Tuesday, 3 January 2017

What's What

Not really sure how I should go about this, but I thought I needed to add a few details to this place to tell you guys what I have planned for this year. Please keep in mind that things may change due to whatever reason, but for the most I’ve kept my year light while trying to push myself

I was going to be writing a collection of erotic short stories, 6-7 books would have equalled 35Kish. But instead a started a story that has told me, in a way most stories haven’t for a long time.

So the first book I’m writing and publishing this year is a 35-40K contemporary romance, novella. It doesn’t have a title yet and is about getting over loss and finding new love. Its making me do research and I just…yeah, might be in love and as I do so I’m feeling that I have regular stock characters. Not sure yet if they’ll be changing anytime soon, but food for though.

I’m hoping to finish (April is writing 50K in the same time frame, she’s going to crack the whip) by the end of Jan and release it around March.

Then I’m going to either start Greenbelt River Pack 1: N/A which is paranormal romance series featuring m-preg. That means that through the whole series only one wolf would be having the pups. This series will also hold at least 1 FMM (the lettering is for a point) and one MF. This series I’m also hoping to be on the larger end and I have a thought that more than just the MC’s will get page time, saying this if I end up doing that, the main MC’s will get a min of 60K story if the whole tale ended up being 80K  but there are certain things I need to put down in book 1 that can’t come from the main MC’s and if I do it in one book it’s going to have to be a part of the rest of the series.

I’m looking forward to writing this one. I will also being doing character bio’s or snippets for newsletter subscribers throughout the year if you wish for that type of extra content sign up now.

The others I will be working on as I say ‘either’ but really all these stories I’m talking about now actually need to be writing by July (October at the lastest)

A MMM paranormal Christmas story that I was meant to write this year and completely forgot, this one will be odd being as I’m actually not going to be set in Australia (as mine generally are, no matter how generic I am). It’s going to have snow, which means I have to figure out that. I’ve never really seen snow. Never been in it more than that one time when we went to the snowy mountains. That was fun, we complained. Special time by all.

I really like the idea. Hope it turns out as good as I want it to, but I’ve never really written a threesome in this way before and it’s thrilling …. We are looking at 40-50K on this one

The last book that’s a must is a Snag Collection I’m hoping to be released with a bunch of other Aussie authors. I have no thoughts, no ideas. Nothing on this one at all, it needs to be 25-45K I believe, and I’ll try for the higher end.

The second half of the year I want to write 1 or 2 McGee stories, for a 2018 publication as well as a novel or two for Heeley for the same year release, but I’m not going to look to far into the further, my real life has a fun little thing to dump on me and when I get that letter I know I’ll most def be useless for a large chunk of the month

On top of that other RL prob, I’m going to an event thing (really don’t know what it would be called, other than event) where I will be in a big room with other authors to sell books. Which, can you guess, I’ve gotta get me some paperbacks (another reason why getting those books finished by June is a good bet). But this also means a few bundles of my older stuff will be turned into paperbacks

Being That For You + Love Without Knowing It (this will be cool when I finish it)
Flipped 1: Less than a Day & This Life and Beyond + The Way Life Turns
[Encounter Space … just working on word count]

Also in Easter I’m hoping to debut as McGee with Different, another print book for Oct. I’m looking forward to seeing how that one does, even if I need to work out about getting it seen in a world I’ve not really ever been a part of, as that part of me is much more mainstream.

And that’s it, hope you find something you can look forward to, promise 2018 will be about things already set in motions, more Greenbelt, An Alphas World, and Encounter Space.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy New Year

The New Year. Everyone excited to see what happens next? I am hopeful. Looking forward to the new adventure I’m about to embark on and I thought I’d take this first post about the whys. I’m spoke a little about it on fb and if you’ve read my newsletter then you’ll understand a little more, but here’s the full story.

I have been a published author coming on my third year. I published my first short story in January 2014 with Loved by a Werewolf, not the best thing I've ever written but I went into that world with an open heart. That year I published 12 short stories which died down to 6 the year after and I believe 4 last year. This is because I struggled with the fact that I wasn't getting seen, but more so, I struggled with the idea of who I am as an author. I have never put a whole heap of stock in the idea of flash fandom, I've always been happy to wallow and continue on in a hope that people will find me, and love me. I am still that person, I have no need for the money this side will or won’t bring me, it's just a bonus.

However as the two years went on I was lost in the self-deprecating notion of wanting more, of needing more. The jealousy that came from nothing and was pointed at even less. I am very good at lying to myself and I have spent the last two years doing just that. Telling myself that I am what I’m presenting to the world, and failing with each new release.

Quoting “I write a scene not a full story” “I don’t know what my characters look like, they are just defaults of the plot, the story” “It’s an open ending, not a cliff-hanger” these things have run through my head over again and I’ve said out loud more times then I should without them ring back into my ears. But they weren’t and I was left standing with a scene from a larger story trying to sell it as if that’s all anyone wanted.

Then there comes to the editing, the proofing and those lovely professionals turning myself into something even less than what I was looking at. Even more proof I didn’t want to see what I was doing, what I was trying to peddle myself out as was the reason I was still broke.

Then words I uttered changed everything. “I am not a romance writer” with a reply from someone else “No, you’re not.”

Simple. Just that simply and my whole world imploded as I had to actually look at myself in a way I wasn’t able to before this moment.

Now I want to take a moment out to say that I don’t mean anything bad about my publishers or editors, they have all been great, done everything I’ve wanted, and been happy to accept. This has nothing to do with them AT ALL it’s all about me. What I am. Who I am.  

At the end of it I had to come clean with the facts. When I started writing I wrote, and finished, 3 x 80K and 3 x 50K stories. And then I wrote a quick 12K short stories for my blog, got it as good as I can get it and send it off to be published. This was where I said and believed I was nothing more than a short story writer, even tho the novelist in me has always shown itself, wanting to come out and has made my sink deeper and deeper into the misery of what the  next two years have become.

I’m sure you can see where this is going. And it hasn’t hurt that I’ve been mentioning it for last couple of weeks/months.

I am going into this new year to become a novel writer, though it’s going to be a bit iffy as a few of the stories I’m going to write might actually have an min word count will be around 40K, though I’m hoping after I get into the swing of it that I won’t even have that small a word count, but the stories I’ve got to write first are swinging more towards short stories then novels and I’m having a bit of trouble converting a few of them into that long a story.

So this post is the start of my new beginning. I am writing new stories, before heading into adding to the series I’ve already written. And tho only one of them is going to be over 50K min I have hope that it will begin a brilliant next step towards what I should have always been.

I will be changing the blog, I am in the same position as I was last time and therefore will be going towards the more traditional authors with posting things that come to me, things that are about my writing are about realisation, therefore I won’t be around a whole heap. Not really, and I’m hopeful that when I am it’ll be insightful, information from my head that will help others if they have doubts. Need inspiration, understanding that it’s not just you.

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And thank you for hanging in, you all mean so much to me. Let’s look at 2017 to be something better, something then what the last one was, and I’m happy and hopeful what I end up publishing will hold more than anything you’ve read from me before.

I am not a romance author, I’m a genre fiction writing, who just happens to have romance as one of my genres *wink*