So here's where I stand in this second month of the new year:
* THE DARKEST EDGE OF DAWN (DEOD) revisions were turned into my editor in January. (A few small notes/changes are making their way to me as I write this, so I expect to do those this weekend.)
* Finished initial revisions on the YA, DARKNESS BECOMES HER, and turned those in. (They'll be going through a line edit and then they'll come back to me).
* Tweaked cover copy for DEOD. (For those who don't know, copy cover is the text you find on the front and back cover of a book. (blurbs, taglines, quotes). This can also include the inside of the covers as well, like the author bio.)
* After my awesome web designer, Atomic Cherry, did a few renderings of potential 'looks', I finally selected one (which I love), and building has commenced. Cannot wait to reveal!
This leaves me (until DEOD arrives) with nothing in the que. (Well, the second YA needs to be written, but that's not due until December). And there's nothing in the que with the Charlie books as of now. I'm not fond of times like these. Deadlines help me to focus. I know what to work on and when to work on it. With nothing looming, I waste time. I admit it. I do.
Right now, I'm writing up notes for the 2nd young adult, and the next Charlie book. But I have time to think ahead a little, and work on some additional projects for the future. I'm waffling between an adult stand-alone novel that I'd like to finish (150 pages already done), and my super cool kid's Turn of the Century, alternate, NYC story, of which I have the first four chapters done.
But, Kelly, don't you have enough books in the cue now? you might ask. Yes. Now. Sure I could sit back and enjoy. But authors have to think ahead. It generally takes anywhere from 1-2 years for our books to come out, and that does not include the time it takes to write and make the sale. If I want to have books coming out steadily every year, the last thing I'd want is to complete a contract, have the last book come out, and then write something new. There'll be a huge gap, see? Between the last book and the next (because it will take time to write, sell and then publish). Could be an entire year or two. So, when I have time like this, I like to think ahead. I like to explore new projects, ideas, and stay fresh.
Er, that's provided I can stay focused. These self-imposed deadlines of mine are so weak sometimes. And I betcha as soon as I publish this post, DEOD will arrive. *fingers crossed* Then, at least the next few days will be a no brainer. :D