I know I haven’t been around much at all. I did try to warn you. Things haven’t been particularly exciting. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. Trying to figure out what skills I’m going to need in this changing market. (Other than being able to write a great book.) I’ve been fighting it, but I’m going to have to learn how to design my own site so I don’t have to rely on anyone else to update it. I’m also going to have to learn how to upload my work to Kindle. (I don’t think that’s going to be too difficult.) And the final thing I’m going to have to learn how to do is design book covers. If I manage to get the rights back on several of my older titles, I’m going to need to have new covers designed. If I don’t learn how to design covers in the long run it could end up costing me quite a bit. And I don’t want to spend a chunk if I’m not going to be able to earn it back.
I’ve been paying very close attention to J.A. Konrath and his progress with Kindle releases. I don’t have as big a name as he does, but I do have some readers. I also have a few things written that I never submitted anywhere that could work to entice new readers. I’m still editing Gothic Passions. Yes, it’s taking me way longer than it should. I keep doing it in pieces. What can I say? It’s hard for me to read my older work.
None of this changes the work I’m doing for New York. I’m still working on my
never-ending story YA. And I’ve been playing with a couple of adult ideas, one urban fantasy and one dark paranormal romance. We’ll see what comes of these projects. At some point, I’m going to have to query agents. At present, I’m in no hurry to do so. My guess is that will happen in the fall after I put together a few different projects. Not many folks in New York are accepting partials anymore. Too many authors have missed their deadlines. Some with the help of editors, some not. So now everything has to be a full. As you all know, it takes time to write a single title book. Hell, it takes time to write a 70 to 80K YA book. It takes time to write a book period. Add to that needing to have a few things put together and you do the math.
So there you have my exciting plans for the summer. I’ve seen Iron Man 2 twice, the Losers, and I’m thinking that it may be an Oceans and Robin Hood weekend. How about you? Any movie plans? I’m just counting the days to Prince of Persia. Can’t wait.