June has been a bit of a break month for me in terms of writing. I was busy prepping for Between Heroes and Villains‘s release on the 17th (get your copy here!) and then recovering from said prep–proofreading and formatting is exhausting! But totally worthwhile when you’re holding that finished product in your hand.
Look at that beautiful cover! That’s the proofcopy–I was so excited when it arrived. Like, jumping up and down excited.
What else happened this month? I completed the first draft for a story for another anthology–yes, that’s right! There’s a third JL Anthology in the works, with a new theme…more on that in the near future.
I plotted out an entire novel (with some help from my sister) for Camp NaNoWriMo in July. Not planning to complete the ENTIRE novel in one month, because I have other things going on, but I do want to get a good chunk written. Aiming for about 1,000 words a day. All I’ll say for now is that it involves a princess and a servant boy and quests…and possibly a dragon! The current outline has about 40 chapters in it, which means it might be a very long book, or it might be multiple books, or it might have some chapters combined for length reasons. We shall see–this is my first time trying to follow a clear outline, and I’m hoping things go smoothly. (Though with my characters, one never knows…)
Finally, Between Heroes and Villains marks the third book I’ve released. This is a major step down the road of my journey to become an author. Almost two years ago, I wrote a blog post ranking my author goals. Since then, I’ve definitely sold over 100 copies of my books, and with the release of the third book, it is time to accept my new rank and all its related responsibilities.
That’s right. In terms of becoming a career author, I am now a Lieutenant Junior Grade, and shall remain so until I fulfill one (or both) of the requirements for the next rank (Lieutenant).
In the future months, I’ll begin to delve more into the marketing side of things, as well as focusing on my next big project–releasing a series. Will it be a trilogy? Will it be a longer series of interconnected books? I have several large projects I could dive into, I just need to pick one.
Thank you all for your support so far in my journey. I’ll see you again soon, with a shiny July Month Map!
Before I wrap up this post, I have one question–how did your June goals go?