Monday, December 30, 2013

Look back and thinking ahead...

Well, I'm reflecting on 2013. It seems hard to believe that it's over, because I still catch myself writing 2012 sometimes. In February, I'll be celebrating two years of publishing. Um, WUT. Yeah, I know. SO MUCH has happened in those two years that if you would have told me about it back then, I would have laughed in your face.

Yeah, something like that.

I published SIX books (not counting the re-release of My Favorite Mistake) this year. As of February next year, I will have TWELVE books out. That is 50 shades of cray (those of you who watch Awkward will understand).

I learned a few things this year…
1. Calm the f*ck down. Seriously, I need to chillax. I put SO MUCH pressure on myself to write more, market more, be a crazy non-sleeping writing robot. I need to give myself breaks when I need them because I am NOT a robot. Contrary to some rumors. I also need to ask for help when I need it and feel safe trusting other people with some of the tasks that I don't need to waste my time on when I could be writing. I also started talking better care of my body, and that's definitely something I want to continue in the next year.
2. Jealousy is natural, but don't let it consume your life. Hard to believe, but I sometimes get jealous of other people. Authors, mostly. I have to stop comparing myself to others, and start working on being a better ME.
3. A day that isn't spent writing isn't a day wasted. I need to have interests outside of writing, and one of those should be reading. I think of reading like taking water and filling up a well. The more water, the better. I read the fewest number of books in 2013 than I have in YEARS, and that's not a good thing. I need to take time to read and fill up my mental well.
4. No matter what you do, you can't predict or "plan" a bestseller. They just happen. Even if you do the EXACT same things you did with another release, some books catch on and some don't. Not everything you write will do well, even after you have a few bestsellers under your belt. There are no guarantees.
5. Take risks and trust your gut. If there is a story that absolutely consumes you and makes you feel like you're in love, you need to write it, even if it screws with your publishing schedule. I've had two books that felt like that and they are both my best sellers.

So what am I looking forward to in 2014?

Reading more. Very simple.

I want to try out some new genres. Right now I have an upper YA contemporary that I'm working on that's completely different from anything I've written. It's dual POV, and the characters stories don't actually intertwine for quite a while. The other thing I'm working on is a sci fi that is (supposed to be) a loose retelling of The Little Mermaid, without the actual mermaids. I thought the story was going one way, I had it all planned out, and then today I had a breakthrough, and now I have to rewrite the damn thing. But I know that if I try to force the story to be something that it's not, it will suck. Major.

TRAVELING! You can click on my Events/Appearances tab to learn more. I've never travelled this much in my life, and I'm scared, and worried, and freaking out, but I know that this is an opportunity that I can't pass up. To get to do what I love and get to see the world while doing it? BEST. JOB. EVER. Next year will also mark my first trip outside of the United States, which means I need a passport, huh?

Here are the books that I am planning to write/release in 2014 (as usual, this is SUBJECT TO CHANGE):

Surrendering to Us, January 9, 2014
My Sweetest Escape, January 28, 2014
Will and Audrey's book (Fall and Rise, book three) March/April 2014
Silence (Whisper trilogy, book three), May/June 2014
Dark Surrendering, June/July 2014

Those are the books I have dates, or at least rough dates for. These books don't have dates yet, but I will update:

Listen (Whisper trilogy, book three)
Trish and Max's book (Fall and Rise, book four)
YA Contemporary
NA Sci Fi
Secret Novella 

That looks like a lot and it is. I might not be able to handle it, but I'm going to try. I'm planning on doing a lot of writing on the go, and in hotel rooms.

And now because I've written too much about me, here's a Benedict Cumberbatch gif…

Mmmmm… Let's have another, shall we?

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