Hey guys. I’m coming at you with a little update about what I’ve been up to lately and how It’ll affect my writing in the future.
Change of Author Name
Some of you may have noticed I’ve changed how I present myself online. Last week I wrote a post about having a pen name as a writer: Should you have a Pen Name? And basically I had a long hard think about the name a I have on my books.
As a teenager I was always pretty shy and heavily in the closet, and since I so badly wanted to be a writer, I had this fear my writing would expose the real me and out me, so to speak. I developed a habit of hiding behind a pen name and it stuck. But now I no longer want to hide; I want to be proud and happy of my achievements, so from now on, I will no longer be going by the pen name of Orion Nebbs, and will instead go by my real name: Christopher Sergi.
With my name change it will inevitably come with an author rebrand. This means the current novel of Everscape: The Follymoths of Embra, will soon be rereleased under my new name of Christopher Sergi. This book will require a total new launch, and therefor will inevitably mean the previous version will come out of print.
To make things easier for book searches, Everscape: The Follymoths of Embra, will have a minor title alteration to Everscape: The Wings of Embra. This is to avoid future confusion with book searches on websites such as Goodreads.com.
The original book currently under the author name of Orion Nebbs, will receive a book cover change to differentiate itself from the series.
If you happen to be a fellow author, please read my latest blog post: Should you have a Pen Name? just to give yourself a good grounding as to weather or not you should consider how you portray yourself in the self-publishing market.
As a keen writer, I aim to write on a daily basis. Or at least a weekly basis. I will always strive to release a blog post to you guys every Monday. It’s a good exercise for me to ensure I don’t lag. However, in terms of book releases, certain dates will have to be altered due to a few personal changes in my life.
I will soon be undertaking an Open University course in Computer Science and Design. I’ve been thinking long and hard about my future and in terms of writing, I cannot guarantee it will be enough to support me, at least for the next few years. Therefor I must cut back on release schedules on my future novels.
An Open University course is a very time consuming task. Coupled with the fact I also have a full time job. As you can already tell, my schedule is pretty much crammed with work, studying and blogging. Releasing a novel is going to be pretty difficult.
But Don’t worry!! I aim to still release at least one novel every 12-18 months. I am an author by heart, and my priority as a writer is to give you, my readers, fun and awesome books for the foreseeable future. Hopefully Adam and the Goat will be released in a few months, a collaboration between my brother Alex Sergi (a fellow writer) and myself.
As you read above, I’ve recently been thinking about my future and how It’ll play out. A couple of years ago I was sure I would be a writer and live off it. I’d read success stories about authors who’d self published and started receiving bucketloads of royalties for their efforts.
The truth is a difficult pill to swallow. If the above is a possibility, then realistically it doesn’t happen right away. For most of us mortals, we have to work, and for a while, I’ve been considering the type of work I’m doing. I unfortunately don’t have time or the money to go to University, as much as I’d love to. The Open University seems for now to be my most viable option but it will be very time consuming.
I must consider how burned out I will likely become juggling so much of a work load. But as I have recently been studying my German lessons on Duolingo (yes, please follow me!!) I came to a sudden realisation that we are more capable of doing something than we think. Guten Tag, ich heiße Chris, ich komme aus England und meine Bruder, meine Mutter und Ich haben eine Katze heißt Saskia. See! I’d never have been able to say that two months ago!
I love to take inspiration from people like Elon Musk and JK Rowling; people who’ve really worked their arses off to get to where they are today. And it just goes to show that if you’re willing to put in the work then the success will follow. So yeah, life’s gonna be super difficult from here on out. But I know deep down that I can do it. We can all do it if we just take a chance and leap for our futures.
Have you had any hard success stories recently? Is there something you want to do before you regret not doing it? Are you a writer too struggling in a saturated market world? Ha! Let’s start a conversation in the comments if you’re up for it. I’d love to know what you all think.