Teaser Tuesday~~ I interupt this episode #novelsversusnovellas

Hi y’all this week has been crazy. I’ve been under the weather, stressed, having family issues and for those that don’t know I suffer from several chronic ailments, all decided to have a party at once, resulting in me having a pity party of my own. I’ll try not to whine though LOL.

Every January I take the month to clean my files, my desk, my work plans, make new schedules, clean my Facebook page and Goodreads and emails. Organizing and lists help me free up time and figure my path to start work. I usually do this in December, but this year I spent December on holiday and family issues.

I was discussing the first book on my plans to get back to work First Bite in my Love Bites trilogy with my beta. It has had a round of edits already, and I am running it through a final cleanup with Grammarly then sending it to her. I have sat on this book for quite a while as it has been a thorn in my side. It was birthed on an old story blog a few friends and myself shared. It was 8,000 words. Just a little short story with a chapter posted every week.  It was a mess.  But I decided it was a good enough base to make a real story out of it and used it that year in NaNo and made it a full-length story. I though it was pretty good. I sent t to an editor, promoted it for release, bought party slots all the good stuff. I ended up buying two covers, but that’s a long story. I will also have to buy another new cover since I want all three to be consistent and the graphic artist I used I can no longer find. I wish I could because he still owes me book twos cover and I really do like this cover.  Long story short I have so much money in book one alone I more than likely will never see a profit in this series.

I was telling her a bit about the book and book two when she suggested I put all three into one book cutting fluff and adding what I need to bring it together. I have never written a long book like that. My preferences in reading are like my writing  25 to 60 k or 150 to 275 pages. I can read that in a night or two.  She prefers the longer reading. I did a poll on my Facebook page, and it was pretty much 50-50  as well.

I am still up in the air, but seriously considering the combination. Another thing that one of my writer friends suggested was to keep it the trilogy but make it a box set. If I do a trilogy, I will do a box set down the road.

There are some real pros to combining this into one story. The biggest one financial. I will only have to buy one cover, one editing, one formatting. I will be marketing one book not three over the course of the year, so that will be less money as well. It will also be a new challenge for me, and I will have this series out of my hands so I can work on something else.

The cons are; not using the cover I have. ( Eventually,  I will replace it to match books two and three anyhow). Trying to think differently than I did in the series with the cliffies after each book except three.

It is a lot to consider, but I am leaning on the bigger book.

Do you like Trilogies with books one and two having cliffhangers? Do you like longer books?  What size book do you prefer to read or does it matter? I am open to any opinions.

Caging the Time-sucker

Image courtesy of Pixaby

I have this little creäture in y house. I know it’s here even though I can’t see it. Yes, I have an invisible Time-sucker on the loose. I make great plans but this little devil likes to add things or hide things making me hunt them.

I have dedicated this month to clean up the mess my Time-sucker made last year. I need to find him and cage him, but I bet he has siblings to go behind him and continue to stick shiny things in my face or on my Facebook wall, or in my email.

It is almost the end of January and I have made no headway so far in eliminating this mess or finding the nasty little creäture. I do have a list to work through. Some of it as it come such as Emails.  Through Insta-freebie I have a gazillion Newsletters. No disrespect to those authors but if I am not going to keep reading them or following them or possibly buying their book I don’t need to keep those emails coming. Lesson learned. Only take the Insta-freebies I am truly interested. Not just a freebie. I also have a habit of signing up for lots of free eBooks and recipes or crafts. I am cutting those back too.  Each day I do this when emails show up I decide to stay or go.

*Song pops in head*

 

I have a list for Goodreads as well. I have already cut back on the groups there. Most of them didn’t have any forums or anything current.  I still need to cut a few more. I also need to go through my book list and check my currently reading and to read pile. This is at the end of my list, though.

On Facebook, I need to work through Groups, pages, and friends. I have started on each. I cut my groups way back and still need to cut a few more.

These are my three major problem areas. I think linked in twitter and Google plus could use some going through too.  Maybe later in the year.

Another issue I have before making my schedule is a friend suggested combining the Bites Trilogy into one long book instead of three short ones. I haven’t decided but that will mean a revision on my schedule. Speaking of which I need to make one…February is fast approaching.

I do have my blogging sorted. I will be doing a Tuesday Teaser, a Blog hop post on Friday, A week In Review on Saturday and a cute animal or babies post on Monday.  I may add in personal post now and again like today.

Speaking of all this work, I better get back to it.

Do you make lists and schedules? Does the Time-sucker visit you too?

Any tips are appreciated!

A new Year, New goals

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already the 4th day of the New Year. It’s also my Birthday.  This year I decided to bake myself a cake. The jury is still out on whether it will be Carrot, Texas sheet cake or Boston cream cake. All my favorites LOL I am leaning on the Boston Cream cake also known as a Boston Cream Pie since it is what mom always made for me. It will depend on how I feel that one has several steps.

I didn’t make resolutions this year. I figured to try something different and make small monthly goals. This month is mainly gearing everything up and getting ready so I can begin.

I have worked on my craft room and should have it all organized and labeled by the end of the week.  If I do, I will share photos.

I hope to do a room a week to get the clutter out and organization set in. Some rooms may not take so long others may take longer. I will see how far I get with this in January and what needs to be moved to February. I am taking it small steps at a time.

I am also cleaning files on my computer. I got the photos halfway done yesterday and plan to finish today. Then I will work on other document files till I had it all clean and backed up.

On my job front, I am determined to get out one book. I hope for at least three, but the small goal is one and go from there.  I am finishing the edits on Love Bites, to get back to the editor. Then I hope to finish Baseball bats and Cowboy Hats and the Spinoff MMM that goes with it. I am going to try a 30-day thing like I did with NaNo. If I can write 50 k in 30 days surely, I can self-edit it and send to a Beta in that time as well.  If all goes accordingly, I hope to have something out by summer.  I have several books in nearly finished status in my files, so I will see what is next if I manage to stay focused and the beta and editor doesn’t find too much wrong with those three.

On my blogging, I am cutting back. For now. I have cut my guest posts/reviews out except for a few friends. I am still reviewing, and you can find my reviews at TTC Books and More.  She has both mine and her reviews and monthly giveaways.  I will have a Teaser Tuesday still and Serenity Sunday. I am thinking about a week in review where I tell you about what books I have read and listened to, but haven’t quite figured that post out yet.

I am also cutting down on my email time by adding it with my walking on the treadmill.  What I can’t get through during this period I delete. That’s newsletters, recipes, free ebooks, etc. So far I have done this every day since Saturday.

All of this will free up my afternoons so that I can keep up my house and do crafts. By summer I hope to have a few crafts done to sell and set up a website and Facebook page for that. DO you have any name suggestions? I am considering Cat’s Crafty Corner.

That’s my plans for January is mostly organization and planning for the next few months.

Did you make resolutions? Do you think small monthly goals is a good idea?

 

 

 

 

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