Publishing Plans for 2014

Here’s the post that everyone reading one of my series looks for at the first of January: what am I planning to write and publish this year?

First, let’s talk about changes. Two big changes and a little one have occurred recently, all of which will influence my writing for the year ahead. First, more than a year ago, I took on a new creative challenge. I hoped it would be a great learning experience, and also help to refill my creative well (which was running a bit low). I also expected it to be of short duration. It went well and so it continued, which was both good and bad. It did teach me a lot, and fed my muse, but also consumed a lot more time than I’d anticipated. On the other hand, if I hadn’t done it, I might not have written very much more in that time than I did otherwise. The project was scheduled to come to a close in October but stretched itself into December. The good news is that the project is done, I won’t be doing any more of it, so I can put that creative energy into my own books.

The second change that just occurred is that we had to say goodbye to the Queen Bee, our standard poodle and companion for over thirteen years. She was sleeping more and eating less, but took a hard turn for the worse just before Christmas. We couldn’t let her suffer at all, so we made the hard choice to give her peace. It was only after she was gone that I realized how badly I’ve been sleeping—always listening for her!—and how stressful it’s been to watch her slip away. We miss her terribly, of course. There will be another poodle girl in our house, but not right away. We need some time.

The third change was smaller at this point, but would have influenced my schedule heavily in the year ahead. I decided to leave the Love Historicals group, which I just joined at the end of November. I had thought it would be fun and instructive to join with other authors to do joint promotion, but it turned out that we had very different ideas of how to promote ourselves. So, I’ll just carry on doing my own thing, which seems to be working out well enough.

All of these changes leave me with the sense that I’m crossing a threshold with the first of the year and also give me a sense of new possibilities. In 2013, I published the Dragon Legion novellas—three individually in digital format, then the collection in both print and digital—as well as Annelise’s story, The Highlander’s Curse. That’s one book for each of my author brands. Not nearly enough, but that other creative project took a lot of energy. For 2014, I’m planning to kick it up a notch, and publish at least two titles under each name.

Here’s the schedule as it looks right now:
First up will be Tupperman’s book, Abyss by Claire Delacroix. That title has been stalled because I couldn’t figure out the answer to the last of my editor’s very good questions. This past week, I figured it out and have been implementing that revision. You can expect to see Abyss this month: I’ll give you a more firm date once it goes to the formatter.

Next will be Thorolf’s book, Serpent’s Kiss by Deborah Cooke, which is Dragonfire #10. At this point, I’m hoping for an April publication date. I’ve added the excerpt from this one to the site now. I’ve also been talking to the cover designer and am very excited about her ideas. I’m hoping to have a cover to show you later this month.

My third release of the year will be Malcolm’s book, The Frost Maiden’s Kiss by Claire Delacroix, which is the third book in the True Love Brides series. I’m hoping for a June publication date on that one. I’ve also added that excerpt to the site. I’m also in the midst  of having Malcolm’s cover designed.

After this, things get a bit squishy. There will be another Dragonfire book this year and another True Love Brides book – the issue is what order they’ll be in.

I had been thinking that the fourth release would be Sloane’s book, Dragonfire #11, although I’m keeping the title a secret for the short term (although I know what it is). Sloane’s book will complete the current Dragonfire cycle.

Under the original plan, the fifth title released this year would have been Elizabeth’s book, again with a secret title, which is the True Love Brides #4 and the completion of that series.

The issue is that as I work on Malcolm’s book, it appears that Elizabeth’s story will occur almost simultaneously in the realm of the story. So, I’m thinking that the last two True Love Brides books should be released back to back, instead of six months apart. If I transpose the publication schedule, that puts Elizabeth’s book in August and Sloane’s book in November. We’ll talk about this more in May or so, when I have a more clear idea of how things are going to shake out.

Finally, there are several interesting projects in development on my desk, two of which I’d like to see launched before the end of 2014. The first is a new contemporary romance series, and the second, a new medieval romance series. Neither of these are linked to any existing works, but are fresh new worlds and characters. I’ve been working on the story bibles when I can and doing the research—I’m already in love with both series!

There are more ideas (of course) but I’ll have a better idea of what’s going to be possible in late 2014 and 2015 by the fall. Look for another update then.

For now, I need to get writing!