Friday, July 26, 2013

Waiting for the next project

Well, we've had some busy times lately. Kind of.

I blogged last week over at the Candlemark & Gleam website about the importance of being ready when you submit. We also unveiled the stellar cover for II Crimsonstreak by artist Brooke Stephenson. We're looking at a release date of October for the Crimsonstreak sequel.

That leaves me wondering what my next project should be. III Crimsonstreak is off to Super Beta Reader Mike. I just finished polishing The Franchise as I prepare to send it around (it still needs another beta read before I do that). I have a half-finished book with a terrific premise that needs about 40,000 more words before the first draft is complete.

I just don't know what to do next.

I do know that I'd like to get III Crimsonstreak ready to go by the end of the summer/early fall. However, until I hear back from my beta reader, I can't do a whole lot of work on it. I'll re-read it and make notes, but I need someone to give me the "outside view" of the novel and its inner workings. I think the last act is problematic and needs more setup in the earlier parts of the book.

So what should I work on?

I have a space adventure book about a former gladiator trapped on a planet that I really like. I wrote it a couple years ago, but it needs some major polish. It's not exactly pleasant to read through because some of the writing is rough, but I'm more adept at fixing it now. The title of that one, by the way, is Sheridan's Hammer. I really like the main character in that one. Hmmmm.

I haven't written any new words in about a week. I have to figure out something to work on. Quickly.