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Keep Track of Me in 2016 (and Beyond)

First up: In case you hadn’t noticed, I have a shiny new header and a shiny new tagline: Romance for Every Heart. The tagline reflects my belief that love is for everyone, and my intent to show that with the stories I write. Even though some of those stories might fall outside your usual reading boundaries, I hope you’ll give them a try. Don’t worry—I have no plans to leave M/M romance behind. 🙂

I’ll also be working on a redesign of the website, and along with the new look, I’ll be launching a newsletter probably later this month. Sign-ups are available right here. I don’t expect to publish more than once a month, and likely less often than that. Expect to find updates on upcoming titles, sneak peeks at cover art, snippets of works in progress, and a giveaway now and then.

So, what kinds of things will I be telling you about? I’m glad you asked!

I have only one firm submission deadline this year. In the fall, I’ll be submitting my (first?) title for the Dreamspun Desires line, Dating the Dad Next Door, with tentative publication slated for late 2017 or early 2018. In the meantime, though, I’ll be working on three primary projects: Help Wanted, an M/F category romance; Out of Bounds, the first in a college-set, sports-centered, crossover series (with M/M, M/F, and F/F titles); and Rhythm & Blues, a set of three thematically related M/M novellas. I might also try to squeeze in a Christmas story. I’ve been jonesing to write one for a while now.

I don’t currently have any firm publication dates during 2016, but after successfully getting In From the Cold published to Amazon in December, I’m working on self-publishing some more second editions. I have a novella and a short story that will revert to me this year and another short story that I already have back. Expect the novella in March, one short story in June, and the other short story in August (dates subject to change). And I plan to have those be available more widely than just Amazon this time!

(I’ll be doing cover art for those too, which is a whole different kind of fun. The novella cover is already done and will debut in the newsletter. :D)

On another note, I’ve decided not to publish guest posts regularly like I have been the past couple of years. I hate to do it, but it’s time I can’t really spare right now. I will still post occasional guest blogs as part of special events (like charity blog hops), so if you have one of those coming up and would like me to host, feel free to shoot me an email. 🙂

 

Planning Ahead: My 2015 Writing Schedule

2015_StuartMilesPutting 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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