I Did an Interview and Other Announcements

Here are various and sundry news-ish items you might like to know about:

  • I was interviewed by author H. Shussman for her blog. Among other things, I discuss who my favorite (of my own) characters are, which authors inspired and shaped my own writing, and my advice about both traditional and self-publishing. Head here to check it out.
  • Yesterday I sat down and started plotting the next entry in the Restless Spirits series, which I’m tentatively calling Bound Spirits. I still need to flesh out the subplots and put everything into outline form before I begin the first draft, but I think the main plot is pretty well hammered out.
  • Lastly, this doesn’t really have anything to do with my books, but I want to offer congrats to my pal Erin Palette for making it to the 10th bloggiversary of Lurking Rhythmically, which has featured a couple of my short stories in recent years. Erin is a vastly talented writer in her own right. If you’ve never read her blog, head over there to see what you’ve been missing for the last decade.

And hey, don’t forget that Love Letter (a Restless Spirits novella) is now available for 99 cents wherever e-books are sold! Here’s the Amazon link, and here’s the Vinspire page with all of the links to buy.

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Restless Spirits publishing update, plus thinking ahead about Dominion of the Damned sequels

I just fired off the revised edition of Restless Spirits to my editor at Vinspire. So that’s off my to do list — on to revising and formatting Restless Spirits: Love Letter, and then back to drafting Ghost of a Chance.

Naturally, in order to revise Restless Spirits, I had to read through the entire book again. And do you know what I discovered, to my surprise and delight?

Guys, this a really good book.

It feels weird to say that about something I wrote, but it had been so many years since I read it last that I’d forgotten most of it. And I kept having to go back through about every chapter to re-check for errors or things to change because I was so engrossed in it, as if someone else had written it. It even made me cry. On several occasions. My husband must’ve thought I was nuts.

I was, however, astonished at the number of blatant errors I came across, despite many different sets of eyes having looked at it before it was originally published. Thanks to this experience, as soon as I get the time I’ll be going through the rest of my self-published books to see if I catch anything that got missed.

Other than fixing errors, I also tightened up a few spots and cleaned up the language to make it more family-friendly. I was really surprised by how much there was. I didn’t remember Ron being nearly that big of a potty-mouth. I’m glad my mom never read it. Most of it was just completely unnecessary and could simply be deleted without changing any meaning or emotional impact whatsoever. There were a few places with stronger cussin’ where I had to get creative to achieve the same impact, but I think the book is better for it. And now my mom can read it. 🙂

The new edition of Restless Spirits comes out on Halloween of this year!

 

Thinking ahead…

Here’s a little something to give Dominion of the Damned fans hope: I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and planning toward finally continuing this series. Unfortunately, I won’t really be able to get started on the second book until my contract with Vinspire is fulfilled, but in the meantime I’m hoping to kick things off by doing another revision pass on Book 1 and then doing some re-branding and re-packaging to breathe new life into it and generate more interest. This probably means I’ll be taking the current version down in the near future and then doing a re-launch later this year. I’ll also be issuing a new paperback edition, AND an audio version. And then hopefully I can get the second book written and ready to publish sometime next year.

So… stuff to look forward to! Yaaaaay!

So this happened, and now the RESTLESS SPIRITS series is going to happen.

So I can finally tell you what I’ve been working on this past six weeks or so: a little something entitled GHOST OF A CHANCE.

“…wait, what?” you might be asking. “Isn’t that the sequel to RESTLESS SPIRITS? Didn’t you say that after the Kickstarter campaign failed to reach funding that you weren’t going to be writing that?”

Yes, it is, and yes, I did say that.

“So why are you writing it now, Jean? And why were you being so dang secretive and coy about it?”

Well, my good reader, there is a good reason for that, on both counts. And that reason is this:

*ahem*

I’ve signed a multi-book publishing contract to do a RESTLESS SPIRITS series.

Let’s all just hold hands and jump up and down and go EEEEEEEEEEEE! for a bit (something I’ve been doing at regular intervals for the last two months ever since I got the offer).

All good? Okay, then. Now let me tell you a story. And fair warning to my secular-minded readers, this story has a lot of God-stuff in it, because it’s impossible to tell it accurately without it. If you don’t like it, just go back to EEEEE-ing some more.

This story actually begins some time last year, when I first decided to write a sequel. I began drafting it, and made a lot of progress on that draft, but it was going in a rather steamy romance novely direction that I wasn’t entirely comfortable with. So I set it aside, and thought a lot about whether I was telling the story I actually wanted to tell, and prayed a lot about the direction it should take.

Fast forward to this summer. I knew that doing a series based on RS was probably a sound business decision, but I still wasn’t sure about the book I had started. I was still praying and asking for direction as I tossed out that original draft and did a new outline. And with several other things to write on my TO DO list, I still wasn’t sure whether this series was the best thing for me to be focusing on.

So I got the idea to do a Kickstarter, to not just cover the production costs and buy me the time to write the book quickly, but also to gauge whether there was enough interest to justify it. And I told God that I was leaving the future of this series in His more-than-capable hands–that if the Kickstarter campaign didn’t have His blessing, I would accept that and move on.

Well, it didn’t. So I did, completely unaware of the fact that God had other plans. Better plans.

Fast forward to October. With the Kickstarter in the rear-view mirror, I had moved on to outlining and planning another go at RADIUM TOWN. I was getting myself all set to start drafting it during NaNoWriMo when I received an e-mail from one Dawn Carrington, the lead editor at Vinspire Publishing.

She had read RESTLESS SPIRITS, and she loved it. She loved it so much that she did some investigating and found that it was self-published and that I had recently scrapped plans to write and publish a series.

Would I still be interested in writing a series if her company published it?

So we had a phone call, and more e-mails, and then there was a contract, and some back-and-forth negotiations, and now I’m officially signed on with Vinspire Publishing to release new editions of both RESTLESS SPIRITS and RESTLESS SPIRITS: LOVE LETTER, and to write GHOST OF A CHANCE as well as a third, un-named sequel.

I don’t yet know the publishing schedule, beyond the fact that I’ve got until August of next year to get GHOST completed and turned in. Meanwhile, I’ve had to pull the indie editions of both RS and LOVE LETTER and eradicate all advertisements for them from this site. I’ve got a lot of paperwork ahead of me, and I’ve got to make some minor revisions to the first two books and put them in a format that conforms to the publisher’s guidelines.

I’ll be doing another post discussing in detail why I decided to go the traditional publishing route with these books. For now I just want to say how grateful I am, both to God and to Dawn Carrington and Vinspire, for opening this door, and how excited I am to see where it will take me. And if you’d like to hear more about how my faith played a roll in bringing this about, I’ll be writing about that in more detail over at Daydream Believer.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!