So this is it – my author timeline so far, illustrating when I started and published 9 out of my 10 books (all except the French translation of The Written, which was published in June 2015).
Inspired by something similar that Mark Lawrence has done in the past, I thought I'd spend this weekend looking back at the last 7 years to see how my author career has panned out so far. Let's break it down.
It's also interesting to see how the gaps between starting a book and publishing a book have changed over the years. The books that took the longest were The Written (my debut) and The Written Graphic Novel (my most ambitious project to date), roughly 22 and 23 months respectively, The quickest books to produce from start to finish were Bloodmoon, Bloodfeud and Shelf Help, each taking 7 months to write and publish. A special mention should be paid to Dead Stars Parts One and Two, which were written and published together within 13 months, just 6.5 books per month, so not bad.
What this timeline doesn't show is the difference in writing time and publishing time. For instance, Pale Kings took just 100 days to write, but plenty more to publish due to its humongous size.
Overall, have I got quicker at writing? Well, seeing as the last third of the timeline is comprised of 3 out of the 4 quickest produced books (aside from Dead Stars), I would say yes, I have, which can only be good news for you readers! This is also the result of going full time on books, which as you can see occurred in March 2015. I've more than doubled the amount of time I have to spend working on books and publishing, which has been a dream come true, I have to say. I think I'll be getting even faster in the years to come.
All in all, these books (minus the Graphic Novel) equate to: 1,141,882 words in 7 years, from the start of The Written to the publishing of Bloodfeud, my 10th book published. If you spread that over the timeline, that equates to 163,000 words per year, and 446 words a day, which isn't a lot if you break it down. It just shows that a daily effort of 500 words a day could turn into a book a year, without breaking a sweat. Hopefully that's inspiring to you if you're a writer.
So what was my shortest book, aside from Shelf Help (at 50,669)? That would be The Written at 134,470 words. Its sequel Pale Kings was a monster at 184,615 words, and strangely, The Scarlet Star Trilogy got roughly 15,000 words shorter every book.
This is why I love statistics – they paint pictures you didn't know existed.
And that's my author timeline. I hope you found it interesting. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions. I'll be back soon with another sneak peek of book number 11, The Heart of Stone.