**Attention…pretty please read…I still don’t have a release date for Beg Me. I’m doing this independently-releasing it through Kindle & Smashwords (which will also release it *hopefully* to Nook, iPad’s ebookstore, Sony, etc, etc). I will not be uploading it anywhere until it’s completely done and that won’t be until I’ve had time to go through it again. I’m working this in around other projects as well other things that are going on. If you want to make sure you keep up to date on what’s going on with it, you might either want to sign up for my newsletter or for my RSS feedburner deal which will email my daily blogs to your email. To get the blog emailed to you, just look at the box to the top left of the screen. The newsletter sign up is also on the left, just a little farther down.
I’ve had a few people ask why I’m doing this on my own. A couple of reasons.
- I’m curious. A few friends came singing the praises of doing stuff solo and I’ll admit. I’m skeptical. I’ve done solo stuff-Hunter’s Choice, for one, and honestly? Not making enough to pay my cell phone bill. Not even close. But Hunter’s Choice was a short story-I couldn’t set the price as low as I’d like, it’s probably not the best ‘experiment’ I could do. Beg Me will give me a better, more objective look at things.
- I needed something I was in complete control of. Whether this flops or flies-I was in complete control this time. Writing for a living, you very often have to deal with not having as much control as you’d like, and generally, you can work with things-generally, I prefer to have somebody riding along helping with things like covers, titles, etc. This does mean giving up some (often a lot) of control, but for a while during late summer? Well, there are times when a lot of us probably we feel like we have no control. I had too many of those moments hit me. And I decided, I wanted something that I controlled-completely. Whether it flies or flops.
- It’s this way or make you all wait close to a year for either this book or another Grimm. My schedule at Samhain got all out of whack for the coming year and I don’t want to throw things off any more with the Grimm, nor am I interested in putting this book’s release off for a year.
- It’s a learning experience. I’m always getting asked about things like this and other than the Hunter’s Choice thing and such, I don’t have much direct experience. This is getting me that. I will tell you–it’s not going to be my preferred method of writing for a living, especially not for books that are time-intensive. The idea for Beg Me hit me hard and fast, and ideas like that generally are easier, faster to write. Books that aren’t fast to write? That I have to invest months and months of time writing? I’m not taking such a gamble on those.
I’ve gotten the edits back and once I’m done with those, I’ll get the freelance editor to go through it again, and I plan on getting a second person to do it (ummm… I’ve already got a person selected). After that, then it’s time to format it. This could take me a few weeks, it could take me a few days, it could take more time, could take less. I just don’t know. I’m working this in around my other projects, which do have to come first. I’m also helping train a new nurse at my old day job which is taking up some time, too, as well as a new book proposal my agent just submitted.
I don’t plan on just putting it up either–I need a few weeks so I can work on a bit of promo-get it posted to my various group sites, newsletters, etc, and all of that requires some lead time.
I’d love to give people a firm date, but I just can’t. I’m thrilled so many people are excited about it, but trust me… you’ll be happier if it’s edited-some of the typos and stuff I make? They are insane.
Also, I’m probably not going to be around much to talk about this book (or any book) for a few days… a friend of ours died late last week and I’m attending a funeral today. I’ll probably need a few more days before I’m up to feeling social.