How much work is too much, obviously differs amongst different people and different circumstances.
Like many writers, I seem to have more ideas than time … and a disturbing ability to dither between multiple projects without managing to make a lot of progress on any of them!
At the moment, in addition to trying to market my two published books, I’m working on book three in the series, plus four completely new titles. It’s sometimes hard to focus on creative writing at the same time as managing the business aspects of being an independent author… So to help my focus, and hopefully my word count, I’ve created covers for inspiration!
I used the free create an e-book cover tool within an application called CANVA – it’s very easy to use. As I’m rather technically challenged… I have no hesitation in recommending the tool for everyone!
None of these will be the final covers. Nor the final titles. I’m not capable of producing professional looking covers but hopefully these are good enough to do the job I need them to do 😛
I’ve finished about 15,000 words of the Daughter of Ravenswood novella I’m working on. It’s set in the same world, and with the same characters as the two books I’ve already published, time-wise in between books 2 and 3. In this story, Meagan and Glynn find themselves in the old city of Brimbank face-to-face with a motley collection of undead. But they discover the undead may not be the real enemy here…
I’m enjoying the challenge of writing in a city rather than a country setting, and enjoying researching everything from ice addiction to solar powered trains.
Book 3 in the series is also partially written – but I need to have a really good think about the plot before I go any further.
The A-Z blogging challenge I completed in April provided a wealth of material, so much so, that I’m going to release a small e-book that incorporates all of the relevant blog posts. Hopefully with a touch of humour as well as some interesting material drawn forth from my research for my Daughter of Ravenswood series.
My historical suspense bubbles away at the back of my mind, my Pintrest board (check it out here) is full of images. I have photographs of more Victorian dresses than a middle-class lady would have worn in her entire life 😀
And my notebook is full of ideas:
- the travel to Australia by ship
- Australia, a brand-new country just after the gold rush of the 1850s
- the innovation and spirit of the early settlers of Australia
- the lure of spiritualism in those days
- the fear of insanity and getting locked up in an asylum
Also, I want to produce an anthology of ghostly short stories. I know it’s been done plenty of times before – but who doesn’t love a short ghost story! My vision is that I will write a couple of stories, but that I will also have contributions from a number of writer friends from around the world.
If you’re interested in contributing a ghost story, whether based on your own experience or totally made up, please let me know 🙂
Now I’ve got temporary covers and titles, I just need target dates and a schedule to keep me on track 😀
That’s more than enough to keep me busy for quite a while 😛