Now, about ten years later, things have changed somewhat. I do still love telling stories. I have a better idea now of what happens in the publishing world, and how to boost books and form relationships with other authors and editors and publishers. But I do not go into things blindly anymore. Specifically, I am always thinking ahead (a year at least, and it's pushing 18 months now) about what books I want to write, when I want to release them, and how I'll connect them to each other.
Series matter. Readers like characters that reappear. I have learned this and write this way, now. Also, having a publisher in Samhain Publishing also means I have to consider the trajectory of books I want to write for them, and then fit into that publishing calendar the books I want to indie publish myself. Right now, I have 4 books planned for 2016, and another 5 (at least) for 2017. It's both exciting and daunting, but it does give me a better handle on where I want to go in this business.
So what's coming up? 2016 will see the publication of Spring Secrets (May) and the as-yet-unnamed Autumn book in the Pine Point series (October). I'll also be publishing Soldier of Love, in my Hometown Heroes series (March), and an as-yet-unnamed novella (August) in Carly Phillips' Dare to Love Kindle World (this will be a brand new experience for me; more on this in another post).
In 2017, I'm hoping to launch a brand new series -- no concrete info here yet, but my plan is to set this series in another small town, possible an island community, to revolve around a group of brothers and their love lives.
Looking ahead both excites me and grounds me. I hope you'll all stick around to see the final products!