- The book under development.
- The book being written.
- The book being edited
- The book being marketed.
The problem for writers is that we tend to only schedule book #2--the book being written.
I wailed and carried on but managed to submit one Heartsong and one novella on February 1st and my first book for Moody, Lone Star Trail, on March 18th. I took a deep breath, took a week off from serious writing, and dived back into A Ranger's Trail (second book for Moody). Of course, one of the consequences of submitting a manuscript is that you get it back . . . for edits, sometimes more than once. For marketing. For cover art and copy. For galley proofs.So in addition to starting A Ranger's Trail, since the first of April (hey, maybe this is my April fools' joke) I've had the following added to my to-do list.
- Develop marketing material for Texas Trails for Moody (done, except for the stuff that has to be mailed)
- Write additional material for Lone Star Trail at editor's request (done)
- Answer questions from a different editor on Lone Star Trails (done)
- Look at the changes made to Lone Star Trails and think about how I need to shape A Ranger's Trail (ongoing)
- Proof the galley for Plainsong (in process)
- Approve the cover art for Plainsong (done)
- Complete a cover art sheet for a book still not officially contracted (in process)
- Write two blog posts for the Heartsong authors blog to coincide with the release of Love's Raid next month (in process)
- Complete a proposal requested by an editor (in process)
- Write 7 devotions already contracted.
- Expecting edits for this year's Christmas novella, First Christmas in Christmas at Barncastle Inn. (expected)
- NEWS. Go over contracts for two more--count them, yes, two--books. I'll announce more later when the contracts are finalized. (in process)
Is it any wonder I've fallen a little behind on my writing goals?
Would I have it any other way?
Nah. Of course not.