Wow. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a blog post and I feel like it’s time to get back to this, don’t you?
A lot has happened in my world since I wrote something over here and considering my site has a shiny new look, I thought maybe we could make this a weekly thing? Maybe once a month? Just pencil me in. The website needed a refresh. I’ve pretty much had the same layout since I started publishing in 2013. I noticed I was starting to get hits on the site and realized how delapated it had really become, embarrassing almost. So I took a few hours and cleaned her up and I’m actually pretty happy with the results. What do you think?
So it’s 2019 already and we’re actually 25% through the year, which kinda shocks me. It seems like time is moving by so quickly and the next thing I know we’ll be in 2020. They say time flies when you’re having fun, I believe it. This year there’s a lot of stuff planned for Lyra Parish and Kennedy Fox. It’s going to take lots of scheduling and time blocking to make it all happen, but I’m ready for it. You all know how I love a good challenge.
I restarted my youtube channel last year and was updating pretty regularly. (CLICK HERE IF YOU HAD NO IDEA!) Last month I didn’t update because I was so busy trying to prep for work stuff, traveling to a signing (Holidays with the Belles), and then I went to NYC the next week to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway with some friends and the hubs. It was an amazing weekend and I’m so glad I took the time to travel for pleasure for a bit. That weekend is one I’ll never forget. Oh, I also was invited to take part in a YouTube show called Publishable. It’s an open conversation about self-publishing and traditional publishing between me, Meg Latorre, and Kaitlyn Johnson. We talk about the differences and similarities between the two publishing routes. If you search the #publishable on twitter, you’ll find more about it! This month the show will be hosted on my channel and I’m pretty excited about it! So yeah, all of that plus writing and trying to finish a book for Kennedy Fox. Not sure how I’m awake right now. lol. Typing that all out made me tired.
Oooh and the big news I’ve been wanting to share: I’m officially rebranding my backlist! It’s something I’ve been wanting to do since I went to the Romance Mastermind Conference held by Skye Warren. I’ve been talking about it since October 2018 and I decided at the beginning of 2019 I was going to start implementing my ideas, because time IS passing by so quickly. I plan to redo all of my covers, do rewrites on the Weakness Trilogy, and also give the Single Serial a complete makeover (retitle, recover, rewrite). I decided that I was going to share this journey with everyone over on my youtube to give people insight as to what I’m doing for my rebrand. As far as rewrites, after I’m done implrementing changes I see fit, I’m sending my books to a few professional beta readers and allowing them to mark up the document and going from there. I actually have three different ones in mind right now. After I use them, and if they’re a great resource, I’ll be more than willing to share all their information. Back in the day I had a handful of beta’s but since I’ve stopped publishing under LP, my beta’s have pretty much stopped reading. So instead of begging someone, who may or may not give me real feedback, I found a few people who offers this as a service! I’ve already started getting an idea of my re-publishing schedule and I’m thinking Single (New Title TBA Soon) will be ready for re-released with new additions by December 2019. I’m being realistic with my goals here. I could say summer, but I don’t want to rush anything with all the stuff I have going on with Kennedy Fox.
Many people have asked me several questions in messages after I made a post on Facebook about rebranding. Here are a few that I seem to get a lot so I thought I’d just make them a thing!
Why did you decided to do this? It’s simple, actually. At one point in my life, I was overjoyed and super proud of my books. They were my babies. It took countless hours, sleepless nights, and blood/sweat/tears to publish those books. I wanted the world to read them. As I’ve improved as an author, I’ve realize some things I wrote aren’t that great (to me). There are paragraphs and chapters I’d change to make the book stronger. And I deserve to be proud of my old work if new readers were to find them today, tomorrow, or a year from now. So this is absolutely neccessary to me.
How do you have time? I’m using my lunch breaks at work to do rewrites. Spending that thirty minutes per day is really adding up to big changes. It’s proof that if you’re determined to make time for something when you’re already crunched, that you’ll find it. I’m able to write around 1000 words in a thirty minute time period with my writing hack, so within a week I’ll have 5000 new words of rewrites if it calls for it. Considering I’m cutting full chapters and replacing them with new words, lol, it does call for it.
Are you going to start releasing under Lyra Parish again? The answer to that question is yes. I’ve been saying this for awhile, but I haven’t known when. I’m still not sure when exactly or in what capacity but it will be happening at some point in the near future, and I’m sure if you’re following me on social media you’ll see the announcements. I’m thinking it will be sometime in 2020. It could be 1 book, hell it could be 4. I just don’t have that information right now. And I will not announce anything until a book is finished. I’ve got too much going on to put that kind of stress on me. With that being said, I think updating my backlist is a good start and whatever happens after that happens. I have a few passion projects I started and never finished that I want to write. One involves a landlord. Another involves a photographer. And another involves a movie producer. lol. I’ve got these stories sitting on my google drive with dust covering them and they’re just not a part of KF brand, or I’m sure we would’ve written them. Some of these ideas have 15,000+ words written and I just abandoned them, but they were never forgotten. It’s no secret that eventually I want to write full-time. I want this to be my career and I don’t want to have to go to a place that takes up 8-10 hours of my day Monday – Friday. And when that happens, I want to be able to work on all my passion projects I’ve put on the backburner, and nothing is going to stop that. So I’m preparing for that right now. I’m not rushing to get this all taken care of though you know I’m not a patient person. I’m taking my time and I’m being extremely realistic, something I didn’t do when I first started writing.
My goal is to have every book in my backlist redone by Jan 1, 2020.
And in 2020, I’m thinking about releasing new books, but I’m taking everything one day at a time.
Five years ago, I had a dream of waking up and writing every day, and I didn’t meet my five year goal, and that’s okay. Because I’ve made a promise to myself that it will happen within the next five years. I’m more than determined to create the life I want, and doing this only puts me one step closer. And let me tell you, I’m so happy you’re here for it! <3
I know this post was long and if you’re still here reading, thank you! I’m going to try to keep you updated more than once a year going forward. I mean, my website is pretttttyyyy now so why not?