Ah. New Year’s Eve. A time for navel-gazing and oh so much cringing.
2013′s pulling to an end, and this has been a hell of a busy year. I released a total of 17 [HOLY FUCKING SHIT, I had to recount twice] stories, including two rights-reverted re-releases, and four novelettes I wrote for freebies.
No wonder my hair’s been looking a bit thin lately.
That release schedule wasn’t intentional in the least. It was a perfect storm created by me trying to build a readership in two subgenres simultaneously and having to make up some ground from last year.
Earlier this year, I pulled all five stories in what would become my Natural Beauty series. I didn’t really talk much about that, because, well…I didn’t know what to say.
It was a collection of stories that pretty much went unnoticed. I earned enough from them to have a medium pizza delivered (including tip). I pulled the entire series from their publisher just before the fifth story was due out, and I knew what a mess that would make for me.
I had a huge hole in my backlist I worked overtime to fill, and I had to. I felt like 50% of the work I did last year–writing and editing and careful promotion – had fallen into a void. This business is predicated on people being able to find you…and that means having lots of great content available for them to discover.
I lost a lot of mine in one fell swoop.
The series is back now, though, and I’m pleased with how they’re faring.
*ping ping ping ping*
They may not be on the hot tamale train with my erotic romances or my paranormals, but they’re definitely more discoverable now.
Next year, I think I can ease off a bit with my output. I don’t want to fall off the radar at all, but I want to be able to vacation without feeling twitchy that I’m forgetting to do some work-related thing.
To accommodate that, I’m putting myself on a bit of a book diet starting in the summer. (I’ve got some stuff to finish up before then.)
In first quarter, you’ll see these books launched:
-Teaching the Cowboy
-Melt My Heart (contains my anthology story “A Demoness Matched”)
-and Colleen’s Choice
Second quarter, I’m finishing up the Shrew & Company series with Maria’s story (currently untitled. sowwy.). I’ll also be releasing another novella for the Den of Sin series. Right now the other Den authors and I are working out what theme the second batch will have, so stay tuned regarding that.
This is where things get a bit loosey-goosey. I’m sending the next incubus book out next month, and hope to finish up the third book in that series in March. As those haven’t been acquired and scheduled yet, I can’t plug them into my schedule. Maybe they’ll be 2014 releases. Maybe not.
I do know I’ll be starting a new paranormal series as I wind those two up… Okay, I shouldn’t say starting. More like picking up. Remember those fairies? I’ve outlined the first novel-length book of that world and have plans for a four-book series. What the hell I’ll do with it, I don’t know. A lot will depend on how long that first book ends up being and where I am with the incubi. I don’t want to have multiple open series running simultaneously at the same publishing house, so that’s a consideration.
In fall, I’ll spin off Shrew & Company into something else. (You’ll probably figure out what that is at the end of book five.) That first book probably won’t see the light of day until 2015 depending on–you guessed it–where the incubi are.
My extra-sexy Lyrical Press contemporary romance Seeing Red will release in September 2014.
I recently contracted a novella set in my Storafalt world. Back to Storafalt will probably come out in 2014.
Okay, wait. How many is that so far? I may need to stop. *goes back and counts* Okay, that’s eight for sure. I’ve got one other contemporary I want to get out in 2014, and one more set in Storafalt I’ll play with over the summer…oh, and I’d like to squeeze in a book set just after Seeing Red in the same world. Lord knows when I’ll be able to write it.
I don’t know what winter is going to look like, and this year? I don’t plan on penciling anything into it. If Q4 2014 is anything like Q4 2013 has been, I’ll be up to my doo-dah in edits and other time-consuming things on the business end.
Shit. Well, that probably won’t be 17 at any rate.
Uh…a toast to less scrambling in 2014! *raises champagne flute with twitching hand*