The holidays are here and I plan on taking the next two months off…
What will you be doing?
L.J DIVA’S PLANS FOR 2019
At the beginning of the year, as I’ve done for the last couple of years, I’ve detailed my “to do” list for the year. All the books to be written, edited, released etc. You can read the original post for 2018 here.
Green is for ‘done’, orange is for ‘in the process of happening’, and red is for ‘not bloody happening’.
(1) Under Tiara King I have these planned…
– 1.1 – Release the six book series, Poems Of A Musical Flavour, in paperback.
– 1.2 – The paperbacks have been mostly done and need tweaking, which will be done sometime in Feb or March. I had a time limit for March for the 6 pbs, but it might be pushed back to May.
– 1.3 – All will be released through Amazon and Ingram Sparks which I have joined as a publisher and they will be under my imprint.
– 1.4 – I will also release the omnibus e-book and make e-book #1 permafree in March.
– 1.5 – The omnibus pb will be released in September and I’m doing my own interior and having the cover done professionally. It will be 6×9 size and very thick.
UPDATE – ALL six plus the omnibus deluxe edition which is actually 7×10 are out in paperback and so are the two e-book box sets
– 2 – Update my two paperbacks, How To Be A Jewel Diva and Closet Confidential.
– 2.2 – I have decided to add style sheets to the pbs in 2018, which will also be given away for free as a download on my style website when people sign up to an email list once I get it done. I will re-release under my own imprint. Deadline is May, but I’m having trouble completing them due to MS Publisher claiming I have no disc space left when trying to add pages to the document. I do have space, and need to fix the problem so I can get it finished. If anyone knows how to fix the problem, let me know.
UPDATE – I’ve updated the interiors to both, made up the style files workbook for both books, will most likely be released in 2019. I just have to set up an email account for a newsletter.
– 3.1 – I still haven’t got #teenblogger to Ellen DeGeneres yet.
– 3.2 – It’s in the planning and I want to make it as professional as possible and tweak it in the next month or so. It’s important that I make it look good, and important that I try and get it out there even though it’s been two years since I released it.
UPDATE – #teenblogger was sent to Ellen on August 30th 2018
ACHIEVED AND BLOGGED!!!!!
– 4 – I want to get my jewellery back into its own website so we’ll see. Selling has been on hold for the last two years due to money, time and energy. I’m still looking for wordpress templates that would suit the type of website look I want, but with everything else going on, this won’t happen for some time.
UPDATE – not happening this year.
(2) Under T.K. Wrathbone I have these planned…
– 1.1 – Get three stories written up, typed up, edited and out along with an anthology. Thank God I’ve already done the e-covers.
– 1.2 – All four will be released in the second half of the year.
– 2.1 – Will get the paperback version of last year’s stories done professionally, and it will be out before this year’s new stories.
– 2.2 – I am also updating the first two Bones pbs and will release them under my imprint during the year.
UPDATE – ALL three bones paperbacks were re-released under my own imprint.
I’ve written, typed up and released this year’s stories across Nov/Dec.
(3) Under L.J. Diva I have these planned…
– 1.1 – Put the next book, Love Never Dies through two more rounds of editing (one was done on the Australia Day long weekend on the 26/27th of Jan).
– 1.2 – Get the cover finished, and release it in March.
– 1.3 – Then comes the paperback interior and cover for release in September.
– 2.1 – I typed up the last couple of hundred pages of Stefan: The New Generation in January.
– 2.2 – I need to put it through 3-4 rounds of editing.
– 2.3 – Then send it off to my editor across three months because it’s so long it will cost a fortune.
– 2.4 – Then two more rounds of editing and get the cover done.
– 2.5 – Release it in September as an e-book.
– 2.6 – Then comes the paperback interior and cover.
– 3 – Release all four Porn Star Brothers novellas in paperback, along with the deluxe collector’s edition novel, and the novel Forever all in paperback. March is the deadline, but it could be April or May as I need proofs first.
– 4.1 – I want to type up next year’s novella which isn’t due for release until March 2019 so it gives me time to edit and add to it.
– 4.2 – I also want to try and get the last book in the series written up. That isn’t due until Sep 2019, but I like to be ahead of myself due to outlay costs so I know ahead of time where I can fit it all in.
– 5 – I’d like to try and get some of the short stories for the series written up. I can do the e-book covers myself and I’ve bought the pictures for them, so I will save money doing that. It will just be editing I’ll have to pay for. But who knows, they won’t be due until after the last novel, but I will release them weekly, so they will need to be all done.
– 6.1 – I also want to update my four standalone novels. I updated the interiors last year, changed them to a 6×9 format, and will have the covers re-done for them.
– 6.2 – Then re-release under my imprint in September, December by the latest. They are still available at Amazon in paperback, but, with the new format in 6×9, and with recent changes in CreateSpace, it means the prices can be lowered, so…
– 6.3 – I also have to re-evaluate my pricing strategy.
UPDATE – ALL four Porn Star Brothers novellas and three novels were released in paperback in September through CreateSpace (now KDP Print) and Ingram Sparks so they can be ordered via bookstores
Stefan was released as an e-book and the interior and cover is in the process of happening. I also typed up and edited the next year’s release.
I am yet to write up the final book, but will get to it over December. I’ve already set myself a 20 day period to write at least 10 pages a day, which would make 200 pages of a book. Not sure whether it will be that long, but I do also hope to get at least five short stories done for “future” PSB story lines. Written’s one thing, at least the story’s done. Getting it typed up will be next, followed by editing, then releasing.
ALL four novels are still undergoing cover changes and will be re-released under my imprint by the end of the year or early in 2019.
That will mean all but three of my books will be moved to my own imprint. The last three can stay under Amazon’s imprint until I remove them or update them. Dream It, Write It, Publish It! has a deadline for updating of 2020. Which means, in 2019 I will need to massively update it for a mid-year re-release, hopefully.
I also copyrighted all of my books with the US copyright agency.
As you can see, there’s a hell of a lot of green and still some orange going on, and thankfully, everything will slow down come next year. There will be three to four paperbacks to release as books come out under L.J. Diva and T.K. Wrathbone. Tiara King is doing nothing at this stage although there’s a couple of book series I want to do, but until the Porn Star Brothers series is out of my head in full, only then can I really get into anything else and that won’t be until 2020-2021. Yikes! And T.K. Wrathbone releases every year, so they need to be done as well.
I also want to get the prequel and sequel to The Road To Vegas done, plus I’m considering two sequels to Hollywood Dreams (formerly How I Won Lotto), purely because I want to use the pictures I bought. So, we’ll see what happens. I have until I’m 50 and that’s 5.5 years away.
Two weeks ago I teased about my publishing house, and now, here she is.
About two years ago, I toiled with the idea of setting up my own publishing house.
It was 2016, I was writing under three names, about to release a plethora of books, and thought about a name to publish them all under.
So, in 2017, I bought a business name, set up a website, and then decided to change the name and the website. Check it out here.
I went from Royal Crown Press to Royal Star Publishing. You can see the website here.
It’s a basic website with a header, front page, and some social media apps. It has pages for series, kids, adult and non fiction.
It is updated every six months with the release of a new book, and generally sits there and is for show.
Now, every time I publish a book, I can use the name on the sales site so it looks more professional. Because that’s the whole point as an independent author/publisher. Having something that looks professional on your sale page and not the names Amazon or CreateSpace.
So Royal Star Publishing was born, and is growing.
I’ve surpassed 50 stories, non fiction, novellas and novels and there’s more to come. So, why not have my own publishing house? We currently have five in house imprints.
Chances is the fiction imprint for sexy and adult novels for women. Covering romance, it’s for more in depth genres, such as drama and lgbt, and features more sex, and mature adult themes.
Chances was named in honour of Jackie Collins’ book Chances. It suits this imprint perfectly as it’s about women and men taking chances on life and love.
Love Beats is the fiction imprint for light and lovely romance novels. Whether they be sweet, comedic, fun or lightweight, these romances will make you laugh before they make you cry. With more love than sex, these will get you through a wintry day in front of the fire, or a lazy day on the beach. (Will be for light romances)
Skull & Bone is the fiction imprint for children, tweens & young adults. Covering horror, paranormal, occult, fantasy, myths, folklore and all other genres with a slightly twisted edge. (All of the T.K. Wrathbone stuff so far)
Dream Star is the fiction imprint for children, tweens & young adults. Covering light and bright themes across all genres, it brings a little fun into their lives. (#teenblogger)
Notes on Life is our imprint that covers poetry and song lyrics. (Poems Of A Musical Flavour)
So, that’s Royal Star Publishing. We are not open for submissions, purely a name only business for myself at this stage. But who knows, maybe when I’m rich and famous and can afford to turn it into a company and publish other people…it might happen.
On the path through any journey, you need to keep educating yourself about your craft, reading, listening, watching, learning from all others that went before and all that have come after you.
It’s a great way to learn of all the new things that are coming our way.
As authors, we need to be across the board and on the ball because the publishing field is changing so much and so fast, that sometimes, we can’t keep up.
But one way of doing so, is to look at all of the writing/publishing groups you come across. Figure out if you can learn from them, if they are supportive of each other and not egotistically narcissistic in dictating how the publishing business is, and how authors should be.
Find a group that loves to learn and help each other out instead of pull each other down. And believe me, there are quite a few of those, apparently.
But the two I belong to, aren’t.
Alliance of Independent Authors I joined last year. Known as Alli, it was started by Orna Ross for authors like herself and grew from that. Alli has partnerships with companies such as Ingram Sparks where we self-publishing authors get a great deal on publishing our books with them.
There are book designers and editors who will do Alli members a deal, and John Doppler wades through all of the information on publishing houses and whether or not you need to beware and stay away.
For an author who’s already published, it’s a yearly cost of $129AUD. Varying levels of membership have varying costs, it all depends on where you are in your writing journey. Also, as a member, you get free books to publishing written by Alli members themselves, and you get to join the Facebook page.
The next group is Self Publishing Formula by Mark Dawson.
A former lawyer and trad pubbed author, when he was dumped by his pub house, as so many authors are, he started self-publishing and slowly built up Self Publishing Formula. You can join the Facebook group, buy the courses, watch or listen to the podcasts, and learn so much it’s ridiculous.
I really wish all of these things had been around 12 years ago when I wrote my first book. Back then, I only had my local writing centre and Romance Authors of Australia. I left both behind years ago.
If you’re a writer or author and are looking for your tribe, these are two groups you need to check out and join.