Last month I gave my 2012 year in review, so this month I’m looking ahead to 2013 and my writing resolutions.
Resolution #1: promote more!
Paid advertising didn’t do much for me in 2012, but social media did. So, this year I plan to focus on building my social media presence and doing more online marketing. I will even *gulp* bite the bullet and join Twitter. Watch for my stumbling tweets soon as I try to figure the site out!
I’ve also joined a new promo-co-op group with a handful of other bestselling authors, so I’m excited to see what kind of things we can achieve as we put our heads together this year. More on that as things develop…
Resolution #2: read more!
I realized that my reading has had a very narrow focus this last year. Meaning everything I’ve read has been in the same genre. This year I want to read more books and a more diverse group of them. I need some out of the box stories. Any suggestions?
Resolution #3: write more!
I have several projects planned for 2013, including…
Secret Bond (Jaime Bond Mysteries book #2)
In this book Jamie will be investigating a very personal case – one that involves the shooting of her father. She finds old skeletons buried deep in power people’s closets, which causes her to question just how well she knows those closest to her. She also navigates the muddy waters of her budding relationship with the hot assistant district attorney versus her feeling for her best friend that are starting to grow into a little more than just friendship.
Luck Be a Lady (Tahoe Tessie Mysteries book#1)
This is the first book in a brand new series that I’m super excited about! I’ve been wanting to write this one for a couple of years now and am finally getting the time to do so. I’ll be co-authoring it with the lovely and talented T. Sue Versteeg.
This book follows Tessie King, who unwilling inherits a South Lake Tahoe casino when her father passes away. She finds herself suddenly involved with a bumbling arm of the Vegas mob, a cheating scandal that could take her casino down for good, and a sexy FBI agent who just happens to have Tessie on his list of prime suspects for her father’s murder.
Wicked Games (a YA mystery)
Due to some contractual stuff, I can’t publicly talk much about this one yet. But I’m thrilled to get back into writing YA again!
Hollywood Hideout (a Hollywood Headlines short)
I’ve missed the Hollywood Headlines gang so much, so I’ve been dying to find the right vehicle to bring their tabloid world back. And I finally got it! This summer I, along with 9 other bestselling indie authors, will be doing a connected short story collection set on a fiction island off the Florida coast. So far it’s been really fun working with these other authors to build our fictional town, and I am looking forward to dropping my Hollywood characters there this summer for a little fun, sun, and murder in paradise.
And last but not least…
High Heels book #8
This one is as yet untitled, but it will follow Maddie and the gang into the world of professional baseball – something that Maddie is completely clueless about. Which should be a blast. She always has the best adventures when she had no idea what she’s doing. This one was inspired by my own home team, the SF Giants, and their awesome World Series win this year. (Go Giants!) I plan to do plenty of research at the ballpark this spring!
So those are my resolutions. Who else has some to share?