I’m into week four of fooling around with everyone’s favourite crazy vampire, Snow, and work on his book, Unleash (Vampire Erotic Theatre romance series book 6), is coming along nicely, albeit slower than I had planned.
I had intended to have this book wrapped up by last Friday, but with the release of Bewitch (Vampire Erotic Theatre romance series book 5) at the weekend, I had to take a couple of days off from writing to get work for the release day done and everything prepared. Of course, now I’m behind schedule on both writing Unleash and all the work I need to do for the virtual book tour with Bewitch. The work of an author is never done, and I do think it might be time to start thinking about an assistant! Switching between my marketing mind and my writing mind always causes delays and I find it difficult to stop my brain from pursuing marketing ideas and stats and figures and all that non-writing stuff once I engage it. It really can slow down my writing dramatically. I am beginning to miss the old days when I literally just wrote and released books with no thought to marketing, platform, and all that other stuff that goes with the territory these days.
Unleash is coming along though, and I’ve tackled a tough spot during which I practically ground to a halt. I hit a stumbling block trying to get the book to move from point A to point B. Thankfully, it was around the time that I had to do work for Bewitch instead, so I could allow my muse to think about the problem and a solution presented itself. Another reason for my delay in completing the first draft is because the book is turning out longer than I had anticipated. Not bad news if you’re a Snow fan. It now means that the book will be around 90,000 words when complete in first draft, which makes it a full length novel. It has already broken my predicted 75,000 word length, and I still have three or four chapters left to write, including an epilogue of sorts, and I have some work to do in some areas of the book before I can let it rest for a few weeks prior to editing it.
I’ve also been thinking about the proposal I’ll be working on next for my agent. Of course, thinking about a completely different series just ends up whetting my appetite for writing said series and delving more into that world. I think my muse’s focus is shot this week and he’s all over the place. I shouldn’t blame him really. I fear the repercussions if he finds out!
At the moment, Unleash is still slated for a late spring 2013 release date. That is a very short deadline in reality and I can’t guarantee I will hit it, but I will do my best to make it happen. I also need to work on the next Her Angel novel at the same time as I work on Unleash, so my work forecast is set to punishing!
Nothing unusual there then.