Matt Gemmell

The year ahead: 2015

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As this most futuristic-sounding year dawns, predictably without either hoverboards or cyberpunk dystopias, I’d like to say a few words about the year that’s just ended, and mention my goals for the next twelve months.

First, I’d like to say thank you. 2014 was the first year of my life that I’ve dedicated solely to writing, which is my great passion and the job I believe I’m supposed to be doing. I’ve never been happier in my work.

It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of others:

  1. My wife Lauren. Her unwavering belief and enthusiasm have assuaged my lingering doubts (and guilt), and driven me forward. I draw strength from her support every day.

  2. My patrons. You’ve shown the ultimate form of belief in my writing by helping me to pay the bills while I get this new career off the ground. My income has dropped off a cliff during the past year, and even the smallest contribution has a big impact.

  3. This site’s sponsors. I’ve been fortunate to work with businesses who support my attempt to respect this site’s audience with unintrusive sponsorships, featuring products and events of genuine interest and relevance.

  4. And, of course, you. A writer is a solitary, unfulfilled and even more neurotic creature without readers. To the more than a million people who read my words in 2014, thank you so much for your time and attention.

As we all return to work after the holidays - not that I’ve stopped working - I have a few goals for this year.

  1. Publish that first novel of mine. It’s currently deep in revisions. I’m hoping to get it out to you during the first quarter of the year. It’s an adventure thriller, and it’s called Changer.

  2. Publish a second novel this year. I’m still wrestling with whether it’ll be the second in the series that Changer begins, or an off-genre one I’ve had in mind for quite a while.

  3. Stay in shape. I wrote about my workout routine back in October, which you might find interesting if you have a similar goal.

  4. Support fellow creative people in their endeavours. Whether it’s making time to read or experience others’ work, contributing to crowdfunding campaigns centred around the creative arts, or just amplifying those seeking a wider audience, I want to do my bit. This is my industry now, and I’ve always felt a responsibility towards those I see as my colleagues.

You’re already helping by reading - thank you.

If you’d like to support my work as I enter year 2 of my real life, the most direct and effective way is to support my writing. My plan is for patrons to get free copies of the books I publish this year, as I did last year with my Resolving Plot Issues ebook for writers.

Lastly, I’m also always seeking freelance writing commissions. I’ve written a large amount of material related to the tech industry, and particularly the Mac and iOS software platforms. I also very much enjoy the opportunity to write about wider topics. You can find a brief list of places I’ve been published on my About page, and also a selection of my own favourite pieces from this site.

Thanks once again to everyone who continues to follow along on this journey. 2014 was the most personally and professionally fulfilling - and challenging, and frightening - year of my life so far, which is exactly what I’d hoped.

As we begin to see what 2015 has in store, I hope you find some measure of the satisfaction I’ve been fortunate to experience.