Monthly update – December 2016

dec 2016Over the past several years, I’ve made it a tradition to post my working hours every month to keep myself accountable and to give you some insight into what’s going on behind the scenes, so to say.

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 EditingResearchNonfiction WritingMarketing & AdministrationTOTAL
2016 - TOTAL1,256 hours778 hours312 hours187 hours323 hours2,856 hours
January100 hours66 hours24 hours46 hours15 hours251 hours
February144 hours74 hours43 hours1 hour19 hours281 hours
March65 hours80 hours95 hours---13 hours253 hours
April116 hours87 hours26 hours---11 hours240 hours
May136 hours54 hours---79 hours14 hours283 hours
June108 hours101 hours---4 hours21 hours234 hours
July67 hours66 hours---46 hours36 hours215 hours
August48 hours80 hours78 hours11 hours68 hours285 hours
September149 hours49 hours46 hours---13 hours257 hours
October162 hours41 hours------18 hours221 hours
November83 hours53 hours------27 hours163 hours
December78 hours27 hours------68 hours173 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!


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  1. kathy-Reply
    January 10, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    so that’s how you do it, eh? nice to know what we have to look fwd to over the next three years

    • Jae-Reply
      January 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks, Kathy. I appreciate your support over the years!

  2. January 11, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Wonderful news about the sequels to come. I love both of these series.

    • Jae-Reply
      January 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Me too! It will be great to revisit these characters. It’ll give me an excuse the re-read the previous books :-)

  3. Sharon E. Owens-Reply
    January 12, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Keep ‘em coming! And bring lots of copies to GCLS.

    • Jae-Reply
      January 20, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      Sounds like I’ll see you in Chicago! That would be great.

  4. Rachel-Reply
    January 12, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I’m sure you enjoyed your vacation. It looks gorgeous there!!!

    Can’t wait for new novels!!! Good luck with your projects this year :)

    • Jae-Reply
      January 20, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      It was a wonderful vacation, with gorgeous weather. Getting back to snowy Germany took some getting used to! I wish you the best of luck for any 2017 goals you might have.

  5. Carole Starling-Reply
    March 30, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    So I have recently discovered your work and I must say that I am hooked. I work in law enforcement so the Portland Police series has been great. I’ve also read the first of Hollywood series as well. and plan to order the shape-shifting series too. I truly enjoy your work and look forward to the future, however I may be reading them faster than you can write them! Take care.

    • Jae-Reply
      April 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      Sorry for the late reply. Somehow, the message was filtered into the spam folder. Thanks for reading my books. I do a lot of research and try to keep my plots as realistic as possible.

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