Schedule Updates

Some Like It Hot, book #7 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeI’ve been moving my schedule around to accommodate the new publication date of Bad Case of Loving You. I also want to start some new projects.

One of the results of this reorganization is that Some Like It Hot has been moved to a February 2020 publication date. That will take my contemporary romance publication schedule back to two titles a year. (Theo and Lyssa messed me up, but in 2020 we’ll be on track again.)

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah CookeThe contemporary romance after that (summer 2020 pub date) will be a Coxwell book. I also want to set some romances at Flatiron Five West, and will be attending RWA National in San Francisco in July 2020 with the plan of doing some research there.

I’m planning to finish up Under the Mistletoe and publish it this fall, so it will be my 2019 holiday romance read. First, Theo and Lyssa, then Chynna.

Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix, 2019 new editionAs for Claire’s books, there will be One Knight’s Return this month, which has proven to be another one of those little republication projects that ended up taking a huge amount of time. (The second half of the book is all new and the first half has significant changes. It would have been faster to just write a new book!) Then there will be a republication of Unicorn Bride in August, which really will be a republication and very close to the original.

That’s where we stand!

Moving Dates

Bad Case of Loving You, book #6 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeThis year, I’m determined to get ahead of my publication schedule, so that books are done and loaded well in advance of publication. This will make it easier for me to plan and also to promote those books. This means I need to delay publication on some things. In future, I won’t tell you what I’m working on until it’s loaded for pre-order (and done). So, we’re in a little transition phase.

First up, the publication date for Bad Case of Loving You moved to April 16.

Next, One Knight’s Return‘s publication date moved to May 21.

Third, Some Like It Hot moved the fall – it now has an October 29 publication date. At this point, I’m thinking it will be the last Flatiron Five book, but we’ll see.

What goes in the gaps?

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah CookeUnder the Mistletoe will be a September release. It makes more sense to publish a Christmas book in the fall than in the spring, after all. I’ll give you the links once it’s loaded at the portals. Chynna’s story will be the last Secret Heart Ink book

Here Be Dragons will be a July release, one way or the other. Again, I’ll give you the links once it’s loaded at the portals.

What comes after that? I’ll tell you once the links are live! I have so many covers that I’ve already commissioned, but might do something entirely new.


Updating the Schedule

Each time I finish writing a book, then finish all the publishing tasks that are now my responsibility, I refine my understanding of how long everything takes. I know how long it takes me to write a book, but all the other stuff is still a bit squishy. Every time it firms up, something changes so the refinement needs another tweak.

What’s changed this summer is my ability to offer a pre-order at Apple much sooner than I was able to do before. Like a traditional publisher, I can set up an “asset-less” pre-order – that means the book can be listed for sale before the book file is completed and uploaded to the portal. This is extremely cool, and will make ordering much easier for you. The twist with an opportunity like this is that I can’t mess up: if one of my books is ever NOT available on the listed on sale date, then I lose this opportunity forever. I really don’t want that to happen.

So, I’ve calculated all my upcoming publication dates and added some squish for  variables (like subcontractors becoming busy) and then added another chunk of time just to make sure all is good. I”m hoping that this will work smoothly, that I’ll have a little less stress, and even that I’ll have some time in between to work on new projects for 2015 publication. My hope is to publish linked books much more closely together in 2015.

The wonderful thing about this strategy (which maybe makes up for pushing back the dates now) is that from this point on, when the cover is done, I’ll give you a firm publication date. 🙂 And yes, I’m hoping one day to get a pre-order capability at Amazon. That one’s tough, but I’m working on it.

Here’s where we stand:
Beguiled – on sale July 24, with a pre-order available now at iTunes and KOBO.

The Frost Maiden’s Kiss – on sale August 26, with a pre-order available now at KOBO and one processing at iTunes.

The Warrior’s Prize – on sale December 29. The pre-order will be available at KOBO and iTunes in the next week or so.

Firestorm Forever – on sale February 2015. I’ll pick a date when the cover is done, and it’ll be available for pre-order at KOBO and iTunes then.