Shotgun Groom’s Publishing Date is Delayed, Contest Coming Up, and a Tentative Plan for Future Books

First of all, I do plan to do a character interview with Rick from Her Heart’s Desire.  Unfortunately, I’ve been catching up on daily word counts at night because my days have been busier than usual (not a bad kind of busy but still busy).  It takes me an hour to do a character interview, but it only takes 15 minutes to write a post like this.  So now you know why I’ve pushed back the interview.  🙂

Now for the topics of this post…

1.  Shotgun Groom’s publication date is delayed.

First my content editor was delayed due to family and friend health issues.  Now my copy editor is delayed because of work-related issues.  I was supposed to send Shotgun Groom off to my proofreader yesterday, but that didn’t happen.  There’s no way I can get the book out by November 15.  When the proofreader is done, I have to go through the entire book again for the final read through, and I can’t rush that part of the process, just as they can’t rush their parts. 

So I am hoping to get the book out on November 20; however, if it’s pushed back to around Thanksgiving, then it’s pushed back to Thanksgiving or the day after, which is when few people will be online.  LOL  Oh, the irony, right?  I guess I could hold out for December 1.  I’ll have to think about it. 

Still, I’m hoping to publish it on November 20.  *fingers crossed*

2.  When Shotgun Groom is out, I’m going to run a contest for a chance to win a copy of it in ebook form.

I’m not running the contest yet, but for those interested in entering I’ve finally decided on the contest.  I want to rename The Keeping of Greg Wilson, which I hope to start writing within the next few months.  I want to rename it because it’ll be a complete new book.  The basic plot will stay the same, as will the main characters.  Greg will still be forced to marry Patty.  Similar to Shotgun Groom, yes.  But the spin will be a bit different.  I think I’ll make someone marry Greg and Patty, instead of her forcing him into it.  I don’t want to use the title Shotgun Wedding because it’s too similar to Shotgun Groom.  Anyway, I’ll give more details when I run the contest, but if you want to start brainstorming titles, now is the time.  😉

3.  At the moment, I have the urge to start Just Good Friends.

This will be a holiday romance, so the anticipated publishing date would be November of 2012.  As it is right now, this is my tentative publication schedule:

Isaac’s Decision: January 1, 2012

To Have and To Hold: March 1, 2012

Her Heart’s Desire: May 1, 2012

Bound by Honor, Bound by Love: July 1, 2012

Mitch’s Win: September 1, 2012

I have started all of these books.  What I might do is start Just Good Friends at 100 – 200 words a day to get the ball rolling.  I don’t have to write too many words each day to get the book going, and 100 – 200 words can be written in 15 minutes. 

BTW, if I miss a word count on a certain day, I don’t stress it.  I don’t try to make up for the missed word count on the next day.  Each day is a clean slate.  I think this is the key to not getting burned out as a writer.  I also schedule a day here and there where I don’t have to write anything, esp. on days when I expect to be busy or am working on getting a book ready for publication.

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7 Responses to Shotgun Groom’s Publishing Date is Delayed, Contest Coming Up, and a Tentative Plan for Future Books

  1. dorothypaula says:

    Feeling a little better, but this past three weeks have been the pits, right inner ear stress-wise (you know my problem). We’ve had to downsize, so we moved our upstairs bedroom to the first floor, so we could close the upstairs floor of our empty-nest and save on heating oil and electricity. I haven’t done much writing these past few weeks, although my new book “Sunset in Paradise” is well underway. Hopefully I can resume it, shortly. I have been following your posts as much as I can and am anxiously looking forward to your new books as you publish them. You have so many wonderful ideas and I love your writing. Your stories keep me glued to the very last page. Don’t know if you’ve heard from Smashwords, but Kobo, has been acquired today for $315 million by Japanese e-commerce powerhouse Rakuten – Japan’s version of Amazon. Oh, the rich (sighing). Still, I thank the Good Lord for all the love he has given us. No amount of money can replace that (smiling). Lotsa hugs, and keep those great books coming. 🙂

    • How exciting about your newest book! I look forward to reading it! Your new covers are amazing. Very catchy!

      I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling well. Is it the time of year? My sinuses have been acting up more than usual. It’s nothing like what you go through, but I have noticed the difference.

      You know, I’d be afraid to be rich. I like the Psalm in the Bible where it asks the Lord to be neither rich nor poor but to have enough. I’m always afraid if I have too much, I’d feel like I didn’t need Him in my life, but I also want to eat, have shelter, clothing, too.

      Have you been making blog posts? I should check. WordPress did something to the system where I ended up losing all my subscriptions. *sigh*

    • Oh, I did see that about Kobo! I thought that was exciting news.

  2. ChristinaLi says:

    Great post! I just have to ask: How on earth do you keep track of five or six plots at the same time?

    • I actually have an easier time writing multiple books at once than just writing one book because my mind is always shifting from one book to another, no matter what I’m working on. It helps me to think of books in terms of my word count goals. So I don’t tell myself I’m writing a book. I just tell myself that I will write 500 words in one half hour for Her Heart’s Desire. Then I finish, take a break, and then come back to write 1000 words in one hour for another book (in this case To Have and To Hold). I usually take a longer break after this before jumping to my next word count goal. It’s really only 2.5 hours a day I have to spend writing. By breaking things down into word count goals and short time periods, I don’t get overwhelmed with the thought of writing four or five books. 😀 Hope that all makes sense. Getting the routine down was rough for a month, but now that it’s established, I have an easy time with it.

      • ChristinaLi says:

        Thanks so much. Your ‘word count goal’ method really makes sense and sounds actually manageable. (Also much more efficient!) Currently, I’m working on NaNoWriMo (and getting blown away by my daughter’s word count!). I love writing fiction, but I have a new respect for writers like you who have been doing it awhile. Trying to keep it all straight and believable and interesting is not easy, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Thank-you for all your great insights and tips and willingness to talk to new writers like me.

        • A friend shared her technique for reaching her desired word count, so I snagged it from her. 😉

          If you saw my first attempts at writing, you’d laugh your head off. It was awful. I keep it for sentimental reasons, though I’d never show it to anyone.

          You know to be honest, I still feel like I just started at writing. I mean, I know the time has passed and I’ve gotten more books out, but the time has gone so fast. It’s always a pleasure to talk to you. 🙂

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