My Publishing Schedule For The Rest Of 2017

My Publishing Schedule For The Rest Of 2017

Happy Tanabata everyone! Now that we’ve hit the mid-year mark, it’s safe to say that I know what I should be able to publish the rest of the year.

When I started out 2017, I had hoped to bring you 4 books this year. But now, I think there’s a strong possibility I will only be able to publish 3 books this year, with a new book in early January 2018.

The reasons for this change are time, novel length, and money.

Though I’m continuing to write and edit, there are only so many hours in a day, and I get burned out if I spend too much time working. I see tons of authors doing really well, working 12 hours a day or more, and I’m super impressed by them. That was me in 2014 and 2015. I worked really hard but saw very little growth of my business, which left me feeling very depressed in early 2016 and then I didn’t write for six months. I want to avoid that at all costs, so keeping a healthy schedule is really important to me. Since I do the majority of my own edits too, I always have to leave time to whip a manuscript into shape. I wish there were more hours in the day, but there aren’t! ๐Ÿ™‚

This is me, working late into the night, with a drink in hand.

Having the time is directly impacted by novel length. I write books on the longer side when compared to the current market. All of my books are 80,000 words or more, and most books I see being published now by my contemporaries are 60,000 words or less (not all but most). Writing longer books takes more time, and like I said above, there are only so many hours in a day. Since I have two established series with books that are longer, I can’t really make subsequent books in those series any shorter without feeling like I’m cheating readers from getting the full story. My goal is to start writing a new series next year that has shorter books in it (40k-50k in length), but right now those novels are just a dream. Hopefully I can get around to them!

And, of course, money. Without going into too many details, I haven’t made much this year. In fact, I haven’t made enough to cover most of my expenses. My husband, the CFO of this organization, is chipping in more money to cover ads and other expenses for my upcoming two books I plan to launch this year, and we’re going to hope that these books make back their investment. I can afford to publish three books a year and take a loss. Four books per year? Not as much.

So, that’s what’s going on with me and what you can expect the rest of the year โ€” the first two books in the Hikoboshi Series. I hope to write much more than that! And maybe next year’s schedule will have more books in it, but I’ll let you know in 2018. ๐Ÿ™‚

SUMMER HAIKUS Is Now Free To Read!

If you’ve always wanted to try out SUMMER HAIKUS and wasn’t sure if you wanted to spend the money on it, now’s your chance to read it for free right here on my website. The whole book (minus one sexy scene) is presented in easy-to-read four chapter installments right on the website. At the end of the book, I only ask for some of your feedback on what I can do differently to make SUMMER HAIKUS more appealing to a wider audience.

I have to admit that this is one of my stronger books. I was just re-reading it this weekend while I was putting together the pages on my website and I was impressed with my writing, all over again. This book came straight from my heart right to the page.

But it has floundered in sales, barely making less than $150 in two years. That doesn’t even cover what I paid for its editing. But I thought, maybe if I let people read it for free, they might love it and tell their friends. Maybe they’ll even buy it. I don’t know. It’s worth a shot.

If you’d like to read SUMMER HAIKUS for free, you can do so over in this special section of my site I set up. I hope you enjoy it.

THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP Is Now Available!

I’m pleased to announce that the third book in my Miso Cozy Mysteries series, THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP, is now available! I really enjoyed writing this book, even though the last third of the book was torture to get through. Lol. I remember that even I wasn’t sure who the killer was until I got to the end! So hopefully you won’t know who it is either. ๐Ÿ™‚ (I made sure to drop the right clues in revisions.)

Anyway, if you want to pick up this book, get it for only $2.99 (a dollar off) until March 12th.

Buy The Daydreamer Detective Opens A Tea Shop

Available on iBooks, Amazon, Kobo, Nook, and more!
(You’ll be able to choose your bookstore on the following page, if you have not chosen a default Books2Read store already.)

I’m now using Books2Read links for all book-linking on my website. It’s some cool technology that connects you to the store of your choice in the right country! Just the other week someone from Australia asked me if I could start using Australian links so this is my compromise.

Hope you all enjoy the book! Writing on the next book in the series starts next week!

Ozoni And Onsens: A Daydreamer Detective Novella

If you’re a member of my mailing list, you got a surprise this morning in your inbox! (If not, please check your spam!) I’ve been working on this little novella for the Miso Cozy series, and today it went out to just newsletter subscribers! OZONI AND ONSENS is a story that takes place after THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER. It’s not a mystery, even though surprising things happen in it, so sit back and enjoy the time, murder-free.

In OZONI AND ONSENS, Mei and Yasahiro try to spend a romantic New Year’s Eve and Day together, but the universe has other plans for them. As you can probably guess, things don’t work out so well! I loved writing this little adventure. It was nice to see Mei just be herself and discover that she has her own talents, even if she doesn’t think they’re spectacular. I hope you enjoy this little story too.

Not a member of my mailing list? You can sign up now and get this exclusive novella for free!

SECRET KEEPING SAKURA Now Available!

The emails went out about this title this morning so I get to announce it on the blog today! I have a new release! It’s the fifth and final short story in the Kami No Sekai series, SECRET KEEPING SAKURA. I wrote it this summer as I was getting back on the writing wagon, and it was the perfect story to get me back in the swing of things. About a year ago, I asked my Facebook audience, “If you could talk to any inanimate object, which would you choose?” And many chose to talk to trees. I think trees have a special place in our hearts as humans. We take shelter under them. We hear their leaves rustle in the wind. We admire them as they flower, grow green leaves, and turn those leaves brilliant colors in the fall. Plus there are so many different kinds of trees! Palm trees don’t change color in the fall and only grow in warm climates. Some trees grow fruits and others do not. Trees are almost as diverse as humans, when you think about it.

Anyway, so I knew I would choose a tree for the final story of the series, and what better tree than the favorite of pretty much all Japanese people, the cherry tree or sakura. I thought about all the things a tree would see in its lifetime, all the secrets it could keep, and I came up with my story pretty quickly. I wrote most of the story poolside this summer on my trusty Alphasmart 3000.

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I need to get back to writing on that. It really got rid of distractions.

So today, this bittersweet and hopeful short story is ready for you! BUT WAIT! I need to tell you a secret. If you sign-up for my newsletter, you can get the whole Kami No Sekai for free. Yep. I’m giving it away to my list. So you have two choices when it comes to getting this story. You can either buy it online for 99ยข or you can sign up for my newsletter and get it for free.

Sign up for my newsletter now!

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SUMMER HAIKUS Is On Sale For The Olympics!

The Summer Olympics start today! And SUMMER HAIKUS is a year old tomorrow, so I thought, “Hmmmm, maybe I should put it on sale for the heck of it.” So I did! I didn’t even buy any ads for it this time around. I just figured I’d tell you all about it, tell my newsletter folks, and then advertise it on Facebook. Why not? Besides, when I wrote SUMMER HAIKUS it was to tell Isa’s story, but to also capture the wonder, the heartbreak, and the dedication of the Olympic games. That and to explore a sweet romance between Isa and Masa.

When I look back on writing SUMMER HAIKUS, I can remember how much I obsessed over it, how it caught me and wrapped me up in its themes and emotions. I hope that when you read it, you will feel the same way. heart

Get SUMMER HAIKUS now for only 99ยข! ($3.00 off!)

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Sale ends August 22!

THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER is now available!

Yay!! Today is the release day for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER! This is my 9th full-length novel and the second book of the Miso Cozy Series. If you want to try out this series, you’re in luck! The first book, THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE, is free for a limited time. Head on over and download your copy today!

I really enjoyed writing this novel. It’s always exciting to write the first book of a series, but it’s even better writing the second one, when you’ve gotten to know your characters and can delve deeper into their lives. I enjoyed seeing how Mei would deal with adversity and where her relationship with Yasahiro would go. Not only that, but I also enjoyed weaving the details about this murder through the whole story! It’s been a great series to write so far and I’m looking forward to conquering the next book next month!

THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER is now available! Get it for a dollar off its regular retail price through July 15th.

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THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE Is Free For A Limited Time!

It’s not often I update twice a day on the blog, but tomorrow I plan to talk about my July goals and I have a newsletter going out in the morning, so this seemed as good a time as any! I’ve decided to make THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE free for a limited time only (probably through July 15th). This is very irregular for me, to make a new book like this free. But it’s a competitive market and this is a new book in a new series in a new genre for me. Plus, THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER is coming out soon (6 days!), and I wanted to get some exposure for the new release. I don’t plan to make it free again for a VERY long time, so get it today if you wanted to try it out!

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