Not those fun bits. Get your mind out of the gutter.
No, this is the annual post where I make big, ridiculous plans and you can all laugh at me next December. Hooray! We’ll make it a huge event: The Chastisement of the Over-Ambitious and Obviously Deluded Author.
Tickets available now. Get ’em while they’re hot!
Let’s make it good.
There’s a short story coming as soon as e-book distribution thingies are back from the holiday break. That is, if anyone’s interested in something set almost 20 years before Bound… nothing important happened back then, right? Nah.
We’re going to have a novel that one or two of you have been waiting for. Some kind of a sequel… thing. Torn something something? Yeah, that one.
That’s going to be coming in March. My priority is always going to be quality over speed, but I feel like we can at least have the e-book out by then. I’ll keep you posted.
I will be a giant ball of nerves and stress. You might not see much of me through February.
Then there will be a cover reveal, a first chapter reveal, pre-orders, a launch party on Facebook, giveaways, guest posts, and a whole bunch of other fun stuff.*
So that’ll take us through March.
After Torn is out, it’s back to work for me. Book 3 is drafted, but I’ve just had a bunch of ideas on how to improve it, and this means minor-to-major rewrites. And then there’s everything else that comes after that: beta readers, revisions, editing, etc.
But I’m going to go out on another limb here and say that it’s going to be out before the end of 2015. November. Early. Possibly sooner, but October seems like a terrible month to release a book. We’ll see how it goes.
Does that seem like a long way off to you? Trust me, it doesn’t from where I’m standing. It seems like a huge, crazy goal that’s going to require me to somehow break my distraction addiction.
And in the times when that one is resting or with readers or in editing, I’ll be working on a completely different project. I want four novellas starring a certain vampire that you’ve met before ready to go (or at least ready for editing) by the end of the year. I’m planning a big release of the whole shebang in 2016. But more on that later next year.
I’d tell you what I’ll be working on while those are being published, but it’s too nebulous, too uncertain, and quite frankly too exciting to share right now.
This post is, after all, about 2015.
So, to recap:
- short story
- publish Torn
- party party party party
- publish ______ (almost said it!)
- party party party party
- write a handful of novellas in another genre
- more partying and/or anxiety
And of course we’ll continue to have fun here. There’s a 95% chance I’ll be moving in the spring, and even if it’s hell for me, I’ll share whatever adventures we encounter along the way in the most amusing way possible. In the summer we’ll take some more trips (Fogo Island was fun, right? Guys?), and along the way we’ll have more promotions and cover reveals for Authors Who Are Not Me.
On a serious note… I can’t even begin to tell you guys how thankful I am to have had you all in my life this past year. Those of you who have been around for a while gave me the encouragement and kind words I needed to actually push my little project out the door. Some of you went ahead of me and weren’t afraid to talk about your writing and publishing journeys, and I thank you for that. Those of you who have come more recently are the readers I’m doing this for, and your messages, comments, and enthusiasm mean everything to me.
I’m going to stop before I get sniffly. Somebody must be cutting onions over here.
So there we go. Maybe my goals don’t sound like a lot. Maybe they sound insane. But this is what they are.
There are other things in the works… top secret things. But we’ll discuss those another time.
*more evil laugh*
*If you have a blog and would like to help host the cover reveal, release news, an interview, or just about anything else that relates to the book and does not involve embarrassing photos or videos of me**, please let me know! kate.sparkes (at) live (dot) ca
**We can totally post them of you, though.
December 29th, 2014 at 10:26 am
Sounds like you have a busy year.
December 29th, 2014 at 10:32 am
Probably not as productive as yours will be in terms of publication, right? 🙂
December 29th, 2014 at 10:36 am
Maybe. I think I’ve settled into a 3 book a year thing to allow for editing and cover art. Though the summer is going to be rough. My son is too old for summer school sessions, so I’ll be slowing to a crawl during that time. So I’m hoping to get two of the next books written before that happens.
December 29th, 2014 at 11:04 am
Arrgh, summer. I hear you. I think I need to just use school holidays for fun promotion stuff, and any writing I get done is a bonus.
(…she said as she realized she’d be editing next July.)
December 29th, 2014 at 11:07 am
I’m going to see how things go with doing only editing over the summer. That I can do at night and when the little guy is eating. Though I’m using his 2 week break to see how much I can get written at night. Promotional stuff is actually harder because he tries to commandeer any computer that is being used in his vicinity.
December 29th, 2014 at 12:47 pm
I’ve planned out only the first three months of next year. I’m afraid to go deeper. And I plan on revising end of January, in case I’m ahead/behind and what not.
But, let’s get serious here, You did awesome with the things you set out to do this year (at least how I remember them). I think you’ll do awesome heading forward into 2015 with your plans.
December 29th, 2014 at 2:20 pm
You make me wanna write. So excited for you and your upcoming year! *Squishy boobie hugs*
December 29th, 2014 at 9:50 pm
I think those are great goals! You can do it!
I enjoyed reading this and it made me chuckle a bit. 🙂 I am excited for what is to come! Weeee!!
January 1st, 2015 at 11:31 am
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