A Crazy Writing Life, Taming Celeste & Contraband

Monday, January 27, 2014



I’ve been at writing long enough to know that I don’t get periods where I do nothing, except when I make them happen. But somehow, I keep thinking that closing one project means things will get nice and quiet.  That’s so not happening.

I’m proud and happy to have completed the biggest magazine job I’ve earned so far. It was challenging, but I got all the articles written on time. Also proofed the articles submitted by others. Getting the photos we needed proved a bit of a challenge, but believers know that ‘all good things work together for good…’  There are more jobs to come, but I think I’ll have a teeny-tiny break before those go into full swing.

Now, my fiction schedule for the first half of the year looks something like this:

  • Do another final edit of Taming Celeste, which is due out in March

  • Proof Taming Celeste on Kindle (I already did a print proof) See picture in this post. I only included it ‘cause people like to look at pictures. BTW – It’s the stand-alone sequel to Chasing Anya although it’s some years later and I had the cover done ages ago.

  • Format Taming Celeste before March steps in

  • Finish writing Absolution, which has been dogging me since 2012

  • Finish writing the third book in the Simms Siblings Series (started in 2010!)

  • Submit same to local writing competition. The medal looks nice on the book, but I don’t know if I’ll have the book finished by June to submit it.

  • Edit Dissolution, which I now have the rights for again

While all of the above is going on, I’ll be proofing some other stuff, writing more magazine articles, doing some additional studies, and trying to dovetail other activities so I can make a big move during the first quarter of this year.

Also, I have a request for anybody who loves to read and can help me out. I have nine (9) reviews on Contraband and need ten (10) to do anything promo-wise. Any good soul out there who wants some Caribbean style action-adventure-romance and would read the book in exchange for an Amazon review? Gotta warn you, there’s some violence involved, but I have a complex hero, who’s a good guy but does some not-so-good things. Any takers? Hit me up at jmwordsmith at gmail dot com and I’ll shoot you a Kindle copy or another format.
  
The life of a writer may be filled with craziness, but it’s our brand of craziness and we love it, right? What kind of stuff is going on in your writing life right now?

32 comments:

  1. You leave me in awe of your productivity and organization, Joy. Seriously, I could learn a thing or two from you.

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    1. Hey, Mike. I'm about to do something in a while that will make me lots more organized. :)

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    2. You will have a time once your readers be expecting a thing through a person. Let them have something useful or useful to assume about.http://www.essayplanet.org/writing-help You possibly can uncover elements of your projects to help them to have a 'taste' along with determine whether it is suitable to help them to keep.

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  2. At least you have it all mapped out. Get it done before April and all insanity breaks loose.

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    1. I'd forgotten the A-Z. Yup, I do need to get moving on some stuff.

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  3. That's a lot happening, but you understand it's a business. Plans must be laid.

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  4. You have a heavy schedule coming up. Have fun!

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  5. You are so ambitious and so smart about how you plan your writing and production. This is why you're also so successful and prolific. Well done.

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  6. Always, Joy, you are like the energizer bunny. Keep going and I can't wait to see what's next.

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  7. Carol, yup, but hopefully I can wrangle more time to get it all done.

    Julie, I have a vision and I'm longing to get there, so I'm making tracks in that direction. Thanks for your kind words.

    Hi, Peaches, I hope all is well with you. Finished your book. I need to post a review.

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  8. Crazy life. Tell me about it! I'm prepping for a print release, |<-->| this close to handing off this book to CP's, working on my first serial story, building a house, home schooling, and training a presidency to work with a children's group of 80 kids. I don't think I'm going to meet my reading goals this month...and I've got one book sitting in the cue to critique... I need 3 of me!

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  9. Enjoy the process Joy! Such a busy schedule of publishing!

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  10. You are so organised Joy!
    And I love your Caribbean style action-adventure-romance stories... :)

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  11. You are so busy. But I can absolutely relate. I just took on three new projects earlier this month otherwise I'd offer to read. I wish you so much success. You're such a talented and hard-working author and writer.

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  12. Hi, Crystal. You do have lots going on.

    Thanks, Denise and I'm doing a course too, so yeah, it's kinda hectic right now.

    Trying, Michelle. Right now I feel like I'm coasting as it pertains to writing, but I guess that's allowed after the humdinger of a job I just completed.

    No worries, Susan. God is good. I've now had several offers, just through asking here. Amazing how far our reach goes into the web without us knowing.

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  13. You are so incredibly prolific. Yes, I can help with a review if you have epub format. I'm not the greatest reviewer. They're usually short. :)

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    1. Thanks, Mary. Whatever works for you. The length isn't important. For me, just hearing what people think about the book and characters is the important thing. Will email. Thanks again.

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  14. It's all about doing what you love. That makes it 'good' busy :).

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  15. Looks like a lot work, but exciting! I'm ignorant about submitting your work to contests. What kind of contest are you looking to submit to that would get a medal on your book? Or if you tell the publisher you won an award, do you automatically get the medal? (I see one on "Don't Get Mad Get Even" in your sidebar.)

    The Warrior Muse

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    1. Shannon, that competition is a local creative writing competition hosted by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission. In the old days, before I was published, I submitted stories because I wanted impartial judges to decide whether my writing was up to scratch. It's a nice touch, I think, not that it sells books.

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  16. Wow! That's busy! Judging by your planned schedule, you need that quiet moment. If you still need someone to review, then please send me an epub copy.

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    1. Hi, Damaria, Yup, I do have some busy times ahead.
      I never turn down review offers, so I'll be in touch. Thanks.

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  17. That's awesome. I love your writing. I've read many of your works and hope to read the rest and the future ones.

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    1. Thanks, Medeia, you've given me a LOT of support over the years, and I thank you. Looking forward to your next book.

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