Happy Spring, productive people!
This is my second writing update of 2021. These list-y posts help me stay accountable to my goals, and for those who are curious, they’re a peek at what I’m working on and what’s coming next.
What I’m Writing
The Case of the Red Phantom (Ellie Tappet #5) - My new Ellie Tappet mystery is out today! ☺️ I’ll have a blog post up shortly with all the details.
The Case of the Fond Farewell (Ellie Tappet #6) - I’m halfway through the first draft and zooming along.
I’ve also started working on Hostile Takeover, book three in my Emerald City Spies trilogy.
Cover Design During my last update I shared some rough drafts of new covers for the Ellie Tappet series. As much as I liked those covers, I decided not to use them. Instead, I created simpler versions of the existing covers that look better in thumbnail view.
Why? Well, I’ve been learning about marketing, and I need my cozy mysteries to look like cozy mysteries. But did I pout a little about shelving my new designs? Yes!
Businessy Stuff - I’ve been streamlining my non-writing days by setting aside two “admin days” per month to handle things like planning out book promotions and writing newsletters. I hired a proofreader, which is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
P upgraded our book build system. We can now build updated ebooks and paperback interiors for an entire series of books in less than five minutes. This is super-handy when you need to do something like update back-matter across a whole series. 😄
I’m learning that having a backlist of books is like having a large garden. Over time, files need to be maintained, links need to be updated, blurbs and keywords need to be tweaked, and late-discovered typos need to be fixed. This is the publishing side of self-publishing.
Huzzah for small business wins.
What I’m Learning
I’ve enjoyed reading The Heroine’s Journey by Gail Carriger and 5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing .
I’ve got a laundry list of things to improve in my writing, and I’m working it.
Dreaming about the Future
When I need a break from my current projects, I work on outlines, research, and cover art for two upcoming series, which I’m calling Project Mars and Project Butterfly.
Summer is Coming
That’s all for this quarter’s update! Behind it all, behind all my writing and planning, I’m pee-my-pants excited about the shimmering image of a summer where we can reconnect with one another, and the world at large.
I’ve missed my mother, my sibs, my friends, and my father-in-law, so much. I yearn to hoist my backpack, lace up my boots, and hop the Link down to the airport for a fresh adventure. I can’t wait to toss on a jacket and carry my laptop to write at a coffee shop, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of my city. Bring on the hustle! Bring on the bustle.
I’m ready. 😎