Author’s Log: Pedal To The Medal (& #ROW80)


I hope everyone in the States had a safe and happy Thanksgiving. The Tech Monkey cooked enough for an army of ravenous Ewoks. I’m not a tremendous fan of turkey, so by the time the corpse is fully depleted we will be in soup territory, and I will, no doubt, be throughly tired of it before then. In the meantime, the Tech Monkey is marching around the house with a turkey leg in one hand like an overly-enthusiastic Viking.

So there’s that.

I got behind drafting FALLEN ANGEL and, due to a variety of issues, it’s an awful mess. So I have been–and will remain in–the Revision Trenches until this bad boy resembles something vaguely book-like. I’m looking at (if I can manage it without too many shenanigans) releasing a Waking Muse compendium for Valentine’s Day.

Final Line Edits are in on BRIGHID’S FLAME (Keepers #3), so as soon as Pre-Orders become available at various online stores (usually about three months prior to publication), I’ll start getting review copies out. This also means I draft Keepers: Origins 3 sooner rather than later.

Keepers #4 is still with BETA readers. Once the consensus is in, I’ll incorprate notes, do a final cleanup, and shuffle it off to Editor Awesome.

This is the time of year when I begin to look at Production for the next year. It’s gonna be a biggie, I think. I’m looking at starting a new, three-book novella series for Samhain Publishing, so I can rotate between that and Keepers, for two novellas per year on the traditional front.

I’ve also got the Steampunk series I’ve been talking about–and trying to shovel towards–for years. 2015 will also be the year of wrapping up my library of three novels for agent submission, which I’m really looking forward to.

But first, I have to clean up 2014’s docket, so…on to the goals!


1. Finish Production on FALLEN ANGEL. After this revision pass, I’ll take a break to work on cover art and jacket copy. Then I’ll export the manuscript to Word so I can capture all the things I missed in Scrivener, make the final changes, and then polish it up. I’ve still gotta a mess of rewrites to contend with, though.

2. Finish Drafting SEARCHER. I’ve got ACT III (about 30K words) to lay down, in which ALL WILL BE REVEALED. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-haaaaa….

3. Finish Revising THE MINSTREL’S DAUGHTER. Again, I’ve got ACT III (30K words) to hack through. All things considered, this book is a lot more faced-paced than I remember, which is good. I initially thought I was going to have to carve out a lot of useless Stuff, but structure/storytelling wise it’s pretty clean.

January 2015 is going to definitely another cleanup/prep month for me. But I would like to cleanup as much as possible in December so January is at least almost all prep. In a perfect world, I’d get ALL my 2015 outlining done in January so I can hit the ground running in February and have an even more productive year. This will also eat out a chunk of my normal Production Schedule in pro-activity, which means MORE drafting, which, of course leads to MORE books for my readers. YAY!

The end of the year is coming up fast, so time to hit the gas and get the job done.

How about you guys? What do you want to accomplish by the end of the year?


2 thoughts on “Author’s Log: Pedal To The Medal (& #ROW80)

  1. Fallon says:

    Good luck with getting everything done. December will be an editing month for me. I’m hoping to finish edits on one MS and should be getting another back from my CP soon, so will be starting edits on that. I think 2015 will be more about finishing projects rather than starting new ones.

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