The Long Road to Overnight Success + Goals for 2017

The Long Road to Overnight Success + Goals for 2017

This time every year is a time for reflection. Looking back at the year before and forward to the promises of the next. When I started writing I had visions of best sellers and earning enough to enhance my lifestyle. The reality is that writing isn’t all about best sellers and cash, it’s more about creating and sharing, and hoping that the fruit of your imagination unlocks a positive reaction from the people who read it.

This month marks an amazing milestone for me. It’s been 5 years since I published the first book in my Quest series, The Golden Scarab. It was a major achievement that took me three years to write. Since then I have written and released two more books in that series, The Cursed Nile, and The Fallen Pharaoh. The fourth book, The Missing Link, has been patiently sitting on my hard drive waiting for review and editing etc since the middle of 2015.

Also, during these past few years, I’ve written and released the first two books of my Time Square series, The Shift, and UFO. Both series were aimed at young teen audiences and focussed on thrills, action, mystery, and time travel, with a dash of humor thrown in.

In mid-2015 I decided it was time to have a crack at the Young Adult market. I wanted to write edgier, more thought-provoking subject matter and explore the impact of oppression and control with characters that were relatable to readers.

My new YA series, Subway, has kept me very busy, so my Quest and Time Square series have been bobbing along under their own steam (yes … a tad neglected). The first Subway book, Palliatopia, is close to completion and has taken eighteen months of writing (96000 words, 470+ pages). It’s a page-turner full of suspense, action and thrilling twists that I’m sure readers won’t see coming. I like to think of it as the ‘overnight success‘ that will open the floodgates to a huge number of new readers (and I wouldn’t say no to a ‘best seller’ and cash – who would?).

2017 should be a big year for me, writing-wise. The release of two new books and a recharged series will see me stay very busy. And hopefully, I’ll reap some rewards for all of my hard work. So, in order to move forward, l need goals. It’s these goals that guide and motivate me to keep swimming.

Perseverance is the key to a great future.


If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

My 2017 will include the following goals:

  • Continued remission for my daughter from childhood cancer.
    85% of childhood cancer survivors will have significant future health problems as a result of the chemo/treatment that saved their life – it’s a dark shadow that will never go away.
  • Good health for my family and friends
    Without health we have nothing.
  • Continue my committee work for the Kids Cancer Support Group
    A non-profit charity in my home city that supports children with cancer and their families.
    Any new paperback donations would be a great start for an Oncology Ward library that we plan to start.
  • Release the first book in my new YA series, Subway | Palliatopia, and find lots of new readers.
  • Reinvigorate and relaunch my first series (Quest books 1-3).
    Rework to target an older (YA) audience. New covers. New series name.
  • Complete and release the fourth book in the relaunched (Quest) series, The Missing Link.
  • Overnight success.

2017 is going to be a good year <affirmation>. It seems that in 2016 the world got a little crazy, and there were many things that happened that were beyond belief. I’ll leave it up to you to work out what I’m talking about 😊 Let’s hope that common sense, tolerance, peace, and goodwill rise above the crap that has infected the mainstream of late.

True success is not gained by standing on others to get your own way, it’s measured by the positive impact you have on those around you and the legacy you leave behind. – S.W. Lothian

17 responses to “The Long Road to Overnight Success + Goals for 2017”

  1. You’ve been incredibly busy even without the new books coming out. You’re also extremely supportive of those you come into contact with, and you definitely have a positive impact, which will stay with people whether they know where it came from or not.
    Good luck and good health to you and yours, Steve, you deserve it ❤


    1. Thanks, Jemima. It’s nice to have allies across the world. We’ve all got to stick together. I hope your 2017 is off the richter scale.

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  2. Wonderful goals, Steve! Wishing you all the success you can handle in 2017! Perhaps we’ll be overnight successes together! LOL! Cheers and Happy New Year!


    1. Thanks, Sharon. I can always count on you dropping by in support. It’s been a long night, but I’m sure success is just one sleep away. Happy 2017.


  3. Such great goals–you always inspire me to kick it up a notch, and stay positive. Is there an address/place I can mail paperbacks for Kids Cancer Support Group? I don’t mind the overseas postage 🙂 Here’s to an amazing 2017!


    1. Thanks, Fleur. Such a nice thing to say. Glad to be of help from across the world. Thank you so much for the paperback offer. 😃 I’ll be in touch when we have firmed up our plans. I hope 2017 is a good year for you.


  4. A fantastic year ahead and I cannot wait to read the latest. Awesome news about miss M, that is truly the most important news of all. Take care and onwards and upwards.


    1. Ahoy, Julie. Thanks for visiting. I’ll definitely get in touch when my new book is ready.
      Yes, going well on the big C front. 🎗 I see your 2 are growing fast. Time flies – lap up every day with them. Happy 2017.


  5. Great Goals. If anyone can reach their goals, I have faith it will be you. Continuing to lift you and your family up in prayer for health reasons. Looking forward to your new series.


    1. Hiya, Sandra. Glad to see you drop by. Thanks for the vote of confidence and good wishes. I hope your year is full of great things 👍🏻Fingers crossed you like my new releases 🤞🏻


  6. Great post, Steve. You are always 2 steps ahead of me: I still need to write my goals down. I’m looking forward to the launch of the new branding of my books: Tales & Legends for Reluctant Readers.

    Can’t wait to read the 4th book in your series. Enjoyed all the others! Happy New Year and Wishing you & your family much Success in 2017!


    1. LOL … I’m only 2 steps ahead because I’m in the future. I wrote this reply on my today, which is your tomorrow, but when you read it on your today it will be my yesterday. It’s all simple really.
      I hope your relaunch goes well too. It could be your trigger for ‘overnight success’. Have a blast in 2017 🎉


      1. 😉


  7. Cait @ Paper Fury Avatar
    Cait @ Paper Fury

    Oh good luck with the upcoming writing and publishing! Those sound like absolutely huge goals and that you’ll be pretty busy with all of that. I hope all the editing goes really well too. And definitely hope your daughter continues with remission. That must be terrifying. Hoping very hard all goes well with the treatment.


    1. Thanks so much for dropping by and for the good wishes. And thank you for your amazing blog. It’s on my favorites list.


    1. Thanks Mark … gotta have goals 👍🏻


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