Friday, November 13, 2015

NaNo and me

It's NaNoWriMo (we all know what that is, right?) and I don't use it for writing, per se. Let's face it, I do NaNo almost all the time. I average writing 2 or 3 books a year, so that's NaNo-like progress.

What I used it for this year was Thinking Time. I thought about promotional possibilities, came up with some plans for my back list books, and thought through how I want my Endless Dream series to play out. I gave myself permission to chill and just think.

Now I feel energized and ready to take it all on -- in addition to the Volunteer Time Suck that is eating up all my free time. I'm looking forward to the holidays so I can start putting some plans into action. I really don't have time to do anything else before then!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

And it's a wrap!

I finished Book 5 of the Dream Series -- High Five to me!

I started on June 1 and wrapped it up on September 29. Not bad work if I do say so myself. I took a week to do the tedious edits, and I'm letting it sit for now. I'm going to spend the next month or so working on promotion ideas, then I'll re-read the book in December and maybe launch into writing a new book in January.

Go, me!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

My year of vacation is slowing coming to a close

I took a vacation from publishing this year. I have 6 books finished in one series, 5 books done in another, and rather than submit to my usual publisher, I thought I'd take a year off, think about publishing and what I want to do, and approach everything fresh next year.

I still have a very active back-list that I can promote, I have a good relationship with both of my publishers, so I'm confident I can get back in the game if I want to. I am going to look at other publishers, just because I think it's good to branch out. I love the two I've worked with, but another publisher might stretch me a bit, and I do like a challenge.

The 6-book mystery series is, I think, ready to go. My other series, the Endless American Dream, is still in process. I won't even think about submitting it until I have 7 book of the 9 book series done. At the rate I'm going, that might be the end of next year. We'll see.

I did do some promotion this year on Goodreads and other spots, but I'm not sure it paid off. However, I'm not sure that any blatant promotion really helps. It's word of mouth, "buzz", that sells books, I believe. It's hard to generate that. I'm going to delve back into promotion at the end of this year, to work on getting more of my back-list books sold. My goal is to wrap up my current manuscript by mid-October then dig in to submit to publishers, do promotion, and decide on strategies for next year. I may write another mystery later this year, too. I already wrote 2 this year, so I may not.

One thing I'd like to try is to write the penultimate book in my Dream series next year. Here's my plan:

The Dream Series

Nightfall (the First Generation)
Volume 1: Books 1-3
Volume 2: Books 4-6
Volume 3: Books 7-9

Generation 3 (the grandchildren of people in books 1-9)

Generation 5 (the grandchild of the main character in Generation 3)

So I might write "Morning" next.

Or maybe not. We'll see!

Lots of thoughts about how to handle my "free" time once I wrap up the current writing on Book 5. But I have to do that first, so it's time to wrap up this post and get busy!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

I'm in the middle of pestilence now

War is still raging but I've shifted to a different character's story and now there's illness taking over the home front.

I have 3 main characters (actually 4, but I group 2 of them together as a couple). So I alternate chapters in that character's POV.

It's tough, but what I do is write all chapters for one character, then switch to the other. I'm on the last character (the couple). This means I often have to edit what occurred in the other chapters that are already done because it may affect what happened in the current chapter. Or vice versa.

Complex and fun. Still fun. That's the key. When it gets to be a chore: take a break.

Off to kill off someone. Not sure who yet, but I'm sure there will be tears.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Having fun, blowing up things one chapter at a time

Yep, I'm deep into war in my Sci Fi series, so I'm busily researching bombs and weapons and all kinds of nifty stuff.

I'm still searching for a publisher for my Remembered Classics Mystery series -- I confess, I haven't looked very hard, but I'm going to start again, soon! I have 6 books that need a home.

And alas, my promotional activities have lagged because ... well, see the title of this post!

Monday, July 13, 2015

I am in the zone!

I'm writing busily on the Endless American Dream series. I finished my last mystery in May and have been in dystopian America since then.

I love these characters and this story. As I told my DH: leaving my writing is like coming back from vacation. I so wish it would continue. It just energizes me.

If I can find a publisher for my 6 unpublished mysteries, then I"ll be set for a while and can continue working on The Dream.

Send positive thoughts my way!