Monday, 24 August 2015

Progress Report

If this were an actual business and not my hectic version of it, we would have quarterly reports. This one would be disappointing.

I set a schedule for the year, hoping to accomplish things. I do know they are not set in stone since I am the only person in my job who can do it, I don't have a clone just yet but I am hoping science is working on this. Family, pets, life, and all the other stuff has the potential to rain on my parade/schedule and this last two years there has been some serious rain.

But I can't feel bad about where I am. I have worked really hard, through the obstacles.

My progress for the year

In the last 8 months I have written and published or written and sold 6 novels, rewritten 5 whole novels and back edited 30. Let's be honest though, the back editing is done by my editor, I just fix the corrections she gives me. I can't take that credit.
I have sold books in deals and joined two anthologies, one is coming out in the fall this year. The book I am adding is a full length novel.
I have 5 other books written that are not published, I am picking them apart still, and have two books in the process of getting back edited.
I have re-covered a LOT of my old books, hoping to spruce them up a bit.
And I made it to 3 signings.

It has technically been a very successful 8 months.

My goal is still to finish the series I have open before the end of the year, and now that I am moving yet again it's going to get interesting. My husband is being transferred again, at least to a warmer place this time lol.

The books that will be done by the end of the year, no matter what—even if I have to sleep at my mom's desk while my houses get moved—

End of Days
Valiant
Betrayers
The End of Lies
The End of Love

Those 5 books are on the MUST PUBLISH list. Most are plotted and covered and blurbed and half written, if not all written but needing rewrites. So this is a goal I can and will attain.

Second Nature, a standalone book called Second Chances, and the Seventh Day books are coming too but if some of them have to be released next year because of the move I won't be upset. Moving takes a month. I'm lucky that I can stay with my mom and work at her house while the movers do the shitty stuff.

So fingers crossed this goes smoothly and I don't end up with any delays.

Hope you're all well and had a fabulous summer!!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

One broken ankle, another transfer, and partridge in a pear tree...

Very big news. Two things really.

Remember when I said the schedule was based on my life going smoothly?
That was me talking but that subtle chuckle in the background was God laughing.
I don't know why I ever plan anything.
Firstly, I'm an Aquarius and secondly, I am married to someone who gets moved a lot. Like military lot.
So the whole schedule has been blown-maybe lol. I am moving. I am moving some time in the next few months lol... when you ask? I don't know. Again, that's not up to me.
What do I know?

That's easy.

I'm going to work as hard as I can to finish the books I have going, finish the deals I have in the background, and get as caught up as I can so the move doesn't interfere too hard. That's what I know.

The release schedule has changed. I'm not rushing books so this is it. These are the months they are being worked on, hopefully to be released around there.

July
- The End of Tomorrow - July, 2015 - Released
Broke my ankle... yay
Found out we are moving again... double yay
Best week ever... not
Working on books for deals I cannot discuss yet but will as soon as I can

August
- Sin and Swoon releases August 11th, 2015 - book 2 to Blood and Bone - released
- Second Nature - Current project - releasing September 15th if not sooner

September
- End of Days - Current project
- Valiant - End of Series
- The Last Hour - Current project

October
- The End of Lies
- End of Love - End of series
- Third Time's a Charm

November
 - Four Crimson Corners
 - Hang Five - End of series
- Soul and Blade releases this month - Book 3 in Blood and Bone

December
- Earth's Final Hour - End of series


- Betrayers - End of devil's roses
All of my series will be completed.

The other big news is Tara Brown is retiring.
Don't be sad though, because my pen names will become my working identities. You aren't getting rid of me that easily.
Honestly though, what is in a name?

The release schedule for 2016 will be based on who you are looking for.

AE Watson has several releases in Young Adult, several genres.

The new trilogy called the Travellers Trilogy - YA Science Fiction
HERE
THERE
EVERYWHERE

The BORN spinoff The Liberty Trilogy -YA Science Fiction
And The Sky Fell
And The Stars Gave Way
And The Fire Burned

The new trilogy called The Shadow Lands Trilogy - YA Paranormal Romance
Dire
Book 2
Book 3

Young Adult Romance
White Girl Wedding
All The Days That End With Y
The Exception to the Summer Fling

Young Adult End of the World and Post Apoc
13
The reaping

Erin Leigh has several releases

Her Shoes - NA Mystery
Second Chances - Romance
Her Side - NA Romance
The Handbook - Romance
The Test Dummy - NA Romance
Book of Lies - Romantic Mystery
Lost in La La Land

TL Brown has one release

Last Light - NA Paranormal Romance

Dark romances are coming out, I just don't know what name to use for them yet. I will let you know. Mainly I know Linger, book 3 in The Lonely perspectives, will be in those releases. I know everyone is wanting that book.

Remember this:

If you liked, Born or White Girl Problems - AE Watson is your girl
If you Liked, My Side or The Long Way Home - Erin Leigh is your girl
If you liked, Cursed or In The Fading Light - TL Brown is your girl
If you liked, The Lonely or Blood and Bone - The Dark Romances are for you and I will let you know when I come up with a pen name.












Thursday, 2 July 2015

Traditional deals

Hey all!!

As some of you may now know, I have done some book deals, some wicked, friggen, awesome book deals. And now more are hovering in the mix. I cannot say anything about anything about them because things can always become nothing, but I can say they will mess with the schedule. I have been adjusting it to ensure that we are staying close to the schedule and at the same time my agent is getting what she needs from me.
So if you see a date shift or a book move months, it's entirely based on book deals. I am indie, for the most part, and able to keep prices of those indie books very low for all of you. But indie just doesn't cut the mustard. I need to be in all markets. And I do have a dream that one day, even though I am Canadian and my indie books don't qualify, I will be on the NYT list or selling my books at the airport.
So if you see the shift or the date change, please don't be angry. It isn't personal. It's just that there are things going on behind the curtain that I cannot share just yet. But when I am able to share news, you can bet I will be shouting it from the rooftops.

Thanks so much for the support and love and constant belief. I appreciate it in my weirdly socially awkward and hermit like way. I run around my house excited and never message you back for fear of having to actually speak to people. I kid. Sort of.


Thursday, 11 June 2015

WHAT BOOK ARE YOU LOOKING FOR???

We are titling this, 

WHAT BOOK ARE YOU LOOKING FOR

I just wanted to let you know I changed the release schedule a touch. When I started working on End of Tomorrow I took a quick peek at End of Me and cringed. It was in pretty bad shape. So Andrea and I have been at it and End of Games. Both will be shiny and new by the end of this weekend before the next book comes out. And thank God, we are almost done all of the back editing on old books.

The goal is to finish all of the series by December of this year.

My husband's work is transferring us yet again. I did get a year and half in this location so that was lucky lol. Needless to say moving to a whole new city yet again will change dates and releases. As of now the moving date is any time in the next 2 months - ish. I am hoping to finish a lot of books in that time.
I can't express how sorry I am for the changes in the schedule, those of you with husbands who drag you all over hell's half acre know what this is like. Obviously my kids are pumped... hahahahaha.

2015

-Blood and Bone - Montlake - done - Released
-Sin and Swoon - Montlake - done - Releases August 11, 2015
-Soul and Blade - Montlake - current project - Releases November 2015
- Vengeance - rereleased as YA - done - Released
- Vanquished - March 20, 2015 - Done - Released

April

- Blood and Bone - April 28, 2015 - rereleases with Mountlake as a traditional published book.
Worked on Soul and Blade and Sin and Swoon
Went to London, why don't I live there?

May

- Beauty's Beast - May 15, 2015 - a novella - Released
- If At First - May 31st - Released

June
- The End of Me with rewrites and edits - Released
- rewrite and editing of End of Games - Released


July
- The End of Tomorrow - July, 2015 - Released
Broke my ankle...yay
Found out we are moving again... double yay
Best week ever… NOT
Working on books for deals I cannot discuss yet but will as soon as I can

August
- Sin and Swoon releases this month August 11th, 2015 -released
- Second Nature - Current project - releasing in september
- The Last Hour - Current project - releasing in september
- End of Days - Current project - releasing in september

September
- The End of Lies - releasing in october
- End of Love - End of series - releasing in october
- Valiant - End of Series - releasing in october

October
- Third Time's a Charm - releasing in November
 - Four Crimson Corners - releasing in November

November
 - Hang Five - End of series - releasing in December
- Betrayers - End of devil's roses - releasing in December
- Soul and Blade releases this month - Book 3 in Blood and Bone

December
- Earth's Final Hour - End of series


The dates have been taken away as my schedule was truly the best laid plans of mice and men! lesson learned, never try to plan. God has other plans and you don't need to know them...

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Book signings

I am attending two signings this year, if you are wondering why so few, check the scary housekeeping post. The release dates are frightening.
But the two I am attending are 
The British Book Affair - http://www.thebookaffair.com in LONDON!!
andddddddd
drummmm rolllllll
The Carolina Book Fest - http://carolinabookfest2015.blogspot.ca
Other than that I am staying home and working. Except obviously apart from the date T-Swift and I have on August 1st for some summer fun.
I really hope you guys will be able to come to one or the other, depending on your location.

Scary housekeeping...

The Schedule

Of DOOOOOOOOOM


This is the schedule for the releases I have actually put onto the calendar. They are looking a little intense. My editor cried a bit.
The schedule looks insane but you have to remember I write like a savage and most of these books are close to being finished at this point. So it's the finishing touches and editing and that's about it. And these are the release dates for 2015 and 2016.
That's a lot of time between now and then, I just don't know if I will go back to preorder or not, but I want you to have a date for the book you are seeking.

These dates are entirely dependant upon everything in my life going smoothly. I am not so confident in my karmic outcomes as to boldly declare any of them firm. They are going to change a week here and there, but hopefully we can rock this year out and tie off those lose ends!

Please note, Sin and Swoon and Soul and Blade, book 2 and 3 of the Blood and Bone will be releasing this year with Montlake as traditional deals, they are the continuation of that first book.

2015

-Blood and Bone - Montlake - done - Released
-Sin and Swoon - Montlake - done - Releases August 11, 2015
-Soul and Blade - Montlake - current project - Releases November 2015
- Vengeance - rereleased as YA - done - Released
- Vanquished - March 20, 2015 - Done - Released

April

- Blood and Bone - April 28, 2015 - rereleases with Mountlake as a traditional published book.
Worked on Soul and Blade and Sin and Swoon
Went to London, why don't I live there?

May

- Beauty's Beast - May 15, 2015 - a novella - Released
- If At First - May 31st - Released

June
- The End of Me with rewrites and edits - Released
- rewrite and editing of End of Games - Released

July
- The End of Tomorrow - July, 2015 - Released
Broke my ankle...yay
Found out we are moving again... double yay
Best week ever...
Working on books for deals I cannot discuss yet but will as soon as I can

August
- Sin and Swoon releases this month August 11th, 2015 - book 2 to Blood and Bone - released
- Second Nature - Current project


September
- The Last Hour - Current project
- End of Days - Current project
- Valiant - End of Series

October
- The End of Lies
- End of Love - End of series

November
- Third Time's a Charm
 - Four Crimson Corners
 - Hang Five - End of series
- Soul and Blade releases this month - Book 3 in Blood and Bone

December
- Earth's Final Hour - End of series


- Betrayers - End of devil's roses

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Best laid plans of mice and men and authors

I do it every time.
I don't know why I haven't yet figured it out, maybe the decision will stick this time lol.
But the truth of the matter is I have to stop preorders.
I do them for two reasons, two honest and good reasons.
1. I like to ensure my cover is signed, sealed, and delivered. If it's published no one can steal it. I do hate that. It always costs me twice the amount in the end, sometimes triple.
2. I like to have a date for everyone who asks when will the book come out. I too hate my willy nilly way of publishing what I randomly feel like publishing.

I always go in with good intentions and perfect plans. But then it happens, my family has a situation that sucks all my time from me. Damned people needing my attention and shit…. Then something random happens, like I sign a book deal and have a million things to do for it. Then of course because I have WADD, I get sucked into a story that is not on the schedule. And not to mention I have finalized my plan to go to London to a signing there.

Let's face it. I suck.

I am pulling the preorders and just publishing the books when I get the chance to do them. My family is in a bit of transition and my career even more so. I am still going to be an indie writer but I have traditional publishing going on. Those dates have to take precedence. Plus I have got a lot of catching up to do. My poor agent has deals I have left on the back burner galore lol. I am officially the worst client ever.

So you will already have notifications in your emails and kindles, all my preorders have been pulled. Apart from Blood and Bone, that is not me publishing it though. That is Montlake, Amazon's romance house.

The list of tentative releases is such.

Vengeance the rewrite.
Vanquished, book two in Blood Trail Chronicles
If At First
The End of Tomorrow
The End of Days
The Last Hour

This is my list for the spring-summer.

However I am not giving specific, firm, solid dates. There are like 5 books haunting my dreams at night and demanding to be written.

And in the end all I can say is I am so sorry.
My goals is still 12 books for the year. My plans have not changed I just need to adjust to the dates and commitments I am signed in for. I still plan to work hard for you and put out the best quality books I can.

Thank you so much for the support and understanding as I adjust to being a hybrid author in changing times.

Love and hugs to you all!!!

Cheers