It’s time for a bit of a craft update since it’s been about a month without a vampire post and you all are probably wondering if I’m even writing anymore XD (Don’t worry, I’m writing!)
First: my next London Kemaker short story has just wrapped up. I wrote 4k in a big marathon push today, got to add The End to the manuscript, and I’ll dive back into it on Friday for editing and formatting.
The book is titled The Dragon Heir’s Secret Wedding, it’s a direct sequel to The Dragon Heir’s Omega, and brings the characters/plot to a conclusion. But never fear! The Knight family will show up in Dragon Assassin’s Omega and probably future books in the same world, since they’re an influential clan.
You’ll probably see a download of the book early next week. I haven’t formatted in a little while so I need to remember how that works XD Lots of pushing buttons and trying to undo my mistakes.
Second and moving forward, I’ve been talking shop with other writer friends/mentors and it’s become clear to me that despite a year of focusing on books and stories that are supposed to earn money, I’ve not only published less, I’ve also enjoyed the work less, and my stress level has been much higher.
Writing for me has always been a fight between what I love and what is commercially salable. Pulp fiction–the kind of commercial novels you see at the top of the romance chart on amazon–are simply not the kind of story I like to write. In addition, commercial work tends to fall off a sales cliff after 30 days and, despite my attempts, I simply cannot publish a book every 30 days. Not even close.
I have several coworkers who can, and more power to them, but their business model is not mine and it’s time I stop trying to mimic a model that isn’t working for me.
Third: now that this latest Kemaker short is done, I’m going to shift focus into some really fun stuff that I left behind.
Act of Piracy 3: This Ship of War is at the top of my list. I have a cover and half an outline ready to go, which makes it the project closest to completion already.
The Dragon Assassin’s Omega is next. Again cover is already owned, I just need to figure out how I want to end the book so I can put the last half of my outline together. This book, while intended for a commercial audience, has already become something less commercial and more my style of paranormal action/adventure. I can’t wait to share it with you.
Ashes to Ashes is NOT going away, but it does need a little more of a plan, so I’m going to set it aside to brainstorm where I want the story to go. Initially I wanted this to be a chose-your-own-adventure story, but due to a lack of interest in voting, I’m going to convert it to a planned novel. It’ll still be a vicious, torture-porn, kink-fest, though, so stay tuned.
And perhaps the most anticipated: Sungrazer (Queenships 2). I’m going to start working on the sequel to Perihelion and you’ve heard it here first. I know now that this story is a group of 4 novels, their titles are Perihelion, Sungrazer, Insolation, and Final Orbit. I’m also looking to explore some shorter stories in the same universe!
Finally, one major change is going to happen here that I think all of you will enjoy. Rather than working on a main project and giving members occasional additional short stories, I’m going to start giving you my new words every week as they are written. Since I write about 4k+/week on my main project, that means about 2 chapters each week, published on Friday, for your enjoyment.
Still want ebooks? No worries! All members will still be receiving my freshly-formatted books for free in all formats as soon as they’re available.
I hope this re-direction to art that I LOVE is going to re-ignite my love for words. They’ve been feeling more like a chore recently and that’s tough to work through. I also hope this new change in posting schedule will engage all members more regularly! Special scenes and stories will still be posted for 5$ members in between my normal work.
I <3 you all!