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The Next Year Here

Posted March 7 into House keeping by John Birmingham

I think I've figured out what I'm going to do with the Burger, for the next twelve months or so, anyway. I've been feeling guilty and anxious about the amount of time I'm not putting in here. So guilty and anxious that worrying about it has been taking up even more time and energy than simply posting would have.
It's all down to time and energy, and how much I don't have any more. Family commitments aside, without the safety net of big publisher advances I have to earn every dollar that comes in. The last 12 months have proven I can do that, but it's hard work. Good work, and fun, but hard. I'm looking at my whiteboard right now, where I have my major projects for the year listed. All of them 100 000 word novels.
The Cruel Stars.
World War 3.1
The Golden Minute. (The sequel to A Girl in Time).
Sleeper Agent. (A conventional thriller).
Stronghold. (Dave Hooper 4)
In addition to this, I have my remaining media commitments and my new investment in Alien Side Boob. That turns out to be a lot of work, writing a private column to a standard that people are willing to pay for. There's also the fanfic collections, a couple of collaborative projects I'd like to work on, and a screenplay for A Girl in Time.
It doesn't leave a lot of time left over from blogging. And yet I'm not willing to simply close down the Burger. As I explained in a comment in the entry below, I trust this place and the people here in a way that I don't trust, say, my 3000 closest friends on Facebook. I can put out a call for beta readers here and know that the manuscript isn't going to turn up on BitTorrent 24 hours later.
But I don't have time to run a full service blog any more. Not for the next 12 months anyway, while I get my indie publishing business up to full speed. Last year was just proving the concept.
So what I've decided to do is keep the Burger open, but basically as a link blog. Mondays Tuesdays and Fridays I'll put up a link to and an extract from whatever column I have written that day. That will mostly be it. I won't be writing book reviews or movie reviews or even personal entries unless something really strikes me. I just don't have time. As more of the fanfic entries come in, I will publish extracts from them. And as my own books come due for release, I'll drop sample chapters here, but also at Medium, FB etc.
That should be enough to keep the place ticking over, but not so time-consuming that I hesitate to even open the page.

18 Responses to ‘The Next Year Here’

Bangar puts forth...

Posted March 7
Food on the table is what's important, you've been more than indulgant with us fans/friends and we appreciate it. Your work and time has to pay for itself in a timely fashion. So continue as you think is best. Bangar

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sharky would have you know...

Posted March 7
Well done JB,
What a truly Solomon like compromise.
perhaps there could be a way for Burgers to submit a link or article to help keep the place ticking over???

Cheers

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Halwes swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 7
I don't surf the net much and was initially drawn to CBG because I'd reread Falafel and wanted to find out what else you were doing. My point being that without CBG I probably wouldn't have known about much of your other work nor been drawn to it. I've read five of your books that I wouldn't have probably even known about without CBG. I have always read your newspaper stuff and enjoyed it immensely. I'm loving ASB because it's so much more irreverent than you'd be allowed to be in a mainstream newspaper. I think that CBG may play more of a role in your book sales than you imagine however I fully understand how much work it must be to maintain.

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jl mumbles...

Posted March 8
500k words is a whopping big chunk. I've written 290k over a four year period and I thought that was a lot- young grasshopper bows to the master!

Think of us here at the 'Burger as your backbench- if there is a tough nut to crack, just holler and we will produce.

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Murphy_of_Missouri is gonna tell you...

Posted March 8
Decommissioned and froze The Pondering Tree years ago. It was simply proving to be too much of a time sink. Where it once seemed to be at the intersection of the internet it now feels like a backwater bypassed by other social media services.


I do far more networking and market research using FB, as well as building a potential fan base. Something I was never quite able to do with The Pondering Tree.


It is what it is.

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she_jedi mutters...

Posted March 8
I think you've hit on the best strategy; you've invested a heap of time and energy into building the burger into the trusted community it is, and it would be a shame to mothball it. Leverage the best elements of the community you've built here (the beta readers, word of mouth referees for new works via sample chapters, fanthology contributors) and focus on the things that we chose to stick around for - 'splosions, occasional monsters, time travel and thinky, and more 'splosions. If I had my druthers I'd rather have Burger Lite and get 5 new JB novels this year :)

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Surtac mutters...

Posted March 8
Sounds like a sensible plan to me.

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Oldy reckons...

Posted March 8
Ditto she_jedi.

Between FB, ASB and the Instrument I'm getting bulk JB updates. And that's a big whack of work you've got ahead of you. Blogging on top of that, other than announcements and shit, is a big overhead (oh wait, you said that already).

Blah blah support blah blah focus blah blah on your team*





*Millennial members: just substitute # for blah blah...

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Gutz reckons...

Posted March 8
Hey, whatever keeps fuel in the hovercraft!

Plus i am lazy, i have found your books and this place...i am in no great rush to go anywhere else. i have even managed to bookmark so it saves me some carpal-tunnel.

If you build it we will come. no wait..we are already here...um..

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Bondiboy66 puts forth...

Posted March 8
Set on 'idle' is good. Its easy to increase revs if required.

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Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted March 8
as long as you don't let havoc get a hold of the keys to the burger it should be here when and if you want to get back to it.

HAVOCK21 mumbles...

Posted March 15
OI FKN. Thats prolly the best FKN IDEA I HAVE HEARD ALL FKN DAY!

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Don Bagert puts forth...

Posted March 9
Thank you, John. Best wishes to you, and I'm glad that WW 3.1 is high up on the list!

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Dave C mumbles...

Posted March 9
Burger lite sounds good. Do what you need to do to get those awesome new stories out, JB.

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Dave W reckons...

Posted March 9
Sounds like a plan.

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jason would have you know...

Posted March 9
Just did a quick bit of project management for you. 500,000 words worth of novels, plus columns (let's call that 50,000 words). You have two options, stretch time (which comes with it's own issues) or buy at least two coffee machines.

Tough schedule.

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NBlob reckons...

Posted March 11
Do what you've gotta do.
It's been a hoot.


(Greybeard smells like old newspapers.)

NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted March 12
Silence = assent

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