Writer's Workbook: Taking a Breather

June 9, 2016

Summer's here! After the L.A. Times Festival of Books and RT Booklovers Convention in Vegas this past April, the next two months will be my busiest time of year. Here's what's coming up...
1. The release of Cowboy Player, the third book in my Cowboy Cocktail series, on June 28.

2. A blog tour, guest posts, and lots of fun stuff for the launch

3. My first live reading at Lady Jane's Salon OC at The Ripped Bodice bookstore on July 10

4. Attending the RWA National Conference in San Diego from July 13 to July 16

5. Starting edits on Hollywood Honkytonk, the sequel to last year's Deep Down (Sam's kid brother Jack, all grown up...can't wait!)
To gear up for all this, I'm reaching out to bloggers and writing guest posts. I'm ordering swag for the conference. In February, one of my publishers, Samhain, made the announcement that it would soon be closing its doors after ten years of business, so I've been making plans for my Samhain titles and the remaining books in the series. (If you've been reading along, Caleb and Dean's stories have come out. Clark's will be out June 28th.  Daniel's, Lucky's, and Dale's stories have yet to be published.)

To be sure, I'm fascinated by the business aspect of this profession. I'm surrounded by savvy marketers, authors and mentors who give me great advice. But I do get overwhelmed. And I get a little disheartened when things don't turn out the way I'd hoped, like learning a publisher I loved and signed with will be closing very soon.

Certainly, there are times when I'd like to take a breather.

So let's take a moment, shall we?

Give a listen to Waylon Jennings singing "Stop the World and Let Me Off."

 (Lawd, I love me some Waylon Jennings.)

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Okay. Breather over. Back to work!

Enjoy the rest of your week, everyone. 

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