Well, the past few days have been a bit of a mixed bag. It happens sometimes, especially when I’m transitioning between projects. Sometimes I think it would be easier to write a trilogy, then edit it into a publishable state before I begin writing the first book of the next. Only then I’d miss writing draft an awful lot, because editing takes a lot more time than that does. I’ll manage . It doesn’t help that a few things at the day job are in transition too. It’s like a double-whammy, really.
True to my word, I’m doing a bit of both things I said were likely in my last post. I’ve started the outline and made some more notes for Still They Watch. I’m doing a bit on that this morning, adding a few more points to the outline, working some of the beginning out. That too is a transition because I’m leaving behind the setting for most of the first two books. It’s necessary, and in a way it’s kind of cool, as it gives me a new place to explore. It’s yet another transition going on, but I think I have a handle on it, as far as the outline goes. I don’t have to worry about the actual writing of it until November.
I’m also doing my second pass of editing through Where The Ether Flows. Typically, I spent two days going through the first chapter, and that was for two reasons. First, well, it’s the first chapter of the first book in the trilogy. It has to be right, it has to draw you in, all of that. And second, the bloody thing is 22 pages long. For a bit of perspective, my chapters average around 12-15. It’s long, so that took a while to get through. I’m into Chapter 3 now, and the manuscript is in relatively good shape, though there are parts I’m definitely tweaking to match up with All Stitched up, book 2, a bit better. I can do that now that it’s written. And I will say, I like being able to do that. It’s the nice part about the way I write, that all 3 will be at least in first draft long before I think about publishing book 1, so I can tweak a bit more on earlier books if I discover something awesome in creating later ones. Maybe that’s a small thing to most, but I rather like it.
In case you’re wondering, yes, they’re still working on the balconies. It’s starting to feel endless at this point. And no, I haven’t seen that cute guy since the one and only time he went to my local Starbucks. The upside? I’ve seen others, and that’s enough for me. I can deal with eye-candy. I don’t have to worry about being asked to spend less time with my fictional men then. I’m terrible, I know. I like me that way.
I did have one thing I wanted to discuss with my blog followers (and anyone else who cares to chime in). As I’m getting Bound ready for publication, I’m starting to think about marketing and other long term stuff like that. Setting aside the idea of making the book free for a while, what kinds of promos do you enjoy for book launches? I have a few ideas of what I might do, but I have limited experience at these things. I’ve looked at what others have done, but I’m not sure how many those things reach, and I thought I’d start a conversation about it. So, let me know what kinds of things tend to twig your attention and make you want to check out a book. I’m quite interested to see the responses.