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Executing the Plan

by Carol Burnside

Last October, I blogged about making career plans for 2014.  In November, I got a head start on that plan by releasing a Free holiday short story romance, Home for Christmas. For this post, I had the perfect follow up: Debut the cover art for A Suitable Wife, my January release. Alas, it’s still getting final tweaks, though I’m going to keep checking my e-mail until this post goes live, just in case it comes through.

Outdoors, the Polar Vortex wreaks havoc with our lives and schedules. It’s either way too cold or hot, depending on your hemisphere (Right, Mary?) Here at home, I add another log to the fire and head back to my computer. I can’t control what’s out there, but I have a measure of control with my career. Even without a cover to present, I can tell you that I’ve been working to stay on schedule releasing the first three books in my Sweetwater Springs series.

A Suitable Wife has been edited, I’m finishing up the formatting. As soon as the art is ready, I can upload to various etailers. If you’re so inclined, you can read Sam and Rosie’s blurb on the Coming Soon page of my website.

My February release, Her Unexpected Family, is expected back from my editor today, and I’ll turn in the cover art questionnaire right away.

One little snag: I’m rethinking my whole premise for the third novel (His Small Town Princess) scheduled for release in March. I’m currently doing a lot of rewriting. I don’t recommend it and if I’d given this whole schedule a bit more thought, I would’ve built in more time between edits back from editor and the actual release. I can see a very tense few months ahead of me. If I absolutely have to, I can adjust the schedule. After all, I’m Indie publishing and I’m the boss. Still, I’d rather not do that. Any advice?

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Marilyn Baron - January 9, 2014 - 5:29 am

The blurbs are wonderful. Since you’re in control, maybe you can alleviate some stress and release the first book in the series in February, possibly around Valentine’s Day. If you don’t like that, then maybe a later January release for the start of the series to give yourself more time or if
You’re ready, then a longer lead time between books. Good luck.

Sia Huff - January 9, 2014 - 8:38 am

I agree with Marilyn. You’re the boss and you want your wonderful books to shine. I’m not sure about the art cover timeline. One thing is for certain, Carol, you’re on a learning curve. For your next projects, you’ll understand what it takes as far as what you’ll need to do when. If you need to take a step back for the pieces to come together, I think a Valentine’s Day release is excellent.
Take a deep breath, when your babies are out in the world, people will read and love them.

Sandra Elzie - January 9, 2014 - 10:47 am

Hi Carol,
Take the time to make it the best book possible. If that means sliding things forward a bit, then that’s what you need to do. As a pantser, I’ve been in your shoes of having a story written…or mostly written…and then deciding to change something or decide it needs something different to make it stronger & better. Go with what works for the best story…it’ll be best in the long run.

Carol Burnside - January 9, 2014 - 11:33 am

Thanks, ladies! I was stressing a bit. Looks like for everything to come together and send out my newsletter and everything, it’ll for sure be last week of the month for ASW.

Glad you liked the blurbs, Marilyn!

Connie Gillam - January 9, 2014 - 12:33 pm

The best laid plans…

I understand and can sympathize with you, Carol. My plan was to self pub one of my adult mysteries this past Decemeber. Well, a wrench got thrown into that plan. (I’ll tell you about it in a month or two). Now I have to revise my plans.

Pam Asberry - January 9, 2014 - 3:31 pm

I’m with the rest of the gang on this one. Take the time to get it right. It will be worth the wait!

Maxine - January 10, 2014 - 1:10 pm

I’m in there with the rest, Carol. You know what is best for you and I’m sure that will be the best for everything and everybody! Best of luck!

Carol Burnside - January 10, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Sorry about the wrench, Connie, but it’s nice to know I’ve got company who understands. :-)

Carol Burnside - January 10, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Pam and Maxine: Thanks for the advice and support, ladies. Have a great day!

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