Hi beautiful people!
So, if you follow me in any way, shape, or form, you knowwwww I’m dealing with this bullshit post-concussion syndrome. I had a huge setback in January 2017 that I’m working through, and have found it a little tough to tackle huge projects lately AND do my freelance projects without melting into a puddle like a certain wicked witch.
SO. I’ve put a lot of thought into the best way to proceed, and my options were either to scale back or stop publishing entirely. And basically option #2 just isn’t something I’m going to entertain.
I realized, as I worked on edits for Court of the Phantom Queen, that I was having a tough time getting through things and sticking to deadlines because post-concussion syndrome is a raaaaaging, unpredictable beast. Each day is hit or miss, so it’s difficult for me to plan my writing and editing schedules accordingly. What I do know, however, is that there’s no way I can tackle an 80K manuscript anytime soon–it’ll be like what happened with The King, but worse.
In order to keep publishing, I’ve had to shift things around a little. After Court of the Phantom Queen, I’m working on a short story I’d like to pitch to pub houses (or it’ll be a cute Christmas Erotic Short Short), then I’m working on an erotic romance trilogy called All In. I realized the best way to do all this is to focus on shorter works: short stories and novellas.
Unfortunately, it means I’ll have to do the thing I loathe: break up one long story into shorter installments. It’s my latest pet peeve: a 60K book broken up into 6 10K pieces that are $2.99 each, or something equally ridiculous, and everything is a cliffhanger and nothing really happens or gets resolved.
However, it seems to be my best plan of attack if I want to keep writing and publishing. Working on shorter pieces and getting them out faster without totally screwing with my brain seems to be my best option.
I aim to have the All In trilogy completed and released by the fall. It’ll probably be around 65K total, broken into three smaller books, though with a beginning, middle, and end for each. Maaaaybe a whiff of cliffhanger, but nothing horrendous.
All In is an erotic romance revolving around college grad Skye Summers and her sugar daddy (feel free to cringe at the word–Skye does too), internet security billionaire Cole. Enter his bff Finn, the heir to a chocolate empire, and things get a little sexy.
After that, I have plans to write Apollo’s Priestess, a paranormal romance novella and second in Lovers and Liars: Immortal Wars, though I might do an incubus paranormal romance trilogy fist. Depends where the muse and the brain capacity is.
What does that mean for The Queen?
Unfortunately, I realized as I was working on The Queen over the last few months that I just don’t have the health right now to tackle such an enormous project all at once. It would take way too long to write, then edit, then proof, then everything. I wanted to publish it in October, but if I kept up at my current pace, I’m worried it might not even be out this year at all, and it would be the only personal project I could focus on.
It super duper kills me, but I’m pushing The Queen to a 2018 pub release. As an apology, I’m thinking of doing a cute epilogue follow-up called The Crown, because I haaate having such a huge gap between books 1 and 2.
TL;DR: My health is keeping me from tackling full-length novels, of which I have maaaany in my arsenal I’d like to write. To accommodate and not drop off the face of publishing for good, I’m working on smaller stories and novellas in the meantime until I’m recovered.