Happy New Year!

Well, 2010 is almost upon us, and let’s hope it’s a jolly good year.

There’s no need for me to make any plans for the coming year because I already know exactly what I’ll be doing.

We have a new i4w2 book currently in progress – that’s our ethical publishing service where we publish other people’s books. The new book needs final editing, proofing, laying out and publishing, with the aim of a late spring launch.

Meanwhile, I’m working through all the 5,000+ ideas in our collection, rewriting and editing them and converting them into e-books. Lifetime members will be able to download these without charge, and they will also be available for non-members to buy. There will be 41 e-books – the 36 individual categories plus 5 themed collections. There’s a heck of a lot of work to do on these, but I’m hoping to have them all finished by the end of 2010 – if I work day and night and don’t sleep too much.

We’re also bringing forward the publication schedule for our very popular Date-A-Base Book series, and that means there will be 2 new editions in 2010 instead of just 1. Some people (such as film and TV companies) need the dates at least 2 years in advance. So we’re planning to have the 2012 edition on sale by July, and the 2013 edition on sale at the end of the year. We’ll then return to the usual 1-book-per-year cycle, so the 2014 edition will go on sale at the end of 2011, and so on. As each Date-A-Base Book takes 3 months to complete, and since we’ll be doing 2 of them this year, that’s half the year gone already.

That just leaves enough time (well, it doesn’t really but we’ll squeeze it in somehow) for a small (but very interesting) extra project that we’ve been working on. It’s nearly finished, so we’ll reveal all when it’s ready.

Oh, and we’ll be moving the ideas4writers office, probably in the spring.

Unfortunately there won’t be time to write any new books in the Fastest Way series (though I’ve got several planned) and I won’t have any time to write any novels (though I’ve got several planned). But 2011 is currently set aside as a book-writing year. Fingers and toes very much crossed.

Dave Haslett, www.ideas4writers.co.uk

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