I’ve had readers ask when my young adult series will be released. To answer I must borrow that timeworn word used to label circumstances in life that are unforeseen and are in no way predictable.
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”— George Bernard Shaw
“I have accepted fear as part of life—specifically the fear of change…I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back…” —Erica Jong
A family tragedy last spring changed everything. The sadness. The grief has been consuming. Mind alternating.
I started to put things into perspective. Death makes you do that. You start to ask what is important in life. And without pause, the answer resonates.
“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching—they are your family. ”—Jim Butcher
When you want to write more than you want to breathe, you can become absorbed in promotional tasks and lose sight of what is important.
I self-publish because I want to control what I write and when I write. But as a writer you also want readers. And to have readers, they must be aware your books are out there. So when all the writing gurus scream get a webpage, do a blog, and build a social media platform to promote your book, you become involved in these tasks almost to a point of neglecting the writing—your true love.
After my grandson’s death, it was hard to return to what I loved. Healing time was needed.
My first real day back at the keyboard, I was bombarded with, what do I do first? Blog. Social Media. Promote. Write. It was overwhelming. “Besides family, what is most important to you?” the (Fox) voice in my head whispered.
And there I had my answer.
With my decision to write first and let all other things fit where time permits, I began to re-evaluate my plan to promote my books. I originally thought I’d finish Book 1, publish, and promote. But promoting is a full time job. I’ve decided to write, write, write all of my young adult series The Other Kind and once done, publish and promote.
Book 1 and 2 are complete and waiting to be published. Book 3 is 85% written. When will I finish writing Book 3? My plan is this spring. Then there will be editing, Beta reads, editing, more Beta reads, and finally formatting before it is complete. Once all three books are finished, I will publish one at a time with a month between the publication times. You won’t have to wait for the next book in the series to be finished.
So to heed Shaw’s advice, I will change my mind, and like Jong, I will go forward, despite the pounding in my heart telling me to turn back.
I will not abandon my blog or my social media, but you may see me less often for a few months. Please, forgive me. And if you wonder what’s happening with this weirdo writer, think of me busily at the keyboard living in worlds only my imagination can create. It’s a fun place to be.
My adult novel, Cleanerman, is progressing as well and will follow once The Other Kind is released.
How about you? How are you? Have you experienced changes you might share?
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(BTW the animals pictures are my children’s animal totems. My daughter is Turtle. My son is Otter. My granddaughter is the Great Blue Heron. And Fox is my little grandson we lost in April but whose presence I feel every day.)