Day 30 plus 4: This is one of those good news/bad news deals. The bad news? I am stalled, temporarily, on finishing Portals: The Devil and the Falcon. Not because I’ve run out of steam, or plot, or anything like that. No - business interfered. In a very good way.
I started a boutique publishing venture, specializing in young adult, romance, SF, paranormal, fantasy and whatever strikes my fancy. I want to cater to emerging talent by giving new, strong voices a chance to be heard. I believe in the digital revolution so each title shall begin its life as an eBook, then graduate to print.
I’m feeling like that proverbial ‘Army of One’ in a way. Not only do I read-to-choose my projects, but I also edit, format, work with my graphic designers and book trailer production team to develop breakout book covers, and unique and entertaining book trailers. Without Sessha Batto and Maria K. I simply would be lost. They are creative forces to be reckoned with. So alone? Not at all.
I also see to distribution, press releases, getting the books in front of the ‘right reviewers’, arrange for book signings and placement in non-traditional venues – and on and on.
If that sounds like a lot of work, well … yeah, it is. So far I have a plan. That plan involves hiring professionals to give my company a leg up and get the books I believe in, and care about deeply, the best chance to be seen by the reading public.
I’ve placed Wizards by John Booth at the Frankfurt and London Book Fairs. Dragon Academy will go to the US Book Fair in NYC.
I am reissuing Dancing in the Dark: An Anthology of Erotica and Mounted Exercises – these ‘adult’ reads will get special attention to place them in the appropriate markets. I also plan to print Flashes Through Time as a limited run – this is a marvelous collection of flash fiction, short stories, poetry, essays and memoirs.
I’ve got a real slush pile – more wonderful YA, a SF/romance and an action-adventure-paranormal novel.
But, but, but … my 20-hour days are not leaving me time or energy to write. And that simply will not do. The firstborn and many of my dearest friends and supporters are sitting on me hard to slow down, prioritize, and leave a window each day to WRITE.
Very. Good. Advice.