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Monday, December 1, 2014

Writing Is A Juggling Act

I was hoping to have a grand cover reveal today, but alas that will not be happening. Many authors self-publish nowadays. There is a fulfilling sense of control when it comes to self-publishing. There are also about a thousand tasks to try and keep track of. Where does the artist stand on your cover? How long until the editor returns your copy edits? How to schedule advertising when you don't even have the cover yet? And--always--how to meet that magical deadline you envisioned when you first started this project.

This book is the first in a 3-book Romantic Suspense series dealing with a fictional company that handles risk assessment throughout the world. If you want to start a global business, what obstacles will each region present? Weather, political strife, economy, ebola...

Working on a three-book series is a juggling act of its own. Although they will all be stand-alone reads, the underlying ties are like balls in the air. You have to make sure one lands in each book. I use Microsoft OneNote. Honestly I used to use that at my old job to keep my head on straight. Now I find it invaluable for planning this series. Of course, now it's just as critical to back up the OneNote document as it is the novels themselves.

So I have no cover yet, but I can share the WIP blurb for SHADOW. :)

Nathan William Bethard.
Nothing would stop him from finding Nathan Bethard. Nothing.
Was it a vendetta? Hell yeah.
Was he insane? Probably.
No matter the obstacle, he would find the man.

And only God knew what would happen when he did.

The Shadow was watching her again. Sophie Diem could not see him. She could not prove that he was there--but she felt his eyes bore into her back. Sometimes he would approach. On those occasions she tried to run. Running was pointless, though. He would always return. And he would always ask the same question−over and over and over…

Where is Nathan Bethard?

Big hugs to you all! :)
Gladys (aka Maureen)


Anne Marie Becker said...

I love the premise for your series! Sounds fresh and fascinating.

As for the cover - bummer. Please show us when you get it! :)

Maureen A. Miller said...

Thanks Anne Marie. It's a busy enough time of year. Apparently I'm always seeking ways to challenge myself! :)

Marcelle Dubé said...

Cool premised, Maureen! And yes, show us the cover when you finally have it, please.

Maureen A. Miller said...

Thanks Marcelle. I've got some catching up to do with you! :)

Shirley Wells said...

You've got me hooked already, Miss Maureen. Great premise. Can't wait to see the cover!

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