{Working Notes 12} What I’m Working On

Another day, another job to do. Actually there are a lot of jobs for me to do. And my most pressing ones are below. ๐Ÿ˜€

Editing Death’s Lover, Book #3 in the Children of Khaos Series

Thursday of last week I finished writing Death’s Lover. Whoopee!

Now the rest of the work begins. I’m working hard on edits this week so I can have it in that hands of my lovely beta readers by June 1. The only reason I can do this on so short of time is that the first 40,000 words has already been edited twice and all I really needed to do on those was clean them up, delete what no longer works for the story, and add in the foreshadowing of subplot threads that cropped up later. ๐Ÿ˜€

The other 30,000 words are pretty will set and just need some layering to fill it out. In three days I’ve already added about 7,000 words to the manuscript, which I will have to let my editing team know about since I told them it was 75,000 words, thinking that I wouldn’t have to add more than 5,000 words. Oopps! I’m almost to 80,000 words and I took out am earlier scene completely.

For the moment this books schedule for publication has been pushed to the first of August. My new editor didn’t have an opening until mid-July so I have to work with her schedule. I’ll do better for next time now that I know what I have to do with this editor. ๐Ÿ˜€ And yes, like book cover designers and authors, editors all work a little differently.

Writing the The Rancher’s Wife, Book #2 in the Wild Hearts Series

Ruth and I are still working on this and are getting close to the mid-way point of the book. And look I have the cover! Finally! ๐Ÿ˜€

Since her kids are out for school and mine will be next week, andย  she’s been busy with giveaways, website redesigning, and a writing conference she’s going to attend, and I’ve been busy with writing, fencing, water chasing, ditching, client work, and website redesign, we’ve been working on a slower pace the last two weeks.

However, the pace in the book is picking up as Thayne and Abby’s romance is blooming quite nicely. I expect them to be married very soon and in an unusual way. ๐Ÿ˜€

His Brother’s Wife, a Standalone Historical Western (for now)

Like the Rancher’s Wife, this book is moving at a slower pace for the time being. We are writing on this book one week and the other the next for the moment. Which isn’t a problem since both books are ahead of schedule with a nice buffer in place for the end of school and summer break.

As for the “for now”… this Ruth’s book in accordance with our agreement (a ghostwriting/barter system with a contract, interested to know more, email me), and she decided that it would be a standalone Historical Western Romance. At the time I agreed because the cast of characters doesn’t allow for much else. Now I think there could be potential for more books in the series, so I’m introducing a few more characters, two women and a man. I’m hoping for some sparks. ๐Ÿ˜€

In the Plotting Stage of Claiming Khyrsolia

ComingSoonCoverSince I’m now done with Death’s Lover, I needed a new project to write on. In waltz Claiming Khyrsolia. The book is about 20,000 words done with more planned. I only stopped working on it because I didn’t like how it was turning out.

The book was actually three short stories/novellas told in the point-of-views of Khyrsolia, Tiwaz, and Dyr. Before anyone starts to think this is a love triangle with only one hero getting the girl. It’s neither. The love triangle is more of two men loving the same woman, but they aren’t going to be fighting over her like two dogs over a bone, actually they don’t fight over her at all. As for who gets the girl… You’ll have to read the book to find out. ๐Ÿ˜€

Re-Designing Book Website

Yes, I’m still re-designing my website. The Main Site is where I want it. The Design Portfolio site is complete. And now my attention is on how to do my design my Book site. I started to make some tweaks last week, only to pause when I didn’t like the outcome even though I liked the plan for it.

As mush as I like the idea of each series getting its own place on the website. I wasn’t a big a fan on all the updating I’d always have to be doing. I like simple. It also makes it easier to find what you are looking for.

So I’m going back to planning it out on paper. Then when I’m ready to put plan into action, I know what I’m doing and it moves so much quicker. What do you guys like in an author website?

Slowing Down on Client Work for the Summer

With the kids home, the ranch work to help with, the garden to tend to, books to write, and client work to do, I need to slow everything way down. Rather than taking every good job that comes my way, I have plan jobs weeks and months ahead. This means I lose some jobs. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

It also means I work on my writing and design business 7 days a week to make up for the day I lose (Monday). Saturday to Monday I work in the mornings from the time I get up until I head out around 9am to start ranch work. Which is coming up, so I better go get ready for Monday morning workday. Bye, y’all!