Hello to all you sophisticated and scholarly readers out there. With the new year upon us we figured it would be a good idea to lists some of our plans for the upcoming year. Not only does this keep you folks in the loop, but it also holds us accountable for getting stuff done. Let’s get to it in no particular order.
Start The Drunken Pen Writing Podcast
Yes, we know we’ve been talking about starting the DPW podcast for at least a year now. The thing is, we actually got everything together finally! That’s right, we have all the equipment, the space, and the ideas. All there is to do now is record some episodes!
Increase Our Number Of Press Events
In the last year we had the privilege to cover Wizard World Pittsburgh and Wizard World Cleveland. We met a lot of awesome people and learned a great deal about marketing, the creative process with writing and art, and the various methods of getting published. This year we hope to travel to more cities and meet more creators. First up is Cleveland again, then possibly Philadelphia, Columbus, and Baltimore. Of course, we’ll take things day-to-day.
Possibly Create A Patreon So We Can Pay Writers
One idea we’ve been shooting around is creating a Patreon page or something similar. This isn’t so we can make money, but rather bring in money to give to you folks! We would love to be able to pay people for their work and have contests with awesome prizes. We’ll see how the podcast does first and go from there.
Create A Print Magazine
This is a bit of a lofty goal, but we would love to start a Drunken Pen Writing print magazine. If we start a Patreon and it does well, this could become a reality. Creating a well made magazine, paying writers for work, and hiring artists is expensive. So, while we would love to create the magazine now, it’s just not financially feasible at this time. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen down the road!
Publish The DPW Short Story Collection
While we wanted to do this last year, our work load increased much more than we were expecting. This year we have a pretty good plan for what we want to do. Not to mention the podcast will keep us on track as we expect to dedicate at least one episode a month to our personal writing outside of the site. We also plan to submit work to various publishers individually, which is something we didn’t get around to doing last year.
Grow Our Fanbase
The final goal we have for this year is the same we have every year, build our following. We’ve done a steady job of this throughout 2017, but we haven’t really made it the focus it should be. This year we think it’s time to really aim for a larger audience. We know that comes with a lot of added pressure, but we feel we are capable of handling it now. Plus, isn’t it about time DPW became a popular brand!?
Well, that’s all I can think of at the moment. If we come up with any other plans we’ll let you all know right away. Until then, feel free to let us know if you have anything you think we should do.