Upcoming Projects

I wanted to post a quick little update.

I’m in the middle of working on the Author’s Extended Edition of Cheap Guitars, and editing Cheap Lies. They’re coming along fabulously.

But why am I posting this?

I have committed myself to writing the first book two new projects this year, on top of everything else. Am I a little crazy? Absolutely. But I think (I say think because I don’t want to jinx myself) I’ve finally hit a stride in my writing where I’m not wasting time anymore. I’m procrastinating less. I’m writing every single day. Recently, I started a bullet journal, and have up to four months of my writing schedule worked out. My graduate work will be worked in as I go, too. I’ve found bullet journaling efficient when keeping track of what I have planned for the day. It’s also helped me become incredibly organized when it comes to tracking timelines, character names, and word count goals.

How efficient?

I just hit the 50,000 word mark for Camp NaNoWriMo.

So, if you see two new novels in my Goodreads account, they’re untitled, but they have their spots saved. It’s my way of committing myself to working on them (which I find to be smarter than setting a 3-month preorder deadline and running into print and editing issues). I’m not rushing myself this time (okay I am a little because I want CG and CL to be back on Amazon, but they are already written and the updating/adding to the storyline has been coming to me incredibly fast). I’m not even setting a specific word count for my new projects since I don’t want to stifle my stories (something I’ve worried about doing in the past).

I’m not bragging about my word count.

I’m not.

Back to writing for me! This update ended up a little longer than I wanted it to be, haha.

Update: Cheap Tricks

It’s not easy to decide that you need to push back the publishing date of your next novel, but it happens. I can’t express how sorry I am that I won’t be publishing Cheap Tricks in April, but I will say that it is better for the story. That gives me a little more time to finish it, and for my editor and beta readers to read through it. It gives me time to see if anyone wants to read an advanced copy, who might leave good reviews, and help me get traffic to the book. It’s going to be the last one in the Cheap series for a while. I don’t want to say it’s done, because I could write stories about Amy and her cousin when they’re adults, but for now I want to focus on a few other projects like a stand alone and a small trilogy.

This story has been the hardest one for me to write yet. I think a large part of it has to do with that I am being harder on myself, but also there are more themes and subplots I must deal with, and I want to make sure I wrap up everything correctly before the book is published. There’s also the small issue that I wanted to include some Civil War-era letters that Sophie finds on her Mamaw’s farm, but I’m not sure if they’re going to make the final cut. Hey–who knows, maybe I’ll write a historical Cheap story. That would be fun. 

So, as of now, the release date I’m aiming for is like June 9th. That gives me plenty of time to try to get the book in tip-top shape. To let my editor look at it, for me to rewrite if I feel like something needs to be ironed out, to let my beta readers get their hands on it, and for me to order the print proof so that I can check and make sure there aren’t any final errors. Being an indie author isn’t easy sometimes, haha. So much goes into it that sometimes I think my head might explode from the pressure I’m putting on myself to produce a book, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Right now, I’m rearranging scenes, and even deleting a couple chapters that I decided will not work for the story. It’ll be a much better book in the end, and I might actually finish it now at the end of the month. I just happen to feel way more comfortable with the June release date than one in April…because I’m not going to publish a first draft. That’s what gives Indies a bad rap. I had to learn that lesson the hard way when I finished Cheap Guitars and published it (I have some EXCITING news about an Author Anniversary Edition for that one, but I’m not releasing any actual details yet).

Okay. I need to go rework a couple things and check on my brother’s cats. If you are a reader, I thank you for your patience. If you want to subscribe to my newsletter, you can go to my Facebook page here and find the email subscription button (I’m still trying to figure out how to put that in other formats).