I’ve been patching together my various writing updates on my other blog. I’m sorry for the spam.
It’s 2013 and I’ve been writing as my job for the past two years. I would have loved to say I’d published a book in that time, but I missed 2013 by a couple weeks. The Care and Feeding of Sex Demons will be available January 15, 2014.
I wrote three books in 2012 and I don’t think any of them were ready to be sold. I didn’t really hit my stride until the start of the year.
In January and February I rewrote the book I wrote for the nanowrimo. It’s a lot closer to being there, but not there yet.
March I wrote the first have of the sixth vampire book, rebooting the series. I was going to do Camp Nanowrimo in April so I was sketching out some character stuff when the opening to a book. The characters just struck a note with me. By the end of April I finished the first book and started the second. May I rewrote the first book after finishing the sequel, June I started book three. I rewrote a lot of what I had already written in July. The three books that I had finished I’d rewritten them all from the studs on up.
August I contacted my old editor and sold the Tempest trilogy on spec, so August and September I was busy writing the first two books.
October was a slow month. We went on vacation and I didn’t write at all for the first two weeks, but then I got back, deleted the second half of book three and rewrote it. What I thought was 50,000 words was actually 107,000 words, so book three is a bloated 157,000 words long. I thought it was weirdly long at 400 pages but never actually looked at the word count.
November was Nanowrimo. I wrote, rewrote, sold and finished the edits by December 16th.
December I’m not writing anything in particular, but the Fae King’s book 4 somehow got to be 50,000 words.
When I added it all up, it comes to just over three quarters of a million words. My ideal scenario was to take eighteen months off and have 4-5 books finished in the hopper so I would have plenty of time to let a book cool before editing it but always having that next book ready to go. It took two years, not a year and a half, but I’m so happy with the results. I’m not a writer who takes pleasure in having written. I love the process of writing. I love plotting by the “I’m bored, I’m going to throw in some X” method.