Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Mystery is How am I Going to do it All?

Ever wonder if all that you have planned can possibly happen? I'm at that stage right now.

Because I have a new Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery out, A Cold Death, I've been doing all sorts of things online and in person to promote it. My blog tour is over, and yes, I think it helped, at least the ranking on Kindle because lower numbers during that time period. And I've run another online promotion too. I won't know how well that has worked until I receive a royalty statement from the publisher.

I've had book signings at Barnes and Noble and a wonderful chocolate store. I'll be one of many authors at the Great Valley Book Festival in Manteca this Saturday. Always a fun day.

But--and it's a big one--I also have a re-issue of a very old cookbook--Cooking for a Big Family and a Crowd  as well as a romance with a supernatural touch, Lingering Spirit, and my very first mystery The Astral Gift.

All of this has come about because of a wonderful friend, who decided all the books that had been with my former publisher should be republished. She is also working on two historical family sagas of mine. And of course this means that I have to do a lot of re-editing, but I can assure you I'm not complaining about that.

In the meantime, the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery I'm working on now is being neglected. What I've decided is that maybe I won't have two books come out next year as usual. There is only so much time.

So authors--have you ever felt like I do at the moment? A bit overwhelmed by all that you need to be doing?

And readers, I hope this give you a bit of an insight about what some of us go through in order to get new books out there. We all hope that the books we write will please readers.


Me at Stafford's Chocolates


Morgan Mandel said...

I'm lucky to get one book out a year. My dog requires a lot of attention and has more energy than I do. I get lots more exercise, but my writing takes second place. I never seem to catch up with housework either.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Well, I put this up on the wrong day--oh well. My daughter does my housework, I really wouldn't get much else done if I had to do that.

Linda Thorne said...

I can't even imagine getting out anything near the number of books you do each year. Yes, I think slowing down some and using your time for other things is a good idea. If you have a fan base following your series, they may find it difficult to keep up with the new books being generated regularly. I'm no expert, but I'm wondering if producing less each year would hurt you at all at this point when you've published 40 books. I like the idea of your prior books being re-published. You have a wealth of past publications coming to life again.