Workloads and Hiatus / by Josh Guess

I have to admit, it feels pretty good to be back in the saddle. I haven't written anything on here in a while. It's nice to be able to jot thoughts down without having to worry about plot, character development, and all the rest. Writing a real blog instead of something with a structure is a release I don't have a lot of time for. In other words: Hi there. You look nice. Been working out? I missed you terribly.

I've been doing some math lately, and I found out that I put out a LOT of words per year. Most authors, from what I understand, do about 200,000 annually. That's about two medium length novels or one really large book. That's an average, of course. Some authors, like Brandon Sanderson, do a hell of a lot more. Others, like Patrick Rothfuss, average less. It's all individual to the person doing the typing.

I do 200k a year with Living With the Dead alone. I didn't realize until I started looking over the word counts of the things I write that I put out so much volume. This year, the books I've written and compilations of the blog (including the WIP draft of the sequel to Beautiful) total over 300,000 words, and I've got three months left in the year.

In addition to that, I'm starting to write for Slacker Heroes, an excellent geek website that will surely one day dominate the interwebs. I've also started on a project I've been wanting to do for a long time, which is a political/personal view blog called A Modern Liberal. I'm happy for those of you who don't share my political viewpoints to read it. In fact, I hope for it. The site doesn't exist to argue with anyone, but more to explain my point of view through facts. I'd love to get a discussion going, so others can see that not all Liberals are alike. My viewpoints span the spectrum of the political world.

I've had a lot going on in my personal life as well, most of which is uninteresting to anyone but me. I will say that I'm eager to see some book sales this holiday season given some recent bad news at work. I'm hoping you, my fans, will help with that as much as you can.

I always intend on writing more blogs on here, but with working a full time job and writing way more than most full time authors do, I have little time for it. I want more than anything to write for a living. I've hardened myself over the last two years to write a lot in a short time. Imagine what I could do with those extra forty hours a week...

This post can serve as a helpful way to spread the word. Here are links to my books on the Kindle and the Nook:

Kindle:
Beautiful, a novel of love, sex, adventure, magic, vampires, and unicorn obsession.
Living With the Dead: With Spring Comes The Fall The first six months of my zombie epic.
Living With the Dead: The Bitter Seasons The second six months of LWtD
Living With the Dead: The Hungry Land The third installment of LWtD
Living With the Dead: Year One This is a collection that pulls together "With Spring Comes The Fall and The Bitter Seasons into one book. It also contains a ton of bonus material including five short stories set in the LWtD universe and a novella. Also, some background stuff on the series from me.

Nook:
Beautiful
LWtD: With Spring Comes The Fall
LWtD: The Bitter Seasons
LWtD: The Hungry Land (No Link yet, this one is taking a while to get through B&N's vetting process. Probably ready in a day or so)
LWtD: Year One

I've lost track of how many times I've said this over the last year (a lot), but I'm sorry my posts come so infrequently. When I get full-time, I'll have the freedom to do a lot more.

I am going to finally do a post about Amanda Hocking. I've had that idea on the backburner for a while for several reasons which I'll discuss in the post. I think I'll have it rolled out by Friday. It's going to be an interesting one, so make sure you check it out.

My best efforts from here on out not to take another hiatus. No promises, just strong intentions.