When No One Was Looking, I Hit a Milestone

Last Friday Dancing Light Press released Worldbuilding Theory, the second book in the Foragers Guild Guides series. It was also that 50th title that I’ve published since the company launched on May 26, 2016. That’s 50 titles in 18 months. FIFTY. That’s 1.64 titles per week over 82 weeks. It’s a new release every 11.48 days, on average, over a total of 574 days. A release less than every two weeks. Of those 50 titles, 48 of them are best sellers at DriveThruRPG.

If you’ve ever wondered why I’m always tired, that would be the reason.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

 Theodore Roosevelt
excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic”
delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910

One of my hopes is that with this milestone I can lose the chip on my shoulder. I’ve proven the things that I needed to prove to myself. It’s time to move past wanting to prove things to other people. This job ain’t easy, this industry is tough, and I’m not making a fortune, but I’m doing it. When people mock Edward D. Wood, Jr., I ask them how many movies they’ve made. I’m not the starting quarterback on a championship team, but how many pro games have they played? You get the gist. The man in the arena and all that.


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