And I say Hey, What’s Goin’ On?

hmHello all! Another month has gone by and some of you may be wondering if I’ll ever have another book out. Well I sure hope so! With so many new releases coming out every day, it’s easy to feel left behind. My last release with a publisher was Mending Noel for Christmas. It might all seem a little quiet on the western front, but I assure you, behind the scenes, it’s non-stop. Sometime I have to remind myself what I’ve actually accomplished, because it’s all too easy for me to forget when there’s so much I want to get done. Taking a moment to think about it, I haven’t done too bad since the new year started, and I feel I’ve been making up for lost time–a good part of that is thanks to strict deadlines and mass organization.

I started off my newbie writing career as a full blown pantser, and although there’s still a good deal of that involved, I no longer write everything on the fly. Julius’s book, A Rose by Any Other Name was completely outlined from beginning to end, everything worked out. I also made myself work on solely that story until it was done. No jumping around to two or three stories at once. I had planned on 60k and ended up with 96,415 words. I submitted it in mid-January, so hopefully it won’t be too much longer before I hear back, though I know the publishing house that I’ve sent it to have been very busy.

Next, I wrote The Only Star for Remi & Hawk’s 1 year anniversary. It came in at 17, 419 words. I also created the cover for it which meant finding stock photos and putting it all together.

After that came An Intrepid Trip to Love which came in at 35,168 words, as well as the cover, plus I managed to squeeze in 20, 502 words of Hunter’s book. I had to pause that to finish Johnnie’s book.

Johnnie’s book, I did the same as Julius’s. Outlined everything, worked on only that. I gave myself a strict deadline, used a handy new spreadsheet the lovely Svanja Liv created for NaNoWriMo. Although I’ve yet to take part in NaNoWriMo (I plan to change that this year), I thought I would give the spreadsheet a try. I’m so glad I did. This little spreadsheet has worked wonders for me. It’s helped with my motivation in a lot of ways.  I’m very visual and if I can see how I’m doing, it makes me want to do more. Seeing the word count in Microsoft Word wasn’t enough. On this spreadsheet, not only can I put in my writing goals , but seeing that running tally rise while the words left went down, as well as the progress bar,  well, it was great. The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe came in at 68,465 words and was submitted May 31st. I’ll keep you posted on any replies.

My next deadline is for July 1st and that’s for Jack Frost’s story. He and Rudy were in Mending Noel. I had decided last Christmas that these fellas would get their own book this Christmas. So stay tuned for more on that. After Jack’s novella, I hope to finish off Hunter’s book and submit that. So, what are the figures?

2 novels submitted: 164, 880 words. 2 free novellas written and posted: 52, 587 words. 2 works in progress started: 20, 502 words.

Since Jan (not including blog posts or guest posts) 139,551 words written.

By the end of the year, I hope *fingers crossed* to have 3 new releases.

I scare myself sometimesAside all the writing, there’s also been guest posting and day to day shenanigans. All in all, not a bad year so far. I have big plans for a new series I’ve been working on for the last two years on and off. It’s 4 books initially. I’m hoping to get it ready and scheduled for release early next year. I’m very excited but it’s all a little hush hush at the mo.

Now my only thought is, if all my stories get accepted, will they all come back for editing at the same time? I think we both know the answer to that one.

x Charlie

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