December kind of slipped by me, or flew by, actually. Between getting ready for and taking a family vacation, the holidays and working on fixing the mess I made of my NaNo book, I kept my head down and plowed through the month, only looking up now and then.
Now it’s January and my schedule is only a little bit lighter! I still have writing and family stuff, without the big vacation and the holidays I can get more writing in, right? I’m hoping I have several deadlines coming up fast!
I’m not sure how long you’ve been following me but I have this thing about resolutions.. I don’t make them. Instead I set goals for the year. This year my main goal is to publish 4 books, both novels and novellas. Who’s on board for this one?
Between NaNoWriMo and holidays time has slipped away from me.
I’m working on getting ready for a family trip, as well as (okay, I admit it, slowly) working on fixing the mess I made out of my NaNo project. Somehow I managed to make a 30k word project take up more than 50k. How? By changing things in the middle and rewriting scenes with out going back and removing the wrong stuff. Now I’ve got to do that. It’s not what I want to do… I want to binge watch Bones… but it must get done so here I go.
I had an amazing time! I saw a huge number of people that I hadn’t seen in years, some in 20 or more! Even a cousin that had to tell me who he was. I got to meet a lot of new people and tell even more about my books.
I was able to get my books into two new libraries! So if you live in the Clifton area or in Graham County, go in and ask for them, they should be available in both systems by now. I also hope to be able to schedule an event at the Safford Library in the future (when is going to depend on coordinating my schedule and theirs.)
It was a great trip and one I hope to do again next year. I’m also looking at the possibility of finding someone to share the booth with me and being able to go to the Graham County Fair next year.
One of the things every fledgling author is told is your cover has to sell your book. Make your cover say something about your book… Does your cover say Romance? or Paranormal Romance? and honestly? It’s not bad advice. Really. In all honesty, 90% of the time, a cover sells a book. I admit, I almost never NEVER read a blurb. Once in a while, if I’m really torn, I do, but not all that often.
On the other hand.. I have certain authors that I always read their books. Authors I grew up reading… I’ve gotten a little behind in recent years but eventually, no matter what the cover is, I read the book. In that list is Jude Deveraux, Catherine Coulter, Elizabeth Lowell, Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey, (btw, I almost named kid 3 Johanna…) Dean Koontz, and until she passed away, Anne McCaffrey.
Yes, I know Dean Koontz and Anne McCaffrey are the odd men out there, oddly enough, they’re the ones I’ve been reading the longest…
Have you seen any of their covers recently? The best word that comes to mind is ABSTRACT. The covers have no models… Catherine Coulter’s Sherlock and Savich have never been given faces. Almost paranormal abilities? Sure. Faces? Never!
This is a goal of mine… to hit a best sellers list (as most of these authors do with nearly every release) with even the most abstract (even ghostly or smoky image on the cover…) To have people willing to drop $10 or more on a story just because my name is on it. When I was growing up, this was amazing…
Now, 20 years later, it still is.
I managed to farm out 2 of my remaining kids (my niece is visiting her sister) for the next week and all I’m left with is the one that drives. This frees me up for a lot of work time. I can send her to the store and make her do most of my shopping.
The other plus side is, I don’t have to leave the house in the extreme heat we’re having! YAY! I am getting a bit of work done, not as much as I managed in Vegas but a good deal.
I’m seriously considering doing Camp NaNo next month so I can finish this draft. I’m getting there, I’m roughly 3/4 finished… and I’d love to get it done by the time the niece gets home mid-July. Yes, I have something else in the works for once this gets done!
and though I hate having to admit it, I lost this time around. Between races, graduation stuff, a new part time job and the stomach bug from hell, I didn’t manage to make my goal. On the plus side, I did manage to add more than 14k words to my story. And Prom is done… Now we have the Senior Trip coming up, then, in less than a month, she graduates. (someone, hold me, please!)
Deep breath and move on. I’ll manage and keep writing too.