Thursday, November 13, 2014

On track, on target, writing like a fiend

I've finished Emma and Booker's part of Book 4. Now I'm working on Drew and Pete's. That means I have 10 more chapters to write then I'm done. I set a goal to have this done by mid-December at the latest, so I'm writing like a crazy fiend.

Also, I plotted 2 -- yes, 2 -- books at my casino getaway with my writing buddies, so in January I'm going to leap on those books. I'll have 4 mysteries done (plus those two once they're done) and 4 American Dream books done. 8 books in the bag.

Now time to find a publisher....

Thursday, October 23, 2014

And the epic continues!

I am making amazing progress on the Endless American Dream series. I'm almost done with book 4. I have Booker's chapters finished, 2 more Emma chapters to write, then 7 Drew chapters to write. I think I can finish it by December 1 (my goal), then assemble it all and do some critical editing.

In January I want to start writing a new mystery and kick off my new adventure: a year of promo. I do little or no promotion for my books, so I'm designating 2015 as The Year of Promotion. I'll focus on promotion every day, in some way shape or form, along with my writing. I hope to work on the Dream series from March until December next year.

I also want to find a publisher for my Children's Classic Mysteries (my re-write of the Arthur story, Peter Pan, etc.) I'm not getting any feedback from the editor I pitched to, so I'm going to move on and find someone else. Or Wild Rose, but I'm not sure they're right for them.

I shall report back on my progress, of course.

Tomorrow I'm off to the casino to plot a new book (see note above about writing in January). Wish me luck on the slots!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Progress progress progress

I'm feverishly working on the Endless American Dream series. I took a week to just think about the plot for the next 3 books (Volume 2), so I have a clear sense of direction to work toward. I'm about halfway done with Book 4, have a large amount of Book 5 blocked out, and have a glimmer of ideas for Book 6.

My goal was to work on this until Dec. 31 this year, but I may extend that goal. Or I may shift my focus briefly and write another mystery (I have ideas simmering), then come back to this more or less full-time.

I have 4 mysteries in the bag, ready to release, and am waiting to hear back from an editor about whether she wants them or not. If she does -- yay! I'm set for a few years, and can focus on the Dream series. If not, I'll have to hone them and continue to shop them around, or self-pub them, but I'd rather have a publisher for those books.

So in short: keeping busy! I'll report back  on if I get a contract or not. Fingers crossed!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

It's loose!

I released Tried today, which is a rewrite of one of my first books (Your Saving Grace). I HATED the old cover (let's not go into that old mess here, but chat with me sometime at a conference and I'll give you the sordid story), and I really disliked how my editor had me change a few key scenes.

So I had a chance to set the whole record straight, with a new cover and newly revised content. Will it sell more now? I have no idea, but at least I can sleep at night knowing I finally gave this book the attention I think it deserves.

So here it is, Hannah's story -- a woman who was a witness in a trial a long time ago and has served on a jury recently. Now somebody is out for revenge, but is it today's killer? Or the one she helped put in jail so long ago?


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy birthday to me!

Yep, I had one of those milestone birthdays yesterday. I won't say which one, but I will say that I *could* retire now according to the Social Security Administration. I won't, of course. I like money too much to quit working right now.

I'm busy on my Endless American Dream series and having so much fun! I'm actually trying to roughly plot out the next 3 books (which are the middle 3 of a 9 book series). I found I need to plot in order to make sure all my subplots hang together. I am having a blast! I'll be working on this until the end of the year, so

Life

Is

Good!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I met my deadline!

And a big WHOOP is heard...

I set a nearly impossible deadline of writing a book between April 17 and July 1. I didn't account for 2 weeks of travel and 2 trees falling on my house during a storm, so when I wrote "THE END" on July 7, I counted that as a DEADLINE MET.

Yay me! I wrote 2 books this year, so that means I get to do what I really want to do -- work on my Endless American Dream series. I'm going back into *that* writing cave now, reviewing what I wrote last year and preparing to embark on a new volume (3 books).

And yes, I have a new book out (Resorts), and will have a re-print coming later this year (Tried, a revamped Your Saving Grace). I'm busy but I'm here!