Saturday, May 6, 2006
Juggling Projects (plus bonus giveaway!)
Wednesday FeyRhi posted this comment: “I'm here at least once a day to take a peek to see what you are up to and more times then not learn something new about the life of a multi-published author.”
I haven’t talked about my actual writing life in awhile so I thought I’d post a brief update for FeyRhi and anyone keeping tabs. The key word is ‘multi-published’. Though a beautiful word, one that fills me with pride and wonder, it also represents multi-obligations. If you’re multi-published, you’re multi-tasking. That’s if you’re contracted for even more books and committed to promoting previous, current, and future works. (Read: Building your career)
* Promoting... LASSO THE MOON, my historical western romance released a mere two months ago from Medallion Press. This includes participating in on-line chats and discussion groups, interviews, live group Q&As, booksignings and special appearances (like the upcoming Romantic Times Convention), adding special features to website, and blogging.
* Writing... ROMANCING THE WEST, the second in my western trilogy for Medallion Press. Deadline: August 1, 2006. Release date: Sometime 2007. As this is set in the American west, 1878, I’m also researching my butt off as I go. As I go, because I couldn’t do it prior, since I was writing ALL ABOUT EVIE, the first book in a contemporary series—THE CHAMELEON CHRONICLES. That book was due to HQN (Harlequin) February 15, 2006. The detailed synopsis for the second book in that same series was due March 15, 2006. LASSO THE MOON came out at this same exact time, so I was neck deep in heavy promotion. Even though I dug into RTW on March 16, and worked on it in some capacity every day, I’m just now, getting my groove on with that story.
* Revising... ALL ABOUT EVIE. I received the revision letter from my HQN editor mid-April. The suggestions are excellent, and will make the story even stronger, but they are many. Some, mostly those involving the con-artist aspect, require research. The rest, just my imagination and ‘fingers-to-the-keyboard’ dedication. Revised manuscript due: Sept 1, 2006. Release date: Spring 2007.
That’s what’s on my plate right now and through the summer. In addition, SEDUCED, the third in my romantic-comedy-suspense trilogy for MP, just celebrated its one year anniversary. Woo-hoo! Hard to believe that book has only been out one year. It seems a lifetime ago. As more readers discover my work, hopefully they’ll want to read my previous titles. So there’s always a bit of on-going promo in the back list arena.
So there you have it. A peek into the life of a multi-published author. Minus my real life obligations and other jobs. But you know about all that. And if you don’t, you can, by skimming this blog.
I’m devoting this weekend to ROMANCING THE WEST, so I won’t be posting tomorrow. Instead I'm giving away three signed copies of SEDUCED to celebrate the book's one-year birthday. Win! Win! Win! Already have it? That's okay. It makes a great gift!
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