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October 2016 Update

Quick update.

Harper’s book is taking longer than I expected. The themes in this book are very close to home for me and I want to make sure I do it justice. I’m almost done, but considering time for external editing and formatting etc, it’ll be another couple weeks until release, sorry.

Book 8 is in progress also (yay juggling multiple deadlines) though I’ve set it aside for the moment to give Harper full attention at the end here. But I don’t foresee missing any deadlines on book 8, so still aiming for that to release before end of 2016.

Also have a secret project I’m involved in that I think ya’ll will love and that should be revealed soon, too!

In even better news, just approved the audio for book 4 of 20sided, so Hunting Season should be up on Audible within the next two weeks (depends on how long it takes them on their end to get it live). It sounds awesome. ūüôā

Also… I’ll be doing a signing with a bunch of other awesome science fiction and fantasy authors at Powell’s on¬†November 20th. For details click this sentence. So if you want signed books or just want to nerd out with me, come hang!

And that is October’s update.

What’s Next?

Book 7 of The Twenty-Sided Sorceress is out in the world, and now I get to think about what is next. ¬†First, to answer to main question I’ve been getting: Magic to the Bone ties up the Samir storyline more or less, but it is hardly the end of stories for Jade Crow and her friends.

So… what’s next? ALL the things. Here’s a list, by no means set in stone, of what I’m going to be working on over the next year.

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The next 20sided book will be a side novel and I think from the cover there you can guess whose story it is. It’ll follow¬†Harper as she deals with the events of the previous books and has her own adventures in the world of gaming conventions and tournaments. ¬†I’m loosely aiming for this book to come out late summer or early fall of this year.

Book 8 is coming, as well, but likely not until the winter of 2016. It’s set chronologically after book 7, of course, but will have its own stand-alone story with Jade and company. ¬†Here’s the cover for that one (it’s one of my favorites and should be a blast to write, since this plot is going to be balls-to-the-wall gamer fun):

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Notice how those things are loosely set to come out later this year? That’s because, for the sake of sanity, the quality of my work, and my health, I’m doing a couple things differently going forward. First is… I am not going to set deadlines or release dates until a work is pretty much done and ready. My doctors (and my husband) have demanded I reduce stress, so… deadlines are out the window. ¬†Another thing I’m going to do is take a break from writing 20sided books for a few months. I have other series I started, other ideas I’m dying to work on, and I want to make sure I’m writing books because I’m ready to write them and not just because people want them now now now.

Here are the non-20sided things I’m going to work on this year. I’m pretty excited about them and hope my readers will be also (and if you are on my mailing list, you might get to read some of this stuff for free, just saying…)

GPC N2 - Brood Mother

First up is Brood Mother, the 5th Gryphonpike Chronicles novella. ¬†I feel pretty confident saying it’ll be out in June¬†or July because it’s half done already. It’s another fairly stand-alone adventure with Killer and her group. If you like D&D-inspired epic fantasy, then give that series a shot. First novella is free.

The big project this year will be getting going again on the Pyrrh Considerable Crimes Division series. The first book, Avarice, has a beautiful new cover. My plan is to work on books 2 and 3 (they are outlined but not begun quite yet) and release once I have both done so I can make sure to release in a reasonable time frame. Each of those books will stand more or less on its own also, as they are mysteries at their core. Think Law&Order¬†but with sword fights. ¬†Below are the covers for the three books in the series I’m planning on working on this year (book 1 is, obviously, already done and out if you want to read it).

New Pyrrh covers together

So… there’s my plan for the next year or so. I also have book 2 of the Cymru that Was duology about 70%¬†finished, but I am not sure if I’ll get to it, so I’m making no promises on that one. I might finish it right after Brood Mother, though, since it would be good to finally finish that. That might not happen until 2017, however. ¬†I can’t answer how many 20sided books there will be right now, because I don’t know. What I do know is that the next few will be stand-alone stories without a huge over-arching plot. I definitely know the very end of Jade’s story, but there might be more stories I want to tell before that. ¬†I have at least two side character novels planned as well, plus I might spin off Alek’s sister and her crew into a whole different series (she’s so different from Jade, she’d let me write some really cool stuff that just wouldn’t fit with Jade’s story). I’m going to follow my muse on this and write until I don’t have ideas that I feel are worth sharing. When Jade is ready for the end, I’ll know, and wrap it up.

Thank you to all of you who have stuck with me through this crazy journey. The last couple years have been a lot of fun and I hope to keep the crazy roller-coaster flying along. The support and awesomeness of all my readers are what make this even possible. You peeps kick so much ass. Thank you.

Three Book Box Set!

People kept asking me for a box set for the Twenty-Sided Sorceress series, and so it is now a thing.  Justice Calling, Murder of Crows, and Pack of Lies are all collected in a single ebook now for easy binge reading.

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Get it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZEQMP8U

Barnes&Noble here.  Or Kobo here.

In other news, Justice Calling is free again and will be for the summer since the response was so awesome from my birthday free run with it. So tell all your friends, because the first hit is still free. *grin*

 

Orycon 35 Schedule

My one convention appearance this year will be at Orycon in lovely Portland, Oregon. Here’s the info: http://35.orycon.org/

I’ll be on six panels over the course of the three days. Here’s my schedule:

Publishing Your Ebook
Roosevelt            Fri Nov 8 2:00pm-3:00pm
You’ve just gotten back the rights to your backlist! Or you have a
manuscript you KNOW will find its audience. What next? Make it into an
ebook and get it out there making you some money. Where to publish, how to
publish, and how to get help.
MeiLin Miranda, Annie Bellet, Dave Smeds, (*)Kamila Z. Miller, Tod McCoy,
Peter A. Smalley

One Lump of Science, or Two?
Ross Island          Fri Nov 8 4:00pm-5:00pm
How much science does science fiction need? What’s more important, the
tech or the story?
Richard A. Lovett, Patrick Swenson, (*)Gordon Eklund, Annie Bellet, David
W. Goldman

Hybrid Vigor: Choosing Both Traditional and Self-Publishing
Hamilton             Sat Nov 9 1:00pm-2:00pm
Don’t believe the True Believers on both sides of this non-existent
divide: you can be both a traditional AND a self-published writer. Learn
how to let the project choose the path.
(*)Annie Bellet, Phoebe Kitanidis, Tod McCoy, Ken Lizzi, Jennifer
Brozek

The Real Middle Ages
Ross Island          Sat Nov 9 6:00pm-7:00pm
Why do writers love the Middle Ages?  What do writers leave out or get
wrong?
Annie Bellet, (*)Blake Hutchins, Renee Stern, Alma Alexander

Audiobooks
Madison              Sun Nov 10 11:00am-12:00pm
Selling the rights, ACX, hiring a narrator or–gulp–doing it
yourself!
David D. Levine, Annie Bellet, Mark Niemann-Ross, Phoebe Kitanidis

BBC Sherlock, Orphan Black, Etc.
Morrison             Sun Nov 10 12:00pm-1:00pm
Which new shows are the best?
(*)Dave Bara, Annie Bellet, Brian J. Hunt

 

(Yeah, that little * next to my name up there? They made me a moderator of one of the panels. Mwahahahaha…ahem. I’ll be good. Probably. Maybe. I’ll try at least ūüôā )

Until then, writing ALL the things. Also attending a week long workshop on writing Science Fiction. Because hopefully I never stop learning.

New Audiobooks!

Two new audiobooks are out, both of them in the Remy Pigeon series and narrated by the awesome Dan Boice.  Below are cover pictures for the audio versions. Click on the covers to see the books at Audible.com.

In other news, I’m hard at work on more Gryphonpike Chronicles novellas, with the next Pyrrh novel also in the works.

Forthcoming

As I said before, I’m super busy catching up on all the work that fell by the wayside this last six months.

But here’s a little preview of what to expect from me (and Doomed Muse Press):

First, the Pyrrh Series.¬† Avarice, the first novel, will be out in October with the next three books following in 2013.¬† The series is basically “Law & Order” with swordfights.¬† Who wouldn’t love that? And check out the awesome cover by Nathie.

 

Then, in November, the first book of the Lorian Archive Trilogy will be out.  You can read the first 3rd of the novel for free (see the sidebar under Casimir Hypogean) or the finished book will be available in November.  The rest of the series will come in 2013.  The series has lovely covers done by the awesome Tom Edwards:

What am I Doing?

I’ve been posting very sporadically, I know. And that will probably continue. I have too many things to write now that I’m feeling better and writing again.

I’m going to add a new feature to the blog though, probably as a new page in the side bar, which will list out what I have planned.¬† I’ll cross things off the list as I finish them (probably with a strike-through).¬† These are novels, stories, or novellas that I have outlines and/or cover art for already.

Right now the list looks like this:

Under Fountain (GPC #4)

Dead of Knight (GPC #5)

A Cold and Silent Dawn (GPC #6)

The Gryphonpike Companions (GPC #7)

A Debt of Sorcery (GPC #8)

Shelter from the Storm (GPC #9)

To Steal the Crown (GPC #10)

Casimir Hypogean (Lorian Archives #1)

Beyond Casimir (Lorian Archives #2)

Casimir Rising (Lorian Archives #3)

The Raven King (Chwedl Duology Book 2)

Avarice (Pyrrh Considerable Crimes Division #1)

Wrath (Pyrrh Considerable Crimes Division #2)

Hunger (Pyrrh Considerable Crimes Division #3)

Vainglory (Pyrrh Considerable Crimes Division #4)

Fresh Blood (The Hidden War #1)

Pure Blood (The Hidden War #2)

Ancient Blood (The Hidden War #3)

Heart’s Blood (The Hidden War #4)

The City is Still Hungry (Remy Pigeon #1)

Slow Beat Down (Remy Pigeon #2)

Unnamed Steampunk/Circus novella (have cover art)

12-17 Fantasy/SF stories (have cover art for awesome collection and 3 stories already for it)

That’s the “hopefully in the next year and a half or so” list of things to write.¬† See why I’m busy?¬† and that’s just under this pen name. I have other projects under three other names on my list here at home.

Meanwhile, I’ll be at Worldcon this weekend. I’m easy to spot, what with the blue/purple mohawk and all, so if you are there, come say hi or track me down after one of my panels.

Now, back to finishing things. ALL the things.

A Little Update and a Lot of Cover Pr0nz

I’ve been battling some health issues as well as a loss in my family which has led to some pretty serious writer’s block in that I just haven’t been writing much. Or doing much of anything.¬† I’m on the road to recovering, I think.¬† I’m writing again, which is the best part for me.¬† I don’t feel good when I’m not writing.

I am having to re-order my goals for this year due to things that have come up.¬† Right now, I’m planning to finish the first 20 Gryphonpike novellas (so the first 4 omnibus versions, essentially, more on those in a moment) and the first four books of the Pyrrh Considerable Crimes Division series.¬† I’m not sure when exactly each will be posted, part of my journey toward health is not putting too much pressure on myself.¬† But they’ll all be up by December, that much I can promise (barring further life rolls).

Meanwhile, here is the promised cover pr0n.

First set are for the omnibus versions of the Gryphonpike Chronicles.  Each will contain five novellas.  The art for all of them was licensed from Kerem Beyit and the text done by my friend Greg.

These next two are for the Pyrrh Considerable Crimes Division novels, books 1 and 2.  The artist is custom courtesy of Nathie via Deviantart.com and the text done by my friend Greg.

There. Cover pronz. Those will be coming out this year. Now… back to the writing I go. Many pages to go in order to fill these covers with awesome stories.

Cha-cha-changes

I’m working on compiling the data and figuring out how to make nice graphs and stuff for a year-end wrap-up post.¬† Meanwhile, I figured I’d post about the changes that will happen here on this blog for 2012.

First, I won’t be posting monthly ebook and writing stats.¬† The numbers I’ve been posting aren’t the final numbers anyway since Smashwords doesn’t report montly for places like Apple, Sony, etc.¬† I’m going to switch to posting the ebook sales stats on a quarterly basis so that I can post the real numbers and have 3 months of data available to talk about.

I won’t be posting the writing stats because 1) I get too much flak for my word counts and 2) I’m switching to project goals more than word count goals.¬† I’ll post when I have projects completed, though most of what I’m planning to write next year won’t be under this pen name.¬† I’m also going to try to put together some coherent thoughts about writing series.¬† But no word counts except in the “writing goals and progress bar” section, which I’ll update at the completion of each project.¬†¬† That section will also only have final wordcounts. No more counting words I write and then discard or delete.¬† I’ve fallen into some bad habits with second-guessing myself and throwing out whole unfinished manuscripts and it has to stop. I’m aiming for consistent, completed work next year.

The serialization of my cyberpunk thriller Casimir Hypogean will resume in January on Mondays. I am also resuming the Neo-pro Interview series on Thursdays.

So to sum up: no word counts here (maybe on twitter), quarterly sales updates, and both the novel serial and the interviews will resume in January.

In other news, I sent in my final Writers of the Future entry. Pro-ing out is bittersweet.¬† While I can hope for a Hollywood ending where I magically win my final quarter of eligibility, I’m betting on an Honorable Mention.¬† It would be a humorous end to my WotF stint.

Goals for the New Year (2012)

It’s that time of year again, I guess.¬† I’ll be doing a summary of this past year around the 30th or so, along with a look back at least year’s goals and how I did.

But as the year draws to a close, I am looking forward and planning what I want to do next year.  This last year has seen a lot of changes in my life, in my writing, and in how I am approaching my career.  My goals for next year reflect those changes, I think.

One of the shifts is going to be away from sending novels to publishers.¬† I’ve decided to not send anything this next year and instead focus on publishing my work myself.¬† My preliminary experiments with self-publishing this year have been pretty good (much better than the nothing I expected) and I want to see what happens when I make it a focus.¬† I’ll be continuing experimentation, of course, including putting up a few things in the new KDP Select program.¬† I also have some genre and length experiments planned.

Another shift is going to be toward longer work and away from short fiction.¬† This doesn’t mean I won’t write short stories, but many of the ones I have planned this year will go up as ebooks instead of out to markets.¬† I do have a challenge planned for May which is all short fiction.¬† I’ll get into that later.¬† While it is cool to be eligible for SFWA and nice to collect the checks that come with selling short stories, I don’t see them paying my rent.¬† My goal for the new year is to keep 10 stories on the market at all times, a big drop from my submitting high of nearly 40.¬† I figure 10 is enough to stay visible and keep up the habit of sending work out without requiring much time or upkeep on my part.

So here are the writing goals:

Novels:¬† Five crime novels (Books 2 and 3 of one series, Books 1-3 of another), one fantasy novel (Remy Pigeon book 1), and books 2 and 3 of the Lorian Archive (Casimir series).¬† I will also finish serializing the first Lorian novel (Casimir Hypogean).¬† I’ve got a cool surprise planned with those and the full series should be published by June.

Novellas: Four YA romances and seven adult contemporary romances.

Short stories: 50 total short stories written.¬† 31 of these will be during the month of May.¬† In May I turn 31, May has 31 days, so it is fate, really.¬† I’m going to write 31 in 31 for my 31st b-day.¬† Sounds fun!¬† These stories will be a mix of SF/F which I will submit to markets and romance/erotica which will go straight to ebook.

That’s it. Much of this will be under pen names, of course.¬† Officially, Annie Bellet is only writing maybe 25-30 short stories and 3 novels this year.¬† It’s fun running multiple careers, if a little crazy-making at times.¬† Thank god for spreadsheets!

The crime novels will run between 65k and 75k words each. The Remy novel will be about 80k words. The Lorian books will be between 80k and 90k.¬† With the novellas, I’m aiming for 25k to 30k words apiece.¬†¬† Short stories will count as long as they are over 2k words minimum and under 15k maximum (anything over 15k will get put up as an ebook novella).

Total predicted word count: 1,112,000 words.

Which looks terrifying.¬† It isn’t. Let me break it down.¬† I write about 1,000 to 1,200 words per 45 minute session (if you don’t know what I’m talking about with the sessions, see my post on productivity here).¬† My word count goal for 2012 works out to about 700 hours of work.¬† Not insignificant, but not terribly much, either.¬† For perspective, if I worked 40 hours a week, it would take 18 weeks or so to finish those 700 hours of work (yep, people with a full-time job work more than 700 hours every 5 months).

But I’m lazy. I love to read, play videogames, hang out with friends, and I tend to need time to myself to let writing stuff sort its self out.¬† I don’t want to work 40 hours a week. I don’t want to work everyday either.¬† So I made a plan which allows for over two months off. I’m planning to write 290 days out of the next 366 (woo, leap year!).¬†¬† I’m allowing myself plenty of days to be stressed out, for life shit to happen, for me to get sick or get stuck (though that rarely happens when I’m working on multiple projects).

So how hard will I have to work on those 290 days I do choose to show up to my job? I’ll need to average about 3900 words a day.¬† That’s 3 hours of work (4 “sessions” with my hourglass) most days, maybe a little more if I’m starting something new or going through a tough spot in¬† the murky middle of a novel.

There is my plan.¬† I debated taking a picture of my calendar (I print off calendar pages and do a color-coded goals thing for each month so I can visually see when stuff is due), but I don’t think I could get the whole thing into a frame. Probably for the best, too, since while I’m fairly sure I’ll finish the things I want to finish, I want the freedom to move projects around if I get stuck on something or if something cool happens.

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