I spent the last weeks of December on vacation at a lovely beach with gorgeous weather, so I only now took a look at my December numbers.
Here’s what I’ve been up to in the last month of 2016:
I got the edits back for my latest novel, Falling Hard, which is a medical romance between an interracial couple. Luckily, there wasn’t that much that needed to be changed, so the manuscript is now with my publisher, and all looks good for a publication at the beginning of April.
At the moment, I’m already working on translating Falling Hard into German so that my German readers don’t have to wait so long to be able to read the novel too.
This is what my numbers looked like in 2016:
|Fiction Writing||Editing||Research||Nonfiction Writing||Marketing & Administration||TOTAL|
|2016 - TOTAL||1,256 hours||778 hours||312 hours||187 hours||323 hours||2,856 hours|
|January||100 hours||66 hours||24 hours||46 hours||15 hours||251 hours|
|February||144 hours||74 hours||43 hours||1 hour||19 hours||281 hours|
|March||65 hours||80 hours||95 hours||---||13 hours||253 hours|
|April||116 hours||87 hours||26 hours||---||11 hours||240 hours|
|May||136 hours||54 hours||---||79 hours||14 hours||283 hours|
|June||108 hours||101 hours||---||4 hours||21 hours||234 hours|
|July||67 hours||66 hours||---||46 hours||36 hours||215 hours|
|August||48 hours||80 hours||78 hours||11 hours||68 hours||285 hours|
|September||149 hours||49 hours||46 hours||---||13 hours||257 hours|
|October||162 hours||41 hours||---||---||18 hours||221 hours|
|November||83 hours||53 hours||---||---||27 hours||163 hours|
|December||78 hours||27 hours||---||---||68 hours||173 hours|
As you can see, I spent a lot of time on “admin stuff” in December. That’s because I sat down and made plans for 2017, 2018, and 2019.
In publishing, you have to plan ahead and set deadlines because you have to book editors, cover artists, and proofreaders ahead of time. So I have to give my publisher an idea of which manuscript to expect from me and when. I already have a pretty good idea what my novels for the next three years will be. Among other things, I’m planning a sequel for the Portland Police Bureau series (Conflict of Interest and Next of Kin) and a continuation of my shape-shifter series (Second Nature and True Nature). There will also be contemporary romances that won’t be part of a series. So I’m hoping to have something new out for each of my readers.
I’m wishing you a 2017 with a lot of happiness, laughter, and good reading material!
Created by Krystel Contreras & Jorge Courbis