Summer reading time is here! (For the record, I’ve never understood “summer reading”… I read all the time!) Solomon’s Throne is now available on Amazon in print and ebook, on CreateSpace in print, and is “processing” on Nook but will be available soon. Thank you to all who have bought signed copies – I’m about out and will need to order more. But please feel free to order online – it’s a fun, exciting read with engaging characters, and interesting plot, and a lot of traveling around the world.
In other things writing…
I finished the first draft of The Hoard of the Doges, the sequel to Solomon’s Throne, and will be doing the first “quick edit” in the next couple of days in preparation for it going to beta readers. The book will be published in mid-September if all goes well. The Quinns are off on another exciting treasure hunt, with the world’s oldest crime family on their trail. Stay tuned!
The final edit of Undaunted Love begins this week also. This book, after much deliberation, is being sent to an agent. This is challenging for me, because I’m really sold on indie publishing. But… she wanted a Civil War romance, and that’s what I’ve got. So we’ll see how that goes. If she doesn’t want to represent it, I’ll go the indie route with that one. It would then probably have a September release date also, depending on Streetlight Graphic’s schedule.
I am doing a Young Adult dystopian fantasy (much more dystopian than fantasy!) for the August Camp NaNo. I’m excited about the concept (my screenplay is also dystopian, although not fantasy, and I really had fun writing it), and YA is a lot shorter, so it will be a more laid back month. I’ll either get it finished in 2 weeks like I did the screenplay, or I’ll write less per day. Either way, it will be more relaxing!
I’ve been trying to figure out how many books a year I can write and not be burned out. I think 4, although perhaps 5 or 6 if I needed to. But 4 seems like a good number, when you add in editing and beta readers and editing again, and then, well, life. For me, I think the main thing is genre… When I do too many stories in one genre I get bored or tired (or something).
For instance, I really love the Quinns and Mac, and I love the treasure hunt genre and doing research and all that… but I’ve done 2 of them in a little over 8 mos, and I’d be just as happy not to meet up with them again until next year. I’ve had several beta readers ask me (vehemently) for a sequel to Undaunted Love, but I don’t think I will (at least not this year!) because honestly, how much can 2 people go through??
For me, the key to keeping the writing fresh and fun is to have a loose (very!) outline, a fun plot (usually requiring research into interesting and unusual locations), characters that I love (or love to hate). I’m not writing the next great American literary classic. I’m writing to have fun myself, and so my readers will have fun reading. I hope to keep doing that for many years to come!