Wednesday, July 9, 2014
2nd Quarter Report Card
So we are into July, and while I'm wondering where the heck the year has gone, it is ALSO time to hold myself accountable. But first... a piece of current events news:
They announced finalists in the Amazon contest yesterday. I wasn't one of them. I knew, or at least was pretty sure, last week when no call came, but I kept mum, all in the spirit of the contest. The Mystery/Thriller finalist is called The Dead Key and is fabulous (the excerpt available for the contest, anyway, and I assume the whole thing, since it won the category and all.) The others are I'm sure excellent, as well. I encourage you to go read them all and vote: Amazon Finalists
And Now for the Stuff More in my Control
I mean it is to the degree life doesn't throw me a wrench...
Finish Writing 10, 11, and 12 for A Shot int the Light, but keep in mind this REALLY was meant to happen 1st quarter. DONE
Polish same, plus 9. DONE (though 12 needs a tiny bit more)
Publish all of the above. Mostly (11 published 7/2 and 12 is coming)
Revise What Ales Me: Yeahno...
Revise one of my YA books: Um. No.
Write something in June: HA! Yes!
My analysis is A Shot in the Light took a lot LONGER and MORE WORK than I expected. I will probably always be a person who overestimates what I can get done, but life really can get in the way with these huge projects, and it seems much more noticeable than with 'just a book'.
As for my PLANS for A Shot in the Light... When I am done, I am going to query Amazon's serial arm... I think they may be willing to take it. I have proved quality in their own arena and I think with their promotion, it might do well. We'll see.
I published 11 last week, by the way. Did I tell you that? 12 is with 2nd readers.
So what are my 3rd Quarter Plans?
1) Revise What Ales Me
2) Finish first Undoing Book
3) POLISH Kaholotus and Medium Wrong
4) QUERY Kahlotus OR Medium Wrong
5) Amazon Query Shot (publish in other venues if rejected)
6) Finish publishing Shot and format 3rd paperback portion