Looking Back, Looking Ahead

I was going to write a long post about all the things that happened this year, but I was having trouble finding a way to make it as interesting and touching as it *felt* to me, inside my head.  So here, in bullet form, are the high points of my 2013 writing life (in no particular order):

  • After a gap of several years, I published a new Jane Madison novel, Single Witch’s Survival Guide [Buy now!]  I continue to love, love, love Jane and David and the world of Magical Washington!
  • I saw the publication of Darkbeast Rebellion [Amazon | B & N | Indiebound], under my pen name, Morgan Keyes.
  • After several years of participating on the group blog, Magical Words, I sadly bid farewell to the site in its current incarnation.  I look forward to seeing how the site owners change MW, and I hope to participate in its future life!
  • I joined Book View Cafe, where I get to interact with amazing authors every day, as we work cooperatively to bring you the best ebooks possible!
  • I joined Twitter.  Finally.  (Please, please, please follow me.  It’s lonely in my corner of the Twitterverse!)
  • I reissued the As You Wish Series, with all new names and all new covers, better reflecting the feel of the series (Act One Wish One [Buy now!], Wishing in the Wings [Buy now!], and Wish Upon a Star [Buy now!]

And here’s what I’m looking forward to in 2014:

  • The Diamond Brides series (nine short romance novels, featuring the players on the Raleigh Rockets baseball team and the women who love them).
  • At least two writers retreats with some of my favorite writer-type folks, enabling me to meet my tight deadlines on the Diamond Brides.
  • At least three Super Sekrit Projects, which may or may not come to fruition, but which are fun for me to play with in the interim.
  • A massive Contest and Book Giveaway in January — watch this site for tons of free prizes!

So?  How about you?  What do you see when you look back on 2013?  When you look ahead to 2014?

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Elsewhere on the Web…

Yesterday was a day of errands, including a very illuminating trip to Barnes & Noble, to study a certain genre of books, including titles, cover design, and general marketing.  Hmm…  It’s been so long since I’ve browsed in a bookstore!

Today, I’m scattered all over the Internet (or, rather, my posts are…)

I’m at Magical Words, talking about my strategic plan for 2014, including updates to my 2013 plan.  You can read about my insane goals and strategies to achieve them here:  http://www.magicalwords.net/mindy-klasky/peering-into-2014/

I’m also at Book View Cafe, talking about how our publishing co-op works.  Today’s post, the first of three, reviews the history of BVC, including some of the crazy choices that got us to where we are today.  You can read that post here:  http://bookviewcafe.com/blog/2013/12/27/publishing-the-cooperative-way-part-1-of-3/

And while you’re over in BVC-land, don’t forget about our great Boxing Day, er, Week sale!  Half off the great majority of our books (including all of mine!), with no need for messy coupons.  Here’s a link to the sale page:  http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/category/bvc-sale/

As for me?  Well, I’m off to do some editing…  Not too many more productive days during the year!

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Then and Now – Writing Fast

I’m over at Magical Words today, talking about Writing Fast.  This is part of my Then and Now series — I talk about how I learned to write fast while I was working a demanding office job, and I talk about how I write fast now, when I have more control over my writing schedule.  Stop by, read what I have to say, and comment!

Magical Words:  Then and Now — Writing Fast

Magical Words is a website by writers for writers (and readers who want a behind-the-scenes peak at the process of writing.)  Regular posters include David B. Coe, John G. Hartness, Faith Hunter, and Misty Massey, with frequent guest posts from Lucienne Diver, Diana Pharaoh Francis, and Carrie Ryan.  The Magical Words crowd is friendly, so don’t hesitate to stop by!

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Magical Words — Then and Now (Books in a Year)

I’m over at Magical Words today, continuing the series I started a few weeks ago, about how the writing and book worlds have changed from THEN (1998, when I received an offer on my first novel) and NOW.  (My first post was about Breaking In and my second was about Bookstores.)  Today, I’m talking about frequency of publication — how many books publishers expect an author to write in a year.  Conversation is already getting spiky, so stop by and contribute your thoughts!

Stop by Magical Words and join in the conversation!

http://www.magicalwords.net/really-i-mean-it/then-and-now-quantity-of-books/

Magical Words is a website by writers for writers (and readers who want a behind-the-scenes peak at the process of writing.)  Regular posters include David B. Coe, John G. Hartness, Faith Hunter, and Misty Massey, with frequent guest posts from Lucienne Diver, Diana Pharaoh Francis, and Carrie Ryan.  The Magical Words crowd is friendly, so don’t hesitate to stop by!

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Then and Now — Bookstores

I’m over at Magical Words today, continuing the series I started last week, about how the writing and book worlds have changed from THEN (1998, when I received an offer on my first novel) and NOW.  (My first post was about Breaking In.)

Stop by Magical Words and join in the conversation!

http://www.magicalwords.net/mindy-klasky/then-and-now-bookstores/

Magical Words is a website by writers for writers (and readers who want a behind-the-scenes peak at the process of writing.)  Regular posters include David B. Coe, John G. Hartness, Faith Hunter, and Misty Massey, with frequent guest posts from Lucienne Diver, Diana Pharaoh Francis, and Carrie Ryan.  The Magical Words crowd is friendly, so don’t hesitate to stop by!

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Changing Hats

I’m over at Magical Words today, talking about changing hats — how I go from being an author to a homemaker (er, household manager), and back again, while also finding time for a fair amount of fun diversions.  Here’s the post — feel free to join in the discussion!

http://www.magicalwords.net/mindy-klasky/changing-hats-author-to-household-manager-and-back/

Magical Words is a website by writers for writers (and readers who want a behind-the-scenes peak at the process of writing.)  Regular posters include David B. Coe, John G. Hartness, Faith Hunter, and Misty Massey, with frequent guest posts from Lucienne Diver, Diana Pharaoh Francis, and Carrie Ryan.  The Magical Words crowd is friendly, so don’t hesitate to stop by!

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