It’s National Novel Writing Month, and I’m participating, though I’m not pushing hard to get to the 50k total. I’m working on the first book in a planned four-book baseball-themed series, with a goal of finishing a draft by the end of the year. I had about 14k going into November, so as usual for me, it’s just a matter of getting to THE END!
I’m also working on re-releasing the rest of my reverted titles from Dreamspinner. I’ve decided to go with a one-a-month plan, and each one will go into Kindle Unlimited for 90 days before wide release. I’m not doing major edits, just light clean-up here and there, so there’s no need to re-read/re-purchase (though it’s appreciated, of course!). I already released Home Field Advantage in October and En Fuego last week, and my future release plans look like this (subject to change, of course):
December: Dreams of Winters Past (four holiday-themed short stories)
January: Teaching Ben
February: Accidental Fall
March: Model Student
April: A collection of short stories, title TBD
May: Unfortunate Son
June: Wayward Son
July: Nobody’s Son (with bonus “Sons and Brothers” short story)
August: Sand & Water
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I have four events scheduled for the rest of the year, starting off with the NECRWA conference in Boston and running through the Georgia Romance Writers conference in October. If you’ll be at any of these events, let me know so we can meet up! The full schedule:
April 26–27, 2019
June 15, 2019
This inaugural event will be held at the Norcross Cultural Arts & Community Center. I’ll be on the main stage from 3 to 3:45 and doing a book signing after.
July 24–27, 2019
New York, NY
Moonlight & Magnolias
October 3–6, 2019
Peachtree Corners, GA
At the Georgia Romance Writers annual conference, I’ll be giving a workshop titled “Wrangling Manuscripts in Microsoft Word: Tips and Tricks for Authors,” covering topics like templates, Track Changes, and find/replace.
Putting together a writing schedule is a brand-new thing for me. I had a sort of de facto schedule for the second half of 2014, just because I had several deadlines that forced me to write stories in a specific order. I’m going to try to carry that on into 2015 and see if a schedule will help keep me on track.
Here’s my tentative writing schedule for 2015. Keep in mind this doesn’t include publisher edits, release dates, or event attendance—it’s just getting stories written, beta read, and ready for submission.
January–March: Nobody’s Son (Sons, Book 3)
March–June: Help Wanted (M/F contemporary)
June: Cabin Fever (anthology novella)
July: Snow Come Down (Christmas novella)
August–December: Under the Lights trilogy (NA, M/M, football)
I have firm deadlines for Nobody’s Son and the Cabin Fever novella. Everything else is super flexible at this point, except that I do want to have a novel ready to pitch at RWA next July. Right now, that’s slated to be the M/F title, but that could change. I’ll likely have at least one more short to fit in there too!
All this PLANNING stuff brings up an excellent question. We hear the plotter vs. pantser discussion about the writing process all the time, but what about when it comes to your writing schedule? Do you plan things out, or do you just write whatever comes to you next?
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