Phew! You’ll all be glad to know that Celebration is very very close. (I’m certainly glad!) I have to go through the whole story one last time, probably add a bit here and there, then will get it to the formatter on Friday. I’ve asked her to do us all a big favor and turn it around quickly, so fingers crossed that there’s time in her schedule for that.
Right now, it’s looking like Celebration will be about 40,000 words in length. The other Plume novellas have been around 30,000 words, but there were lots of loose ends to tie up on this one. I’ve run out of Post-it notes on my desk, and no characters have whispered in my ear for a few days, so I think we’ve got it all covered.
I’ll let you know when it’s published. It’ll go to all the portals roughly at the same time, but will go live at ARe and Smashwords first (because they have no review process), then Amazon, KOBO and B&N. Apple will bring up the rear, as usual.
Thanks again for your patience and I hope you find the final installment of the Plume Series was worth the wait!
Next up will be the anthology of the last three Plume books, in both print and digital. Look for that in June, as I still need to have a cover designed.
Well, things are moving along here, but not quickly enough to make anyone happy. I’ve been working through the earlier 8 novellas in the Plume series to make sure I don’t miss anything with Celebration. Thanks to all of you for your patience – I certainly didn’t think this would take so long.
Part of it is wanting to make sure everything is tied up in the last installment, part of it is not wanting to say goodbye and part of it is that things have just been nutty around here.
I am getting close but will tell you when Celebration goes to the formatter. Then it will be just a day or so away.
What is it about committing to a deadline that makes everything go crazy? I’ve been living with Murphy’s Law this year, and can’t quite believe how bad it’s been. I’m done with deadlines and promises – maybe then, things will calm down around here.
So, yes, I’m late again and I’m sorry.
And no, I’m not going to make a promise about the publication date of Celebration. Let’s keep those gremlins away this time!
I’ll let you know when it’s published.
If you know any way to make Murphy’s Law stop, I’m listening!
Time for an update on Celebration!
The story is coming along really well – Rex IS behaving himself and his part is done. (Yes, I’m kind of amazed about that myself.)
One of the things I’ve been wanting to do is to have my book files professionally formatted. This will make them look better on your e-readers, and is also an opportunity to get lots of links into them. This means I need to read them all through one more time to check for minor corrections and tweaks. It’s a great moment to do that now – I can ensure that Celebration ties up all the loose ends and that there are no continuity errors in the series. I’m diving into that this week, before I do the final edit on Celebration.
Celebration will also be the first of my books to be professionally formatted right from the outset. I’m hoping that this will mean it is published more quickly at Apple than other titles – things seem to be really slowing down there. It will, though, take a bit of time depending on the formatter’s schedule. We’re trying to keep everything tightly organized! I’d like to try out the pre-order option now available on KOBO but that will depend upon how the time shakes out. That might have to wait until the next book.
At this point, it looks as if Celebration will be a March release, but not one on the 15th.
I’m hoping that by the end of April, there will be beautiful new editions of everything out in the world. You might get the new versions automatically from the portal where you bought your copy, or you might need to request them, but I’ll let you know when they’re available.
And finally, I’m adapting my plan for the future. For the next series, I’m going to write all of it before I begin publishing it. There will be a gap in releases while I write away, but then we’ll have definite release dates for every installment of the next series.
So, there you go! That’s all my news for now.
Two bits of good news for you today. Not only have I crawled back to the land of the living, but Joanna told me what was wrong with SWITCH. She’s brilliant, but her idea means rewriting or revising everything about her and Mike in the novella.
I’m hoping for publication this Thursday. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, I’ve uploaded everything directly to KOBO. It was so easy that I could even do it when I was sick.
Here’s hoping none of you have caught this virus.
I’ve been having a wonderfully productive month, so thought I’d give you all a little update.
I’m just about finished FOREVER BOUND – that’s #3 in the Wedding anthology – and am hoping to publish it this upcoming weekend. I’ll tell you when it’s been uploaded, as usual, and post the links when they go live.
There will be a Wedding anthology, but I’ll have to format the files (for print and digital) plus get a new cover done. With the holidays coming, that anthology might not be available until the new year.
And yes, then I’ll head back to the Plume for SWITCH. 🙂
I hope those of you in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving this weekend!
Here I promised you an update last week, and the time slipped away on me. Sorry about that – I’ve been getting organized. It is such a busy time of year and I clearly need to work on my time management.
Where are we at? Well, FLASHBACK has not only been approved for premium distribution from Smashwords, but it has shipped to many portals this week. It went to Apple on November 16, B&N on November 19, KOBO on November 22. So, depending upon the time delay at each portal, you should start seeing it on sale at those outlets by the end of this week.
Next up will be FOREVER BOUND. No one from the Plume gets to jump the queue this time! I’m working on it now, and it will be a December release. As usual, I’ll let you know when it’s written and is being formatted.
Once FOREVER BOUND is completed, I can get THE WEDDING anthology compiled and the print edition formatted.
The next release will be #8 in The Plume series, SWITCH. I’m going to say January for its release, even though a chunk of it is already written (and more envisioned) because this is a busy time of year. I still need to work with the artist on the cover, so will add a bit of time in case she’s booked up (or busy herself). Again, I’ll give you a shout when it’s being formatted and close to release.
Then we’ll see about Plume #9, which is the big finish and is called CELEBRATION.
One thing I have learned this year is that writing two different series at the same time is a bad idea for me. I won’t do that again!
That probably answered the questions most of you have posted, but I’ll go peek at comments now.
(No pun intended.)
I have been offline for a bit, but not by choice, thanks to issues with electricity. I’m now back online but still behind. Ugh! My writers’ retreat, where I thought I would get lots of writing done, was actually consumed by making plans to evade hurricane Sandy. I’m really sorry that FLASHBACK isn’t published yet. Trust me when I say that I am more disappointed than you. On the other hand, I’m not going to publish anything until it’s right.
In future, I think I will say “coming soon” instead of giving you a date. A date – even a date that is a goal – seems to invite disaster.
Where are we at? Well, Athena has been giving me grief, but I think I have her (finally) sorted out. Rex is being a dream date (for once). Joanna and Mike are sorting out their woes. FLASHBACK is in that marvelous place of everything finally coming together. Instead of giving you a new date, I’ll tell you when the book is done.
As for Ryan, he’s still sitting in the corner. I’m letting Jessica discipline him a bit before I get back to their story. Once again, the characters at the Plume have jumped the line to get ahead of FOREVER BOUND.
Many apologies to all of you who are impatient – but you know you wouldn’t be happy if the book wasn’t done right.
Just got this from the designer and I think it’s wonderful! I had to share. Have a peek:
Now, you don’t just want to see the cover – you want to read the story! So, here’s where I’m at this month: my plan is to finish both FOREVER BOUND and FLASHBACK and publish them both by the end of October. I’m finishing FOREVER BOUND first – Rex doesn’t get to jump line twice – but you can probably plan on seeing both in that last week of October. (I’ll be away at a writers’ retreat and probably won’t be able to get online for a week or so. On the upside, though, I’ll get lots of writing done.)
So, by the end of October, I’ll be finally caught up!
Now tell me – what do you think of the new cover?
I’m writing away, honest and true! And here’s what you can expect in the next couple of weeks.
ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID is just a tweak away. Fiona gave me some trouble, but we’re all sorted out now. (As soon as Kade got determined, everything was fine.) I expect to publish AAB – which is the second story in The Wedding trilogy – by Monday.
After that will be FOREVER BOUND, #3 in The Wedding trilogy. This one is perking along – lots of good BDSM fun for the happy couple – so it will be published soon. Two weeks, worst case. I’m aiming for it to be a week after AAB but Stuff Happens.
Then, it’s time for EXPOSURE, story #6 in The Plume series. My cover artist is on vacation, so we still need to do the cover. (And I think she’s worth waiting for! The Plume covers are awesome, IMO.) The story is pretty much ready to go, so (fingers crossed) you’ll have another Plume fix by the end of the month.
In September, there will be new anthologies, in simultaneous print and digital, for The Wedding and The Plume: Second Anthology.
Plume #7 will be an October release.
Now you know!