So, the other day I was looking at my calendar. When I do this, I’m always looking ahead. What do I have to do today, this week, this month, next month, how far am I from my next release, deadline, etc? It’s a never ending cycle of work, but somehow I love it, so it’s not really “work” in that “of course I’ll look in the back to see if I have that in your size, even though I just told you we don’t” kind of way. It’s work in that it’s hard, but I enjoy doing it, so I don’t dread it.
But, the other day, I was looking at my calendar, and decided to look back, to see what I was doing this time last year. What was I working on? What deadlines did I have? And how far have I come?
This time last year, I was working on Unseen. I’d just sent it to my brand new developmental editor, who came highly recommended from Denise Grover Swank. Hiring her was one of the best decisions I made last year.
Since then I’ve published 3 books, and written 4. Considering that my first book, The Blackout, took 3 years to write, and The Cure and Unseen took a year respectively, it’s quite an improvement I’d say. I can also look back and see a marked improvement on my writing overall from The Blackout to Undivided, which will be out in September. And I love that so much.
We have come so far in the last 365 days, and it’s fun to look back, but also to look ahead too. I have planned between now and July of next year to release 4 more books. I will have a brand new completed trilogy by this time next year. That is hard for me to comprehend right now, considering I haven’t started writing book 1 yet. And I wonder what changes will come into play that will impact my plans.
All in all, it’s fun and exciting! As I bring the Unseen trilogy to a close in a few weeks, I’m proud of not only where we’ve been, but where we’re going!