Monday, June 6, 2016

Holy Cow It's June, Free Stuff, and an Excerpt

I really don't know how it became June already.

Sure, I understand how time works, and I follow the days in my calendar/planner, but I still can't believe that it's June. We're almost halfway through 2016 already!

My publishing schedule has officially derailed, and I hate admitting that. I knew it would be hard, but I really didn't expect it to be as hard as it's been to meet my self-imposed deadlines.

I don't want to be a complainer; I've learned from experience that dwelling in negativity only breeds more negativity. When I complain, I focus on all the bad stuff, and I need to focus on on the good stuff instead, because that makes me happier sooner than if I had vented and fumed.

Every author has time constraints and issues that pop up that hold them up, obviously. Whether a full-time writer or part-time writer, we all have other stuff that gets in the way. For me, I work a full-time job, which can be very mentally draining, and also do some independent contracting on an irregular schedule. I'm a single cat mom to two very sociable cats who need a good bit of attention and love. And of course, I have to factor in time to see friends and family.

Some days, it's really hard to forget about the real world and jump into the fictional one in my head.

Writing is fun. For me, it's a necessary outlet. But that doesn't negate the fact that writing is also work. And sometimes, it's hard.

I wanted Breakout Play to release early this year. Obviously, it's June and the book isn't available yet. The best part about being a indie author is that I make up my own deadlines and can push them around—up or down the calendar—as needed.

Right now, I'm aiming for late July or early August. I feel like, at this point of progress on the book, that's a fair estimate to allow me to create the best possible story and still have time to have the book available for preorder. The closer I get to my target, then I will announce a for-sure release date.

I do feel quite bad that I'm so behind that I'm going to offer free copies to those who have signed up for my newsletter (so if you haven't signed up, do so now!)

And to try to tide you over until release day, here's an exclusive excerpt: the entire chapter one of Breakout Play.