AUTHOR’S LOG: Ch-ch-ch Changes (#ROW80)

Word Penguins So you’ve probably noticed (or perhaps not–either way) I’ve been off my blogging schedule of late. I apologize for this, but rest assured I’ve been deep, DEEP into revisions for Waking Muse #1. Now, however, it’s as clean as I can make it without going all cross-eyed and drooly (at least, no more so than usual). Here’s what I’ve been up to:

1. All drafting, development, and other revisions has been at standstill while I finish production on THE LADY TENNANT, which is FINALLY going to be released on June 27. (This Friday! Eep!!) I’m going to start out on Amazon with KDP select for the first 90 days, then move to other platforms.

2. Production Schedule Changes: With the drafting of Waking Muse #2 it occured to me that it wouldn’t be fair to readers to make them wait another 6 months to 1 year for the third book, so I’ve slated it for Winter 2014 instead. This way I can also make a valient attempt to release a box set for all three book at some point. I’m now shifting my production queue accordingly, to close out a new series each year.

3. Production Lines: I’ve decided to create official “lines” for my books–one for Speculative Fiction and one for Romance. I’ve been working on pull this all together art, including special art for each one. The tentative plan at this point is to start a mailing list for each line, so I can get free books and ARCs to my readers, as well as news and updates.

4. Website Updates: New production lines also means updates to my website for navigational ease, so I’ve been tinkering around with some new pages, and getting rid of the ones that aren’t pulling in any traffic and might be considered superfluous.

5. New Blog For Writers: I’ve in the process of launching The Story Hacker (Hacks For Today’s Authorpeneurs), wherein I study books, movies, TV, games and discuss what I’ve learned from a crafting standpoint. I’ll also include a page of resources for writers, instead of on this, my now official authorly home base. I’ll still be blogging my own updates here, but I’ve now reached a point where I need a separate place for craft and business-type stuff.

Also, I have book-y type news which I cannot, quite yet, share. And it’s killing me not to be able to climb atop the Internets and hollar into a bull horn. But I will soon–promise!

So what have you guys been up to? Have you been as busy as I have, or are you taking it easy this summer?



6 thoughts on “AUTHOR’S LOG: Ch-ch-ch Changes (#ROW80)

  1. nancyrae4 says:

    As always, I’m amazed by your dedication and superior planning skills! This summer I’m pulling myself to the end of my first draft by my fingernails. Literally. Almost done. Other than that, enjoying summer in Colorado. It’s hard to stay indoors, staring at the screen!

    1. catemorgan says:

      Summer in Colorado must be GORGEOUS, Nancy! In Florida the humidity loses its dubious charms this time of year, so staying inside with A/C when one sports an Irish complexion is key. 😉

      I tend to overplan my time and energy, so I’ve tried to rearrange things much more judiciously this time, and I think I’ve managed to hack it, but only time will tell!

  2. shanjeniah says:

    Squee! How wonderfully, amazingly lovely to have SO VERY MUCH going on!

    I’m not ready for production, yet (untangling a jumbled mass of WIPs into an interwoven fantasy/fan fiction double series, while indulging new ideas that aren’t as evolved, but also aren’t as jumbly, because I actually have some idea what I’m doing…).

    I have been remarkably busy. I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words this month – I feel like I’m in the Iron Woman, Writer Version!

    Can’t wait for more details about all these fantastic changes and accomplishments. The writer hacks have definitely piqued my interest!

    1. catemorgan says:

      It sounds like you could use a few hacks, Shan! And you definitely hit my “impressed” button with having writing HUNDREDS of thousands of words–I’m generally happy with TENS. Well done, you! 😀

      1. shanjeniah says:

        I talk lots, I write lots…

        I also read lots, and listen lots…

        It could be said I’m a bit excessive, but I’m having fun! ANd hacks that fit my style are always welcome! =)

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