Okay, I might have outsmarted myself. I can’t seem to get this timing thing quite right. I liked C.S. Boyack’s idea of writing two manuscripts at the same time so much, I managed to finish a few things all close together. And then what do you do?
I don’t know how I managed it, but I ended up with three finished projects–my last Muddy River short read, a new Lux novel, and an anthology I put together with friends–back to back of each other. It feels awesome! But I don’t want to try to market too many things at the same time. One of the contributors to the anthology, C.S. Boyack, put his new book, HMS Lanternfish, on sale on August 8. He’s been writing guest posts to promote it on other peoples’ blogs since it came out. That takes a lot of time and work. He’s starting storyboards for new books, too. So I didn’t want to crowd his book’s debut too much. And I wanted lots of people to find it. I just finished reading it, and boy, was it fun!
I can’t wait too long on the anthology, though. My fifth Jazzi Zanders mystery comes out on Sept. 22, and I want to give myself some time to promote the anthology before Lyrical steps up marketing for The Body From the Past. So, I’ve decided to put up MURDER THEY WROTE on August 27. That feels like a happy medium for both Craig and me.
And as for the new Lux book? It’s polished and ready to go, but I’m going to hold it in the wings for a while until Jazzi and the anthology get a fair shot of my time. A hard thing for me to do. I hate waiting. I did a lot of extra work on this Lux, and I’m really happy with it. It has to get in line, though. And when I think about it, I guess there are worse problems a writer could have:)
While I’m waiting, I have half of the plot points done for Jazzi 7, so I want to finish those and start work on the next Jazzi mystery. That should keep me out of trouble for a while:) And since I mentioned the anthology, here’s a little teaser. I think it turned out pretty special!