Having the last LL&L blog of 2014 has made me very reflective, and excitedly hopeful at the same time.
It’s been one hell of a year for me!
I published my first novel in March! Wahoo. The process to hold Explosive Combination in my hands was a learning experience, to say the least. I went through so many rounds of edits, before and after submission and contract, that I got tired of my own story. Who would have thought? Every published author I know. I am so thankful to know several. If it weren’t for LL&L’s wonderful Monette Michaels, who graciously agreed to critique (aka massively edit) Explosive Combination, it never would have seen ink on the page.
In December my second book, Christmas in Cancun was published. I was much more prepared for that one. As the first in a new series, you’ll see those characters again soon.
My 2014 business plan called for more, but I seem to have gotten behind. Or I set my goals beyond my personal reach. I was supposed to put out three novels and a short story. Well, that third novel is 125,000 words. Just this past week I decided that it needs to be two books, and desperately requires more editing. As for the short story, now a novella, it will be published early next year.
So as I look at 2015, I’ve reworked my 1-, 3-, and 5-year business plans. The Black Swan series gets kicked to the front burner immediately after I turn in Conquered in Cancun, the short story that grew into a novella. The second book, Captivated in Cancun, will absolutely see the printed page next year, but no promises on Crisis in Cancun. There might be a short story in that series next fall, which knowing I have a problem writing short will most likely become another novella.
Sounds like a plan to me. Now if I can only meet my own expectations.
I’m also revamping my conference schedule and cutting back. I’ll be at Lori Foster’s Reader Author Get Together in Cincinnati in June teaching a workshop or two in the Liquid Silver Boardroom, and playing a few games with readers. I plan to attend the RWA National Conference in July in New York City. After that, I’m not sure about the rest of the year.
Being the last day of the year, this is also your last chance to comment and enter the contest for the diamond earrings.
Tell me your plans for 2015.