The short answer is probably some sort of variation on procrastination and "stuff".
The long answer has something to do with the fact that I’ve always been the type of person who didn't like to force myself to do something creative that I didn’t want to do. To me that seems like a recipe for a crappy piece of writing, design or artwork.
After publishing I’m on Your Side last December, I had been knee deep in indie marketing books, blogs and podcasts for several months. Then waist deep in my own marketing, website set up, book and blog launch. I think its safe to say I burned myself out. I was left feeling like if I couldn’t do everything, I shouldn’t bother to do anything. On top of that, theres life, and I live it, and I let it get in the way.
Recently I decided I wanted to get back into this thing. I want to do it better, or maybe just better for me, this time. So I started clicking around on social media and other YA author websites and I was struck by something that had been a particular guilt-driver of mine. Blogs. I had no idea what to write, what I was meant to write, what people wanted to read. So I decided to look at the blogs of other indie authors and see what they were writing.
I can’t tell you how many of their blogs I read that started with the words “I’m back!”. Ha. Apparently we all fall victim to Life sometimes.
At any rate, I am back, and here to answer the question that I get asked most by my readers: Are you going to write a sequel?
The truth is, I wrote a sequel a long time ago. But I have never been happy with it and had toyed with the idea of just leaving I’m On Your Side as a stand alone. But that would have been me flaking out and being lazy because rewriting a book is hard. Almost as hard as writing one from scratch.
So again, this time no fooling around…are you going to write a sequel?
And the answer is…yes.
Yes I am. There. I’m committed. I’ve already started rewriting it and am going to try really hard to get it taken care of by the end of NaNoWriMo next month. It will be my first time participating and I’m hoping it will go well.
I had planned to release the sequel this December, but since I’ve procrastinated most of the year away, thats not going to happen. Also, in looking back at my sales this past year, I don’t think December is the best time for me to release a book anyway. So anyone that might be reading who is looking for a sequel, I’d keep my eyes peeled early in 2017. Just a thought.
But as it turns out, I've recently started getting my butt in gear (am I the only one who loves that line from the original Footloose?) and have made the first chapter to the as yet unnamed sequel to I'm On Your Side exclusively for my VIPs. Want to get in on that? It's super easy. Just subscribe to my list and you'll get all the perks that come with being one of my VIPs including first looks, sneak peeks and exclusive content thats not available to anyone else.
Until next time...