GIVEAWAY WINNER IS: PEPPER PHILLIPS! Congratulations, Pepper, the random comment picker plugin picked you! I’ll be in touch to get your address.
Last year was a big one for me. My debut historical, IN A TREACHEROUS COURT, came out with Simon & Schuster, and I got inducted into the life of a published author. It was fun, it was scary, and it was wild. And what I found was that I spent a long time getting to grips with the non-writing side of it all. I definitely did not write at the same level of output as I usually do last year. This year, I plan to change that. I’ve set my minimum page count for the day, and I intend to stick with it. I might even make myself report to Edie and Liz just to make sure I do it.
Not only that, but my next book, KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS, is due out on April 3rd this year, and my editor has given me the go ahead to let you all have a sneak peek at the cover. Isn’t it GORGEOUS? Truly? I thought Lisa Latwick had done an amazing job with the cover of IN A TREACHEROUS COURT. I didn’t really see how she could do better than that, and then she did!
And today, I’m happy to say, I think I might finally be typing THE END on a book I’ve been working on for most of 2011. It’s a story I thought up over five years ago, and part of my problem with this book has been that I have seen it in my head in such rich technicolour for so long, nothing but achieving that same vividness would do when writing the book. I’ve rewritten, and reworked and polished and polished. It will feel great to start the new year with a new project, and with the satisfaction that I did my best with the one I’ve just finished.
My new project is already raring to go, and I’ve thought about it for almost as long as the one I just finished. The perfect scenario.
So as you face the year ahead, is there a new project you plan to tackle? Or a good habit (like my minimum writing output) that you plan to go back to, or a bad one you’re determined to kick to the curb?
I’d love to hear what you want to accomplish in 2012, and want to say I hope that 2012 is a wonderful, wonderful year for all our MM readers.
(To celebrate the KEEPER cover goodness, I have an ARC of KEEPER to give away to one commenter, with the hope that if they like it, they’ll spread the word by reviewing it in the reviewing venue of their choice. Will do the draw on Friday.)