First, the news.
I am very excited to announce that my first book, Little Bird, has been contracted for publication by Musa Publishing. It’s scheduled for an August 2013 release so unfortunately there’s still a bit of a wait ahead but I am beyond excited about this and will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
As for my plans and goals in 2013…
Well, that’s sorta hard to pin down. I’ve always wanted to write and have started and abandoned dozens of books previously but I wasn’t even attempting to write anything a year ago. For some reason, I got a wild hair and decided it was time to try again over the Fourth of July weekend. The first draft of Little Bird was completed in mid-August. Then I rewrote and edited and rewrote some more until finally I was ready to send it out on submission. I was offered the contract in the second week of December. So, it took me six months, more or less, to get Little Bird from plot bunny to contract. I was also working full time at my day job, Little Bird was my only project, and I really had no idea what the hell I was doing. Because of that, I don’t really feel like I have adequate experience to try and set realistic goals for myself in 2013. I just don’t know what to expect. Especially when you factor in wait times with various publishers while things are out on submission.
Effective January 7, 2013, I am cutting my day job back from 40+ hours/week to an average 28 hours/week. This will give me more time to focus on my writing so I’m hopeful I’ll be able to accomplish a number of things in the coming year.
First, I’m working on a bittersweet little Christmas story that I plan to submit to an anthology for Christmas 2013. I’m challenging myself a little with this one but if it turns out the way I hope it will I think it will be nice. If it isn’t accepted for the anthology I have in mind I’ll submit it elsewhere, hopefully still for a Christmas 2013 release.
Second, I’m working on a paranormal short story with a werewolf heroine who happens to be a dog trainer. So far this is a fun little story, more lighthearted than anything else I am working on. At the moment, I’ve written myself into a bit of a corner with this one but I hope to get that sorted out in the near future. I’d like to get it contracted in 2013, hopefully for a late 2013 release. But I’d be satisfied with a contract in 2013 and a 2014 release.
Third, Vanessa North and I are working on a joint project. I’m having a ridiculous amount of fun with this and I really have high hopes for our little love child. If we keep our current pace, I expect this to contract in 2013 and hopefully release in 2013, as well.
So, that’s what I know I’m working on for 2013. I also need to start the first follow-up to Little Bird and I have several other plot bunnies hopping around all willy-nilly. If I’m lucky, I’ll trap a few of them, too!