Writing Goals

Monica Jackson has a post up on her blog about writing 10k words a day. That’s a pretty ambitious goal. I rarely get more than 2k-3k per day and that’s when my husband is home and able to watch the kids. I try to write at night when everyone else is in bed. Typically from 10-2. Then I’m back up at 6:30 to get my eldest ready for school.

I’ve noticed some authors are able to put out a half dozen or more books a year and I do wonder how they do it. I assume those writers have a substantial backlog. At least I hope so, because if they don’t then I really do feel inadequate.

Except for one story I’ve pretty much sold all the fiction I’ve ever written. I don’t have any stories under the bed, though I really wish I did. I’ve decided to make 2012 my Last Stand. Either I’ll make it this year or it’s not going to happen. To that end I have a pretty ambitious schedule. I’m covering all bases–self-publishing, subs to traditional publishers, namely Kimani, and continuing with e-pubs as well. So in the spirit of writing it down and making it happen here’s my schedule for 2012:

Y’all already know about Dark Star, which I’m self-publishing is slated for around Valentine’s Day. I plan another Rock Star sequel, Superstar, which is the story of Thad and the burned-out pop star, Sioux Duprée.

I’m also starting Book 1 of the Jump Off Chronicles, Hot for Teacher. This is the only story I’ve never sold, primarily because I never finished it. The Jump Off Chronicles is actually Lisa’s idea and with any luck (and lots of nagging) I hope to make it a series. Further down the pike, I’ve got a Pussycat sequel, Pussycat on Guard which is a Russian billionaire and his supermodel bodyguard. I’m hoping Loose Id will buy it, which they might not since the first didn’t sell well. I really love this concept though and who knows what might happen?

Right at this moment I’m working on Diamonds on the River which I plan to submit to Kimani. I’ve never had an idea that I thought was right for them, but this one seems to work. Diamonds is about a successful stockbroker who has to go to an ex to rescue her wayward brother from the clutches of the SEC (The Securities and Exchange Commission, not the football conference, though that would make an interesting story too.)

And believe it or not, that’s not all that’s on the agenda, but it’s all I can talk about at the moment or Lisa will hurt my feelings. I hope I can up my daily word count or I’m going to be exhausted to say the least.

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