Sometimes...you're cruising along and you think everything is going great then... You fall off a cliff. That's me. I'm that person. Let me get real about writing today. I thought I found the magic elixir. THIS IS THE THING! I WILL DO THIS THING!
It was not the thing.
I thought, okay, I will write longer more character driven books with some meat. I was so excited. These books are my groove. I love them. As it turns out, though... No one wanted them. Go figure. I don't get it. But that's okay. I'll write shorter books, I guess. Medium size, really, because I'm not going back to really short. That does put a crimp in Wellston (I had 11 planned) and in Tradition Bound (I have 2 more in the mixer).
So far this year, I've spent a lot of time exploring.
But I thought...Maybe I'm just not writing what anybody wants to read. For that reason, I did a survey. To date, here are the results for what people have said they want, listed by series. If you disagree or you want to add something to the mix, please feel free to comment below or go to the very bottom of the page and click on my email to send me a note. I really do want to hear from people on this. Here are the results:
The Bad Boys
Kuznetsov Bratva (tied with Daly)
the Monster Misters
Tradition Bound (tied with Cherish Cove)
The Billionaire Club
New Midgard (Vikings)
I didn't include Sweetville in this survey because I am committed to writing four of those every year for the foreseeable future. I already have my plots and covers through the end of 2023.
There's a service that helps writers to know what's hot and what's not in the industry right now. Combining my research on that service with these survey results is telling me the type of books I should be writing for the next year or so. I'll see how it goes. One thing I've noticed though is, survey results don't always jibe with what people actually buy. In which case, I will pivot. I literally evaluate trajectory every month and quarter.
That said, I'm already committed for a bunch of books, the rest of the year that might not fit the results (and I mentioned in the survey that the poll was for my late year planning). So here's what's up for preorder (or committed) at the moment:
Waiting for You (Wellston/Cherish Cove)
Fling With the Secret Sheik (standalone, non-series book)
Amaze Me (Sweetville)
Finding His Light (Wellston/Cherish Cove)
Three secret beachy books
Broken Perfection (Wounded Warrior Collaboration book)
Something So Sweet (Sweetville)
Mine Every Night (part of the Dark Obsessions anthology)
After Z (Dystopian Zpocalypse Series)
Holiday Secret (standalone, non-series book)
Tipping Point (part of the FILO anthology)
This isn't all I'm writing this year. For example, I'm just about to release the next Bad Boys book, I will be releasing Rule Breaker between Waiting for You and Finding His Light, and I have the ménage book, That Summer Night, that I revealed yesterday. Those are just in the near future. I've committed to some Daly Way books this year, but I'm hesitant to put them in my schedule because they're a fluid thing.
Other things to look for this year, starting in May:
The current Kuznetsov Bratva books will be going into box sets on Apple, Barnes and Noble, Google and Kobo. I will also have 2 Daly Way box sets on those vendors with a 3rd, late in the year.
I'm working on 2 different serials. One is Vampires and the other is a contemporary new adult.
I addition, I'm working on a free story for my reader's group, since I give them a free story for every 100 members to join the group.
Have you made it this far?
My Top 3 items Today:
Finish up work on Bad Boy Bandleader
Writing on Waiting for You
Characters and Plot Points for That Summer Night.
(I know that looks identical to yesterday, and it is. I didn't get as far as intended)
Tip of the Day: To test if a battery is good or bad, drop it on a table from a height of about six inches. If it only gives a small bounce/falls right over, it's good. If it bounces around, it's dead or almost dead.
Quote of the Day: Better remain silent, better not even think, if you are not prepared to act. (Annie Besant)
What I Learned Today: Bleach has an expiration date. It's only good for six months. Go figure. I had no idea.
Lots of Love,
Heading your way this week: