Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A Few Odd Ball Tidbits About My Writing Life

As I've reported, some of my older books have been self-published (with lots of help from a friend.) Those books are bringing in more royalties each month then I received most of the time quarterly from publishers. (Of course, to be fair, it's several books.)

The one that is selling the best is not a mystery, but a cook book that I wrote years ago. That has been a big surprise.

Of course, a certain amount of promotion has gone into letting people know about all these re-edited and re-pubbed books. Definitely a regular part of my writing life.

Because I now have a new publisher for the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series, I've been going over and re-editing each book--and I'm now on #10 in the series. Besides making needed corrections, I've also learned a lot about the characters that I've forgotten.

I decided it was time that my webpage get decluttered and my webmaven did a terrific job. Check it out: http:/ /fictionforyou.com/. In the process I realized I've now written over 40 books, and nearly all have been published.

Because of the extra work, I'm woefully behind in writing my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery. All I have so far is the first two sentences.

My calendar is beginning to fill with public appearances--that's always good and something I like to do.

However other events are also filling my calendar. One biggie is this week when I'll be attending the annual PSWA board meeting where we'll not only be taking care of business, but plans for the July conference will be finalized. More about that on my next blog post.This is my favorite writers' conference. You can check it out at http://policewriter.com/  This meeting is held for 4 days in Ventura--one of the places they had a devastating fire.

I try to attend as many meetings of the San Joaquin chapter of Sisters in Crime as possible. Besides seeing all my friends, I often get idea for my books from the speakers. I've noticed that I'm one of the only writers attending who takes notes. I've often wondered about that.

We've scheduled a mini-vacation in April, a much needed visit to see our eldest daughter and family in the Murrieta/Temecula area.

In May I'm going over to the coast to be a part of the Central Coast Sisters in Crime chapter writing conference. Looking forward to that too, love visiting the coast and seeing good friends.

I'm sure I've forgotten something, but you get the idea--my writing life is busy.



Morgan Mandel said...

I don't know how you manage to get so much done! You must be very disciplined!

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

I am not really disciplined, I begin the a.m. and work until I can't anymore. Then I rest.

Linda Thorne said...

I've read about cook books and coffee table book selling better than mystery novels. Interesting post. My computer crashed earlier this week and I'll have to miss my scheduled post, so this one will run longer for you.