I can’t spend all my time editing, but I have enough books in “line” that I should. It just gets tedious. After seeing enough stupid mistakes, I want to pull my hair out, and need to feel the creative urge again.
Now, considering that I typically work on at least three books at once, that’s saying something. Yes, my friends say I’m a freak of nature, that my mind works in crazy ways, and other almost flattering things. Love you guys, no really.
But trying to plan a release schedule like this is a bit of insanity! There are a few things I have to take into consideration. 1. How soon can my editor get the book in shape for the public to see it. 2. How long will it take for my cover guy to make something that accurately represents the novel. 3. Do I have a series already in progress? If so, that bumps it much higher up the list. 4. Should I release books that are similar, or different from, the ones I already have out?
It’s the last one that I can never decide on. On one hand, my romances seem to be very popular (love my readers!). On the other hand, I really like writing science fantasy, too. When I break that down into science fiction and fantasy, it kinda means I have more “make believe” books than I do “make love” books.
So, should I release something like When We Were Kings? Should I go to the opposite end of the spectrum and bump the cyberpunk series higher in the list? What about the ones that aren’t so easy to fit into a simple genre, like the almost fantasy, post global warming, genetic engineering based sci-fi? How about that series where I re-write Romeo and Juliet, but in space with different reasons to be pulled apart? GAH!
So many pretty books. So much future waiting for them. Some are first person, some are third. Some are from the POV of one character, some are many. Some have women as the main character, some men. About the only consistency is that I simply can not write horror or thrillers. Maybe I should divide all of these up into different pseudonyms, but I don’t want to try and keep track of those! That means at least 4 different personas, all requiring marketing, publications, and more.
So, my dear fans, I’m always interested to hear what you want to read. Like shape shifters? Love androids? Have a fondness for contemporary romance? Dying to see a good unicorn story? Let me know!