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2018: Never Give Up, Never Surrender

With the spectacular dumpster fire I was left with at the end of 2017, my usual goals were a lot more difficult this year. So much is unpredictable, so much is wavering. The master plan I had even one month ago is completely gutted, so I had to find an entirely new plan, and new goals to go along with.

However, I’m not one to back down.

2018, I can promise three releases minimum, though my hope is to get more on that roster:

Of Tinkers and Technomancers (After Glows Publishing)

A Reflection of Ice (Opal Moon Press)

and The Airship Also Rises (Final Take to the Skies book!)

My goal is to get at least three more contracts too, and once my rights are released mid-May, to find new homes for my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles and my Tribal Spirits series.

As for the writing plan, once Airship is finished, I hope to continue a series, whether that be one of the books I’m pitching to agents and publishers, my Tribal Spirits series, or another Cupid’s Cafe book. I also want to dive into my new pet project, a YA urban fantasy that started percolating this year. On the editing front, I’m going to get Airship ready for release, and I’m also going to finish editing my YA Fantasy from 2017.

Submission-wise, I’m launching a full-scale attack with Outlier Heir and Chasing Fate come January. Wish me luck.

I have realistic goals for next year, but as always, I’m shooting for the stars. Stick with me, and I can promise new reads and one hell of an interesting ride. I hope for my dreams every year, but year end is where I refill my well of optimism for the new year. I’m going to fight with everything I have to make 2018 my year.

 

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2017 Accomplishments

So, anyone who has talked to me realized that this was a rocky year. On a professional note, I’ve never charged harder. However, the problem is, when you aim big and get close, the fall hurts that much more. I always have my big career-moving goals, but I set a couple realistic ones this year too. My goal was to have 3 books come out, and to get 3 new contracts.

What did I achieve in 2017?

Well, I had four new books come out:

Rising for Autumn (February 2017)

Waking for Winter (July 2017)

Forged Alliances (September 2017)

Captured Memories (October 2017)

I finished my first series, with all four books of the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles out!

I also got 5 contracts this year:

Waking for Winter, Forged Alliances, Captured Memories, A Reflection of Ice, and Of Tinkers and Technomancers

 

Now, unfortunately with Loose Id closing in 2018, I have to find new homes for my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, and my plans for the Tribal Spirits series have been put on hold, but I’ll push forward with them next year.

 

On the writing front, I wrote A LOT this year.

Outlier Heir (80,000 words)

Forged Alliances (60,000 words)

Forged Decisions (60,000 words)

Of Tinkers and Technomancers (33,000 words)

Captured Memories (43,000 words)

My currently untitled YA Fantasy (80,000 words)

and I’m almost 60k into the final Airship book

That’s 416,000 words in total this year. Yay!

 

As for editing, on top of the comprehensive edits I did on all of the above projects, I also re-edited and found a home for A Reflection of Ice, a story I originally wrote in 2015, and I re-edited Chasing Fate this past month.

So, even though I faced a lot of setbacks this year, I wrote a hell of a lot and I fought a hell of a lot. I might not have made the drastic strides I wanted to, but I think I came closer than ever before, and I haven’t given up yet. 2017 did its best to crush my spirit into the ground, but I’ve got an amazing support system, from my friends and family who always listen when I get beaten down, to a group of author friends who helps build each other up as we all try to rise.

After the beating I got in 2017, I’m ready to face 2018 with new armor and new drive, having learned a lot from the past year about what’s holding me back. Let’s make this new year a great one.

 

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Plans for the end of 2017 and beyond!

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While I do weekly updates of what I’m currently working on and what my future plans are, I usually have things a lot further mapped out than I detail in there! I figured I’d share a little bit about what to expect for the rest of the year as well as next! Surprisingly, I already have quite a bit lined up for next year, and all of it is exciting.

So, first off on the agenda are the definites:

Of Tinkers and Technomancers, my steampunk novella, is contracted with After Glows Publishing, and is set to release late 2017/early 2018. It’s got my trademark snark but with more historical language than I normally play with–I really clung to the Victorian era on this one.

A Reflection of Ice, my young adult fairytale, is contracted with Opal Moon Press, and is set to release early 2018. It’s incredibly creepy and whimsical, and I hope everyone enjoys it, because I loved writing this story.

Next are my projects I’ll be finishing this year:

Forged Decisions, book two in the Tribal Spirits series, is finished in the writing stages, and now I’m going through the large edits on it. I’ll be attempting to finish those edits and submit the book by the end of November, so hopefully you’ll be seeing it hit the e-shelves at some time in early 2018!

The Airship Also Rises, the final book in my Take to the Skies series, is just beginning, and I’m going to try to put a major dent into it during NaNoWriMo in November. The plan is to finish it by December/January, and for symmetry’s sake, I’ll probably try to release it on August 17th, the same date the other two released. With that book, the Take to the Skies series will be complete, and I’m so excited about having another completed series under my belt.

As for my writing schedule next year?

A lot is nebulous and I purposefully leave it that way. However, I will be working on another of the Tribal Spirits books, Forged Contracts, guaranteed. That series will continue to expand! Depending on if I have the time or not, I’ve debated on doing a follow up to Of Tinkers and Technomancers, as well as another Cupid’s Cafe book. I’ve got concepts for both, and they’re short novellas that would be excellent ways to flex my writing skills.

The reason I leave things so nebulous is because of my ‘dream’ projects, the young adult manuscripts I write that I try to submit the traditional route. I wrote one earlier this year, Outlier Heir, which is a YA LGBT Arthurian space opera, and I’m currently writing a YA LGBT heist fantasy. I find that working on these projects really pushes creative boundaries for me, and while I may not always find a home for them, they’re my big attempts, ones that I hope will eventually find their way out to the public.

I also have a lot of these full manuscripts I’ve written that could use a polish or rewrite and years have passed, enough that it’s time to redo them and try again. I’m a big fan of nothing is wasted, and beyond learning from the experience of writing, I think manuscripts can be reshaped, can transform into something better. Even A Reflection of Ice is a far different novella from what I’d written two years ago and needed rigorous rewriting to bring it up to date.

Obviously, many of these plans for next year can change, but the ones contracted are guaranteed, so I hope you stick with me for the adventure!