Ah, the future. It’s a beautiful place. I long for it, I spend hours and hours day dreaming about what it might be like (when I’m not totally run off my feet with other things anyway).
Except, it’s not exactly daydreaming, is it? Not when plans evolve and develop, and you steadily make progress, small though it may be. As my friend and fellow writer, Leigh, said to me last night, it’s ‘future-dreaming’. I love that phrase. I’m going to hold onto it over the course of the year.
Of course, she’s helping me to future dream with her amazing cover design skills through Dwell Design and Press (check out some of her work here, she’s awesome!). We’ve started looking at images and she knocked together a few mock ups and oh boy… I’m totally in love. Sadly for you, I’m not going to show you just yet – for starters, they need some elements added, but also, it won’t be until the end of the year that I step forward into the world of self publishing and I want to save the covers for then. Naturally.
It’ll be worth the wait. And I have big plans, big plans which will no doubt develop and change over the year.
But basically, the gist of it is that I’ll be self publishing three paranormal romance novellas and one novel over the course of a year, with the first hopefully being released in time for Christmas 2014. The novel is the only book not written at the moment, though it’s been plotted and I’ll get on with that once my year of study is done. I adore this series, and I can’t wait to get it out into the world.
I hear a few of you asking – well why not just do it now then??
Because I want to do it right. I want to do it when it can be my focus, not when it’s coming second to study. I want to make sure I’ve done the very best I can before I hit ‘publish’ and to do so in a way that’s not (as) stressful for me, but is joyous.
Because it should be a wonderful thing, not another thing that is adding stress to an already busy year. I mean, I GET that it’s going to be all kinds of anxiety inducing, but I want to have the space to make the most of all the feelings and things that go with the release of your first book. Followed by your second, third and fourth. And onwards, of course. So many books…
Onwards! And here’s to the future!