Setting - eg, stables
Character – types and roles – eg, single mum, strong female lead
Plot themes – eg, coming of age, forgiveness, redemption
Story tone – eg, feel-good, emotional, dystopian
So I set to work once more, thinking about themes such as loss, guilt, and secrets that pervade my stories. I also hadn’t realised the need to use the actual word “preteen” in the keywords to get the books listed under the 8-12 category for search purposes.
I’ve been so busy editing and writing that I’ve not spent a lot of time on marketing and promo. Or blogging. Sigh. So hard to strike a balance. I have 2 more horse titles I wanted to bring out before the end of September (more likely October now), plus a further title end of November (horse sci-fi!) and, hopefully, a completely new story end Dec/mid Jan. Phew! I’m enjoying writing again and get excited about all the projects ; I'm in danger of getting severe writers bum, with my limbs stiffening and head buzzing. Friends are neglected, yoga’s gone out of the window, I forget to eat, and so many things are being put on hold until I achieve these targets. Maybe not so healthy?
The new Gemma series is selling steadily, so I’m quite pleased with that, and Joyrider is picking up slowly. I’m so impatient – they’ve only been out a few weeks – but I really do need to devote some serious time to marketing, which I’ve totally neglected.
There’ll be a sneak preview of the next two covers shortly, and I’m thrilled to be working with a wonderful illustrator who is producing the image for my November release. (More on this soon).
Now, did I actually drink that mug of coffee I made over an hour ago? And have I left the porridge in the microwave?
How do you cope with time management?