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.