Note: What I wrote below still applies, but I have taken a detour first. A terrific short story idea wouldn’t leave me alone, so I decided to make an attempt to write it before diving back in to the Gladstone Shifters series. It concerns some cool dragons, a little boy, and a threatened kingdom. I’m about halfway finished and it has proved to be more of challenge than I expected. Crafting a short story is NOT the same as a novel length work! Success with this one would mean I can rest easy, knowing I can actually DO IT and stop fretting while I write the novel which is impatiently waiting to make its way out of my brain and onto the page. I will share more when the story is finished!
Forbidden Moon, Gladstone Shifters Book 3 is my next project, but after that I’m toying with a really cool idea which involves a series of mixed-genre short stories, all tied together under a common theme. I’ll finally get to use some of the wonderful ideas gathering dust in my files which don’t lend themselves to novelization. So what’s the catch? I know this sounds strange, but the idea requires me to write short stories – something I’m not certain I can do! I tend to wax eloquent, so keeping all these good ideas from evolving into novel length works could be a significant hurdle.
If I do succeed, one idea is to offer the stories for free here on my website or for promotional purposes. Once I have enough, I’ll gather them together in one volume and sell it as a collection. Another possibility is to publish several collections, each with a smaller number of stories.
Holidays anyone? Yeah, even though I don’t personally celebrate a December holiday, I’ve been thinking about writing something seasonal. To do that, I would have to finish it far in advance and be ready to publish it in October. Not sure when I can get to it, but it’s a good back-burner idea.
Though I hate to do it, I am seriously considering removing my book Second Chance Earth from Amazon. Why? It was the first book I wrote, and I made many serious mistakes which have resulted in poor reviews and sales. I love the story, characters and main plot points, but the writing and editing are weak. As is, the book is not helping me reach my goals as an author, nor is it giving my readers what they deserve. If I do pull the plug, it will mean some major work, a new cover, and most likely a new title. Anything less would end up under-performing again, and I can’t afford the dead weight. Conversely, I have neither the time or money to tackle this project. What to do?? All I can say is, if the book suddenly disappears, you’ll know why.
As with Second Chance Earth, my first Galactic Neighborhood book, Expedition, is also in need of revision and editing. Again, it was one of my early books, and I didn’t know any better! Now that I do, I can recognize the mistakes which need to be corrected, but I have the same problem of no time or money to rework it. It needs to be done, but if I tackle the project, I will not pull the book entirely, rather, I will make the necessary corrections and simply upload the new version. Unfortunately, the entire series needs better covers, too, and that’s a big chunk of change!
HaardWear – Retail Men Book 2. This project in on HOLD. I’m sorry to say that this book will have to be put off longer than I originally intended. One of the benefits of waiting is that the idea is still percolating in the back of my mind, adding fresh ideas to the story line. My apologies to those are waiting for the next Retail Men story to be released. It is entirely possible I will be adding significant new material to Green’s Thumb, and if I do, I’ll want to complete and re-release that book before moving on to Haardwear.
It is also a possible I may change the series from the Retail Men theme to one of of older characters; perhaps the Mature Men series or something similar. (If you like that idea, let me know.) Why would I change it? Reader feedback has shown a tremendous positive response to my senior characters, and there are very few realistic gay romances for men over fifty. I think it’s worth considering, though I have no firm timetable in mind.
More Paranormal/Mythical – Somewhere down the line I intend to introduce some dragon or dragon shifter stories. But that’s not all! I have ideas for other creatures such as bear and cat shifters, elves, fairies, brownies, genies, giants, merfolk, cupids, and unicorns. I’m eager to write about all of them!
There are some types of stories I am not interested in writing, including those with angels, demons, witches, vampires and zombies, so I’m afraid you’ll have to find a different author if you need to scratch that itch.
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