(I never finished the last one, but this one I’m determined to get all the way through!)
1. Introduce your WIP!
Well! I actually just finished the first draft of it. It’s a YA contemporary take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet titled . . . wait for it . . . Hamlette! I had a lot of fun writing it and it’s now in the hands of some beta readers. If you’re interested in beta reading it, you can apply to do so here. (Note that I’m on a tight deadline and also ask that my betas don’t discuss the manuscript on any social media until the book is published.)
Hamlette is about 16-year-old Hamlette Nerissa Dey (she goes by her middle name), whose father Bryce
is was an A-list actor. After his abrupt death, Nerissa is visited by her dad’s ghost, and she and her best friend Bea hatch a questionable plan for confronting the murderers.
The novel resides somewhere at the nexus of funny, absurd, and sweet. Nerissa discovers a lot about herself and her world as she muddles through what seems to be an untenable situation.
Fall is my favorite time of year. After months of heat, jeans and sweaters make me happy. I wouldn’t mind a little rain, either. Where we live it’s not quite cold yet, but the weather is trending in that direction. Fingers crossed!
We’re also now entering the final quarter of the year. A good time to look at those goals and see what needs the final push. Last July I posted these revised goals for the second half of the year:
- Finish and submit Hamlette to the interested agent
- Finish and submit Changers: The Great Divide to Evernight
- Finish and publish Faebourne
- Finish the new Sherlock Holmes story
Even then I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish all of this in six months. However, I’m happy to be able to say the first goal has been met. Well, the finishing part. I’m having some readers look it over before I send it to the agent. But that will be done in a couple weeks, so I’m counting this goal as completed.
Next, I’m turning my attention to some editing work I’ve been hired to do, and then I’ll get back to my other goals. These will likely loop into 2018, but I’m okay with that. I’ve accomplished a lot so far in 2017:
- finishing and publishing Brynnde
- compiling my Sherlock Holmes stories and releasing them on audiobook
- finishing Hamlette
- having a short story accepted to an upcoming anthology
I feel as though 2017 has thus far been a strong year for me and my work. (Knocking on wood now in hopes that these last months continue to be as good.) For sales it’s been my best year since the first year I began publishing (2012). So that’s something to be proud of!