Tuesday, March 8, 2011


So, I blasted through the end of Cheat today. I am a writing machine. It occurs to me that since November, I've put in over 80k in words. With a schedule of 1 of the IH novellas a month, that means 20k more words every month... at least...

Well, build a backlist and they will come.

I'll be editing today and tomorrow, and (aside from the very end, which I just finished) my beta readers have had good feedback about the story. I've heard it's easy to read and the dialogue is natural. So, I think those are both important (especially the first) for YA. I think the second will be super important for my adult readers.

I told my fiance today, that every time I finish a work, I want to take one day where he and I just watch a movie or do whatever and hang out. I spend a lot of time writing, and I know he misses me when I'm lost in my own little worlds ;) With Cheat finished, I'll have some breathing room. I haven't scheduled Liar to debut until April. I plan on spending two weeks writing, same as Cheat, with a week for editing/whatever. That will leave me two weeks before it's due, so I can start #3 and get more ahead... or just laze ;P

I think novella-length YA is a good fit for me. At $.99 I don't think people can complain (about length). The story is still exciting, and interesting. (I think, which is saying something, considering how I rage against my own work.) Plus, if I stay on schedule, people will have something to look forward to each month, and come back for more! I think building regularity in a series is important. They don't have to wait too long for the next installment, and it's not going to break the bank when it does come around.

Considering I plan on making it a long series (perhaps what I become known for?) building a rabid fan base is essential...

Just remember, if I -do- end up big, you guys were here first, while I took my beginning steps. YOU commented on the first covers and got the first sneak peeks. My 10 followers... in a fun (and totally appropriate) echo of Mr. Nicholas...



  1. Congrats on finishing the first in the series! I really think that what you're doing is a genius idea!

    Also, I LOVE the new blog header! You're going places girl!

    Angeline Kace

  2. Thanks Angeline :) I'm hoping this helps propel my career to the next level. It means I'll be doing a lot of writing and editing in a short period of time, but it will help me both to grow as a writer, and to not over-analyze and trick myself into believing I can't write. :P I work better with goals.

    Maybe some people will hop over and pick up "Shackled" at the same time... I'm at 6/1000 for my year goal :) Only 994 more to go...

    Jeroen made the header, it's just like the one that will be on the IH site, which we are currently constructinating ;)

  3. HAHAHA...thank you for the reference, I appreciated it. ;-)

    Great to hear you're doing so well with writing! I must admit that I've been slacking off a little bit, which means I need to slap myself and get back to work.

    Goals are great, and I've been trying to get tangible ones for my own use. It's hard to make tangible goals when so much as a writer are outside of your control.

    But absolutely, writing is the best thing you can do. Way to go on building that backlist!


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