First, thanks to everyone who gave me encouragement over the weekend – I was able to make a big jump forward on the novel-in-progress, and I and the kitties feel much, much better. I’ll have to try that again someday.
Well, last night I thought, “Tomorrow’s Tuesday – what shall I blog about?” And no ideas came to me, so I just went to sleep, figuring something would occur to me this morning.
But then I decided, it’s been a while since I just gave a thorough update on all the stuff that I’ve been doing lately, to further my nascent writing career. While many of you know some of this, or most of this, not everyone is up-to-date on everything, I’m sure. And I’m also curious how all of you are doing, as we get closer to conference time.
So here’s the scoop.
At the moment (and this is not set in stone – more like inscribed on a stick of rapidly melting butter), my trilogy is set to release in May/June/July 2009. The dates have changed a couple of times already, so don’t anyone go making vacation plans around them.
The first book, Goddess of the Hunt (GOTH), has been through the revisions process – line and copy edits are still to come.
I turned in the second manuscript, Surrender of a Siren (SOAS), at the end of February. It’s been accepted, and I’ve been chatting with my editor about it. I’m expecting a revision letter sometime soon, and then I’ll have a few weeks to work on her changes.
I’m feverishly working away on book three, tentatively titled A Lady of Persuasion (ALOP). So far, I’ve got it about half-drafted…but half of that half needs a lot of revision. It’s due August 1st (yes, in the middle of conference…not sure how that’s going to go!).
While all this is going on, I’m working with my web designer on my new site. I’m really excited about how it’s shaping up and can’t wait for you all to see it. I also have to write some content for here one of these days… The goal is to launch it before Nationals.
I’ve acquired two suitable outfits for Nationals. I still need 3-4 more. Of finishing book three, revising book two, launching my website, and shopping for Nationals – shopping is the task I feel least equipped to handle and most certain I will frantically complete last-second.
Nationals is shaping up to be so much fun! I’ve gotten my preliminary info about the Ballantine party, made arrangements to meet with my editor and agent…this is going to be my year to have fun, network, cheer for my Golden Heart finalist friends, and gird myself for the craziness that will be 2009. And San Fran used to be my hometown, so I’m very excited to be there.
And – ack – my chapter is having a fundraiser next month, and I’ve donated my first author critique prize. That’s sort of cool. I’m glad it’s a raffle-ticket thing and not an auction, so it won’t be completely embarrassing how few people bid on my critique. *g*
So…what’s going on with all of you? Are you coming to Nationals? What’s the status on manuscripts, agent searches, contests, critiques, etc.? I know I know those things, from a lot of you, but here’s your chance to share with a wider crowd if you’ve got big news or ideas rattling to get out!
If you have any questions about my books or how the process is unfolding, ask away!