauched New Year. I’ll catch you on the flipside.

 

Peace,

 

Ben

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Ben Galley is an award-winning dark and epic fantasy author who currently hails from Victoria in Canada. Find out more:

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