For the first three years of my publishing life, I was absolutely militant about my deadlines and writing schedule. I published on the last day of the month, every month, for years. This kind of pace and output was unheard of at the time, although I see some authors have taken on the challenge of doing the same or even more (crazy bastards that they are.)
Then tragedy struck the Casey household (not just once, but twice) and threw all my best laid plans to waste. I missed some deadlines and extended several others and then missed a few of those too. I learned something about myself during this period that I probably should have already known: I work best under pressure. This means that moving deadlines = not enough pressure = books don't get finished.
It certainly didn't help that I went from being an indie author to also being a traditionally published author with contractual obligations that could not be ignored regardless of the craziness I was dealing with in my private life. I don't do breach of contract, so focusing on my projects for my publisher necessitated pushing my indie projects temporarily to the side, I'm sad to say. This disappointed a lot of readers (understandably), and increased my anxiety levels to the max. I don't like letting my faithful readers down–it literally makes me sick, which then makes it harder to work (aka a vicious circle).
I am the world's WORST procrastinator. Tell me I have a week to do a task, it'll take me a week. Tell me I can get it done ‘whenever', and it just won't get done at all. I'm 47 now, and I've been this way my life, so chances of me changing–despite the fact that it makes me crazy to be this silly–are slim. With maturity comes insight and wisdom (hopefully) so I'm going to do what I can to be as productive as possible within the limitations presented by Elle Casey–this crazy, driven, determined, procrastinating woman who must write books for a living or she'll go nuttier than she already is.
Saturday night is date night with my husband, rain or shine. It's a couple hours in the week where we can focus together, chat about our dreams and plans for the future. Last week we mapped out my publishing schedule for the rest of this year and part of next. My plan is to stick to this schedule more rigidly than I did last year, but I'm also not going to be so militant that I neglect my family or myself. Three cheers for finding balance! Hopefully tragedy will not visit my household this year and interrupt my programming.
If you want to see what I'm going to be up to writing-wise, please see my publishing schedule, which is presented below, but always updated HERE.
Bourbon Street Boys, Book 3. Get your copy here.
Edits on Bourbon Street Boys 4, Reading War of the Fae in preparation for writing the last books in the series (#9, and #10)
War of the Fae 9
War of the Fae 10
Montlake adult contemporary romance, Book 1 delivery (release date 4-6 months after)
Montlake adult contemporary romance, Book 2 delivery (release date 4-6 months after)
Edits on Montlake Book 1
Montlake adult contemporary romance, Book 3 delivery (release date 4-6 months after)
Edits on Montlake Book 2
Bourbon Street Boys 4
Edits on Montlake Book 3
Read Drifters’ Alliance series in preparation for writing Books 4, 5, 6 in the series
Drifters’ Alliance 4
Drifters’ Alliance 5
Drifters’ Alliance 6
Pilot TV episode for Drifters’ Alliance