So as the year wraps up, I find myself pondering the long list of mistakes I made this year and planning how to do better next year.
First of all, Dark Bargains has been kind of a disaster. I deviated from my original outline and lost all of my momentum. The story is still there, but it has changed so much that it’s just not coming together. I’m still slogging away at it, but it’s really not working well in the serial format with the changes and I’m strongly considering scrapping that and just releasing it as a novel. Either way, it *will* be finished in 2017. I apologize for the delay, but sometimes this just doesn’t work like paint-by-numbers the way I’d like it to.
I really should have started on the Andrew story from The Winter Billionaires series already. Honestly, I never expected the Winter’s Heat story to take off the way it did, so you guys caught me off guard without a follow-up ready. Billionaires haven’t really been my thing as a reader or a writer, so I’m still figuring that out as I go. It’s taken six months, but I’ve finally got some good ideas coming together and you can look forward to that in 2017. I’m thinking it’s probably going to be a bit shorter (Winter’s Heat was 120,000 words, about 500 pages in print which is *long*), and I’m still on the fence about whether I want to write and release it in the same serial format or whether to just publish it as a novel when the story is done. Given the number of one-star reviews I’ve gotten on Winter’s Heat for being a serial with cliffhangers, I’m strongly leaning towards doing the novel, though.
With One Word has been a quiet success. It’s not a huge seller, but the people who do read it seem to like it. That makes me happy, because it’s the kind of story that I really wanted to tell and why I started this pen name in the first place. I want to do more books like that. Innocence Whispers, Willow’s story, is 1/3 of the way done and as my Christmas present to me I’m dropping everything else for the rest of the year in a push to get it finished and published in January. The cover is ready, so I just need to finish the book. If I’m happy with it (and if my readers like it) I’ve got stories lined up for Willow’s friends Tegan and Lauren as well.
I’ve also got ideas for a couple of other series (novel-length series, not serial installments) sitting on the back burner. One is a set of military romances based around a team of former special forces hotties who provide international security in the nastier parts of the world as well as doing hostage rescues and anti-terrorism ops. Another is a set of contemporaries about three brothers living in a small town in Texas who each desperately needs the right woman to come along and heal his mangled heart. I’d like to get to those sooner rather than later, but we’ll see how things turn out.
So while 2016 was kind of a mess, overall it was positive. In 2017 I’ll work to stay on point instead of being scattershot about publishing in different genres, and I’ll be publishing more. I published over 300,000 words in 2016, and I fully expect to publish twice that much in 2017 as I’ve got close to 100k words of it already written. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for it, anyway.