Here I Was, Thinking I Was Coasting

Here we go again.

I realized literally two days ago that not only did I want to include a bonus chapter for my March release, but I also want to include a Reader Magnet (free short story at the end) as well. Shouldn’t be too hard since this is releasing in three months, right? Yeah…but the ARC (advanced reader copy) will be available in mid-February which means I have to have the story back from the editor by early-February which means I need to have the work over to her around mid-January.

And…I still have to write the thing.

I also need a professional cover for the Reader Magnet in addition to the cover for In The Moment During, which will have pre-order information available as well. So, amidst all the holiday cheer and spirits and splendor, I realized I need to write two more pieces, get them edited, and get my covers ready all in the next couple of weeks. (I also need to finish implementing the final edits for the book itself. No pressure there). Sheesh. Guess this really taught me there is no slowing down once you release one book, especially with a continuing three-month-release schedule. Here I was, thinking I was coasting easy for a little bit but nah.

Let me repeat it for those in the back: NAH.

Alright, it’s officially been over a week since ITMB released and things have been…interesting. I’ve gotten some feedback that was slightly disappointing because there aren’t more paranormal aspects. I totally get that. Honestly, I was (and still am) a little hesitant about its category and if I’m misleading readers which is NOT MY INTENTION. But clearly, I’m a mess. All my genres kind of smear into another category because apparently, I like doing things the hard way. Probably why I took math honors classes when I clearly shouldn’t have.

But it’s all good. I’ll learn with each release and hopefully these kinds of things won’t occur to me a few weeks before they’re needed. I’ll get into a groove. A pattern. Some way to keep me sane through all this since—again, for those in the back—I’m on a three-month-release schedule all the way through 2024. I really hope I can stick to it. That’s where y’all come in. I need your help, your support, and your constant reminders that books are EXPECTED in March, June, September, and December.  Even if fans aren’t demanding them, I’m demanding them. And that’s good enough for me.

How was your Christmas? Hanukah? Kwanza? Festivus?? We’re all different and celebrate different things, so I hope whatever path you’re walking has led you to a fabulous holiday season. Mine was lovely, thanks for asking. I’ll probably touch base on it in this week’s newsletter (I’m doing two a month now, did you know?) So, if you’re interested in details, I’d crack that sucker open this Friday. Not subscribed? Here you go: SUBSCRIBE HERE. I’d sign up quickly because I’m including the FREE Short Story of Homecoming Night which is only available to my newsletter subscribers. (It’s exactly what you think it is. Literally the Homecoming Dance for Robin and Grayson. Curious what it’s like? Yeah. I was too. That’s why I wrote it).

Anyway, I’m off to go do all the things. Like write the Reader Magnet I need to have edited in a few weeks.

It’s all good; I got this.

~ LC

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