So I got Blood & Steam #1 out into the world last week, but I reaaaaaally took it down to the wire. Like, 1:00am on release day. Needless to say, I’m going back through to manuscript again to smooth things out so I can get updates up as soon as possible.
So this last weekend I took a good, hard look at my Production Schedule and decided to make some changes. The conclusion I came to was drafting new books in order of priority was probably my best bet, instead of staggering my drafting according to release method and date.
Once I get my deadline-driven stuff completed, I can then turn my attention to the traditional-bound stuff. Luckily I’ve got enough of these in the hopper while I’m waiting to hear from agents on THE MINSTREL’S DAUGHTER that I’ve got a little breathing room on that score. My ultimate goal is to get around six months ahead on my drafting, so I get about three months ahead on my professional edits.
With that in mind, here’s what my drafting schedule for the rest of the year is looking like thus far (aka The List):
The Mysterious Adventures of Becca Carlisle (Blood & Steam #2)–DUE 3Q2015
The Innovative Adventures of Lucia Carlisle (Blood & Steam #3)–DUE 4Q2015
Tess (Keepers of the Flame: Origins #4)–DUE 1Q2016
Sweet Home Oklahoma (Sweet Home #1)–DUE 2Q2016
Reliance (Defiance #1)–DUE 2Q2016
The Dragon’s Heart (Fantasy Novel)
Blood & Steam Bonus Story (Tentative)
By catching up and then getting ahead with so much lead time, I’ll be able to start drafting 2017’s projected roster in the latter half of 2016 and thus stretch my production schedule by several months. My first order of business is to write first a short synopsis about each story, then expand on the synopses by writing down everything I know (or think I know) about the story. Then it’s plot sketching, fleshing out the characters, and honing everything before I begin drafting.
With that in mind, let’s go to The Goals (3Q2015 Edition):
1. COMPLETE BLOOD & STEAM #2: In Production
I’m fleshing out the story and characters now. I plan to begin drafting this week. I need to get this into the hands of The Hammer for editing next month if at all possible.
2. DRAFT BLOOD & STEAM #3: Begin Pre-Production this month.
I want to have a full outline finalized by the end of the month, so I can begin drafting next month.
3. DRAFT ORIGINS #4: Begin Pre-Production in August.
This month I need to do a read-through of my notes and manuscript for Keepers 4 so I can pull out all the tidbits I need to write Tess’ Origin story. I’m planning an Escape From Las Vegas story, where the city goes from a tourist’s playground to a demon- and war-ravaged blast zone.
BONUS GOAL: Lose Some Dang Weight!
I’m looking at losing 10 lbs. a month–doable, healthy, and if I can get through one Zumba workout without having to take a break at some point, I’ll be happy. To meet this goal I’ll have to work out 3-4 times per week.
I figure if I can get through a convention without falling over in a Dead Man’s Sprawl and look halfway decent in costume, I’m doing good.
Your turn! What are you guys looking to accomplish this round?