As much as I’d like to write all of my projected books for 2013 right now, I know this isn’t possible. On a good day, I manage 1500 words. On a super duper good day, I manage 2000. I have nine works in progress right now. (Okay, I haven’t started three of those, but I’d like to get two of those going.) Mitch’s Win is already done and being edited, so it doesn’t count.
By the way, Mitch’s Win will be published around the last week of March.
At least, that is as long as everything goes smoothly with Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. (Yes, I’m planning to publish directly on Barnes and Noble. Long story short, it turns out I have to. I love Smashwords, so it’s nothing on their end. I don’t want people to get the wrong idea. It has to do with the timing of tax vouchers and when they’re due.)
I’m also getting close to finishing the first draft of Runaway Bride. So that one should be out around the end of next month. *fingers crossed*
So I need to focus on the word count in this book. I plan to have the first draft done by March 25. I’m going to project an average of 500 words a day on it. There’s not much more to go. I’m just tying up loose ends.
Ugg! This is so frustrating because my average seems to be seven books a year, which means I probably can’t finish all of these this year. It’s especially hard when the people I live with don’t consider my writing important. They think it’s just some big old hobby, akin to them watching one of their TV shows. This also means I don’t get nearly as much writing in as I want to. :(
These are the eight books I have left: His Abducted Bride, The Earl’s Scandalous Wife, Blackmailing the Countess, Boaz’s Wager, Patty’s Gamble, Just Good Friends, Kent’s Backstory, and Lassoing Her Groom
Now I’m left with eight books. The first thing I need to do is the process of elimination.
Kent’s Backstory can be written little by little on my other blog, so that takes the pressure off of that. I don’t know how long it’ll take to finish it, but at least there’s no pressing deadline on it and I can do it at my leisure.
Lassoing Her Groom is also one that can be pushed back to a later date.
So that takes two books out of the immediate running.
Just Good Friends is a holiday romance which starts in November.
I’m thinking it should be an ongoing process just because I want to get it out at the beginning of November. That puts my anticipated first draft completion date around the beginning of October. I’m estimating a need for 309 words a day (or 300 to round down). OR I could pick this book up at 500 words a day at the end of May. Considering it’s mid-March, I can probably make good progress in two other books I’d like to have out around the summer time.
The others are harder to figure out.
I keep thinking I should get to The Earl’s Scandalous Wife because a lot of people want to read Perry’s story. (I get a couple requests for his book a month.)
I had started Mister Robinson’s book (a Regency that chronologically comes before Perry’s book).
I feel like I should write Mister Robinson’s story first, but I don’t think my heart is in Blackmailing the Countess at the moment, which makes it a harder one to commit to.
But then I think, is it wise for me to write a book based on order or am I better off writing books based on the order they interest me? And my knee jerk reaction is this: Write the book that is nagging at you to write, silly! I understand people who read my books want to do so in the order they are supposed to be, but I don’t think I can do it that way, at least not for a series that spans longer than three books, and the Regency Collection has hit the “three book” mark. So doing this in chronological order is going to probably be something I can’t do anymore.
So that settles it. I can’t write the Regencies in chronological order of when the books happen, and I won’t force myself to do it. Plus, it makes no sense to spend time on a book that isn’t captivating my interest. I’m going to put Blackmailing the Countess on hold for now.
I do want to write Perry’s story. So I’ll put that on my priority list. So I’m going to project 600 words a day for The Earl’s Scandalous Wife.
That leaves us with His Abducted Bride, Boaz’s Wager, and Patty’s Gamble.
Putting Runaway Bride aside (since it’ll be done by March 25) and temporarily putting aside Just Good Friends (since I won’t start until the end of May)…
I currently have The Earl’s Scandalous Wife marked for 600 words a day.
His Abducted Bride is the most logical choice for the next book to focus on.
I already have 21,000 words invested in it, it will complete the Across the Stars series (yay!). Plus, I am still interested in writing it (even better). I’ll have to devote 600 words a day to it. I kept trying for 500, but it I want this out in June or July, I have to crank it up a notch.
That leaves us with Boaz’s Wager and Patty’s Gamble. I’d like to do these simultaneously. If my average word count is 1500 words a day (with 2000 being super duper good), then I have about 200-300 words I can devote each day to these books.
So let’s do 300 for Boaz’s Wager.
And 300 for Patty’s Gamble.
If I can make any word counts in the other books, yay! If not, it won’t be a huge loss.
I’ll now adjust the widgets to the right accordingly.