Anyone who follows my blog knows this year has been one of introspection and evaluation for me. Lately, I find myself in the position of having to answer some tough questions and most of them have an impact on my writing, or at least my availability to write.
The simple fact is I can’t afford to spend as much time writing as I have the past four years. This is not me giving up. This is me adapting. I have walked a particular path for some time and it’s not getting me to my destination. The only correct assumption is I’m not on the right path.
I have devoted almost every free moment I have to crafting my romances. If I haven’t had a shift at my library job or commitments with family, I have been writing. I’ve given it my all. Although I’ve received some terrific reviews and even a couple of accolades, sadly sales are not where I need them to be in order to continue at this pace.
As I said, this does not mean I am putting a period on my writing career. I need to write. It is by far the most rewarding thing I have ever done as far as my work goes. However, I do need to provide for my family as well. Considering the many changes taking place in this industry, I need to think hard about what comes next. Publishers are closing. Self-publication is a factor. Pirating runs rampant. All these factors play a part in my next move, as they no doubt do for so many of us.
What does this mean for my fans? You will continue getting books from me but perhaps not as often. I will still take as long as I need in order to create the best stories I can. I will not short change you on this. If I bother to publish a book, you’d better believe it’ll be the best book I can manage. I will never “call it in.”
Will I finish my Gemini Island Shifters series? You bet. I will write Predator’s Salvation as soon as I can. I have almost finished book one of my new contemporary series as well and hope to find a home for it soon. That being said, I will be very careful which home I choose. This has to be a time of change for me. Every decision counts and I owe it to myself to make the best decisions possible.
You may not see me online as often as before. I will still endeavor to be as available to my readers as possible but, again, I may just need to be more careful with my time.
They say “a writer writes.” I know that is accurate. I will keep writing but will I be as prolific as before? That, I can’t answer. I have no clue what the future has in store. You might not see books from me as often as you have over the past few years, but you will see them. And when you do, you will know they came straight from my heart.
That’s all I’ve ever offered my readers. I will never offer anything less.