We’re approaching the middle of May, and it’s time for a quick check to see where things are and where they are going.
I had a bit of an epiphany lately about my ‘work plan’. I had been charging ahead with writing two books at the same time, then editing when needed in order to get things to the editor. I sent off the first book in the Rescue series to the editor at the end of April, and I’ll admit I was under pressure to get that sent off in time. With that in mind, a quick look at my open accounts, I’ve got three books just sitting around, complete, gathering dust. So, with that in mind, I’ve scaled back writing and focused on editing.
That means that words are continuing to flow on the 4th Standish book, while at the same time, I’ve started editing the 8th book in the Earth Saga series, which is by far the longest book in that series by some measure. The plan now is to get that novel ready for the editor, even though it’s not going to him for some time, and then move straight on to the 3rd Standish novel, which is supposed to be released in January, and start getting that ready for the editor and so on, until all those are sorted.
At the same time, I’ll continue with one project under construction while completing the several jobs that require renovations! I just need to clean up the books that are complete, because, at the moment, they’re going to catch up on me, and they all require three rounds of Grammarly edits, plus two rounds of red-penning, both very time-consuming.
I suppose the plan, for now, going forward, is keeping this a little more disciplined. I hate editing, but I’ve got to do several rounds before I send it to the editor, and it’s probably best to polish these projects up while they’re still relatively fresh in my mind.
Looking forward, here is the current release schedule:
July 22- The Rescue: Vanuri Down (At the Editor)
October 22- Earth Saga 8 (Editing)
January 23- Standish 3 (Waiting to start edits)
April 23- Standalone Novel (Waiting to start edits)
July 23- Standish 4 (Writing)
October 23- Earth Saga 9 (Yet to start)
So, we’ve got a full calendar of books lined up all the way to the end of 2023, which is good. I just need to get on top of a lot of editing, then finally put pen to paper on the final instalment of the Earth Saga series, which may turn into the Earth Saga Series, Phase 1. Time will tell.
In addition to work, I’ve taken a few walks around town. The weather is improving, so that’s a plus.
The focus for the rest of the month is getting Standish 4 completed and starting the next phase of editing on the 8th book in the Earth Saga series, something that will take some time, considering the book is over 170,000 words in length!
Until next time, stay safe out there.