Saturday, November 25, 2017

Update: November 2017

Hello, readers!

I wanted to let you all know what I’ve been up to the last two and a half years. Unfortunately, writing is not my primary source of income, which means it cannot be where I spend much of my time.

But I’ve been working on something else I’m very proud of, and very excited about. During the day, I’m a massage therapist, and I’ve been working to build a holistic healthcare clinic. Running a business of any kind takes a great deal of time, as well as many other resources and energies. It has not been entirely my sole focus these last two years, but very close.

I’ve come a long way and accomplished much since I began, but I’ve a long way yet to go. This last year in particular has seen many victories and many setbacks. Anyone in business for themselves will understand this. As Robert F. Kennedy said, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly,” and I’ve seen that to be very true.

I knew when I began this journey it would be a long, hard road. Only I wasn’t able to conceptualize just how long or how hard. As I’ve learned, it’s impossible to know what you don’t know.

While I have huge goals for the business again this coming year, I’ve also set myself some writing and publishing goals for 2018. I’ve realized that things in my life are slightly out of balance, and that the business will take longer than I’d like to come fully into fruition. It is not realistic or desirable for me to put my writing life on hold while I continue to pursue my business goals.

New work coming!

I have a Zoe Grey novella finished. It’s back from the editor, and once I do final edits, it will be ready to go. Well, it needs a title and a cover. Then it will be ready to go. I plan to have this out in time for Christmas.

I am about halfway done with a second Zoe Grey novella and am also working on the fourth Zoe Grey novel. I thought the novel was nearly finished, but after some edits suggested by early readers, I’ve decided to make some significant changes, which will set me back nearly to the beginning. That is such a daunting prospect, I’ve been resisting it, but, ultimately, I know it will make the novel better. And, for heaven’s sake, I have yet to write a novel that did not undergo such drastic changes. You guys wouldn’t recognize the first draft of The Trouble with Greed.

Realistically, there is no way I can get this book finished, edited, to the editor, back from the editor, and everything else by the end of the year. The first quarter of next year is even pushing it, but I will do my best. Unfortunately, this one may not be ready until summer.

The novella will be done sooner. I’d love to put that out in the first quarter of next year sometime. 

Non-Zoe projects

I’m also working on other non-Zoe projects. At the moment, I’m in the middle of second edits on a vampire story. (I know, I know, but vampire stories are my secret pleasure. I really don’t know why, but I LOVE them! And I really like this one I’m working on.) It’s too early to say much, but I’m toying with making this one the first of a trilogy. Once I know what I’m going to do for follow-up books, I’ll publish this one. Hopefully some of you will enjoy it.

I also have a wonderful project I’ve been working on in the background for years that I’m really excited about. It’s a serial-killer mystery featuring a forensic psychologist and a novelist that takes place mostly in Denver. I really enjoyed working on this story because it has so many really interesting characters. I’d love to do a dozen spin-offs just to get to know these guys better. Anyway, I’ve decided it’s time to get that one out, dust it off and polish it up, get it to the editor, and do something with it. I’d love to put that out sometime in 2018.

BHAGs

These are big goals—“big hairy audacious goals" or "BHAGs" as Jim Collins would say, especially with everything else I’ve got on my calendar. But I say, go big or go home. (Actually, I don’t know who said that one, and neither does Google, not for sure, anyway.) So we’re going to shoot for the moon and if we fail, at least we’ll still be among the stars. Gee whiz, I’m feeling whimsical today. The point is, even if I don’t accomplish everything I’ve set out here, at least some new material is on the way.

And I’m going to put my money where my mouth is. I’m going to post some snippets of my work on these various projects over the next few weeks and months. To start, I’ve posted a scene from the finished Zoe Grey novella. This link will take you there. 

A couple other things

Other things I’m working on or thinking about: I’ve been asked a thousand times to start a Zoe Grey Facebook group where we can chat about Zoe, the books, upcoming books, you guys can ask me questions, stuff like that. I debate about this because I’m not too savvy with Facebook, but if that’s something you would be interested, please let me know.

Also, I need to know if anyone would interested in reading any of my projects in advance of their publication. The advance reader team is very critical to my writing and editing process, but also to the publishing and launch process. Advance readers give detailed feedback on the work, the characters, the dialogue, the sequence of events—anything and everything—and then once the book officially launches, I need those readers to leave honest reviews on Amazon to help draw attention to the book.

If you’re interested in becoming an advance reader, please let me know. You might not be interested in all of my work, and that’s fine. I always let you know about the story before I send it so I know who is interested that particular project.

TTFN

Well, that's it for now. Check out the link to the scene from the new Zoe Grey novella, and watch for more work. I'm thinking I'll post the first three chapters from the novella before it comes out, plus scenes from the other projects I mentioned above. 

I appreciate you guys, and I'm really looking forward to hearing what you think about the stuff that's coming. 

Hope you've had an exciting and successful 2017. I wish each of you an even better 2018. 

Enjoy the holidays as we close out the year. 

God bless,
Catherine


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