Slowly these days, writing plans are returning to me. I hope I'll be able to bring some of them to fruition before school starts again. I came up with a character I find interesting named Layne Gabriel and I've decided to try a series of stories about him. These will be westerns and the stories are likely to run in the 5,000 word range, although I'm not absolutely sure. I'll publish them at .99 cents on Kindle and see if there is any good response. If so, I'll try my hand at a few more and then perhaps put all of them together as a collection.
The first story will be called "To Live by the Gun," and is about a third done. The 2nd story is called "Die by the Gun" and is maybe a quarter done. The third story is merely a gleam in my eye but is probably going to be called "Gunfighter Messiah." I want to have all three done before I publish the first, because at the end of "book" 1, I plan to run the first couple paragraphs of "book" 2 as a teaser, and the same with 3. Then I'll offer the first one via Kindle select, and offer it for five days free through their program. That way, if someone downloads the first free and likes it, the other two will already be available for them to get.
Each title will carry a subtitle and number. Since Layne Gabriel is from a place called Colt Creek, I'm probably going to call the series "Colt Creek Westerns," or perhaps "Layne Gabriel Westerns." Any collection later would likely be called "The Man from Colt Creek."
I haven't decided absolutely on the pseudonym idea yet but I may do it because I think it would be kind of fun and a good experiment to try. If it doesn't work, I could always reissue the books under my own name, although I won't make any secret of the author's identity and the copyright will be indicated as mine. If I use a pseudonym, it is likely to be Tyler Boone.
Anyway, this should occupy me for a couple of months. If I could write a little faster I might be dangerous. Well, probably not. I've got a couple of other stories I have to work on for other publications as well.
It feels kind of good to have plans, though.