2015 Year in Review, Dancing into 2016

Hi all!

So I know I’ve been kind of absent this month, and mostly that was just me being the usual speed-of-light blur that I’m known for. Post NaNoWriMo, I had a ton of work to make up for in daily life, so I ran through that and have just now come down from the big spin. But, now that Christmas is done (Happy Holidays!), my 33rd birthday is here (Happy Birthday to me!) and 2016 is on the horizon (Happy New Year!), I always like to take a minute and look at how much things have changed in a year.

Highlights of 2015

  • IMG_2318I signed a contract for my series! So, things may be a bit delayed from my original August release, but that’s because I switched publishing companies in the middle of the process. It was a difficult but necessary decision to make, and while it set things back a little, The Order of the Key is still going strong and will be on bookshelves and hopefully chilling in your e-reader in 2016. So, stick with me. 2016 is going to be a banner year! I am also over halfway through writing Book 2, so things for the Keys and Guardians series are going well and moving right along.
  • Speaking of which, if we’re going with firsts, this is the first time I’ve ever edited a manuscript for a publisher, and it has been insane. Bang your head into the wall, pull your hair out of your head, angst-ridden crazy, but we’re about halfway through the muck, and the product has been incredible. I’m in love with what we’ve done so far, and damn…my editor is right when she’s right, you know?
  • lastcover1My husband, Ismael, signed his book series! Fans of the blog know just how invested I am in my husband’s work (we work as a team, are each other’s first editors, and brainstorm out most of our work together). Obviously, he is more excited than I am, but I am still over the moon! Soulless, Book 1 of the Soul Broker series, is in final edits and due out early in 2016. Life just got very different for both of us, as I’m sure you know.

 

  • Logan is kicking butt at First Grade and has decided he wants to be a writer too. We’re not expecting anything, but he’s pretty angry he can’t publish a book now, because Mommy and Daddy are, so why not? One day, kid. Or maybe not. You decide.
  • Once we both got picked up for series with Fantasy Works Publishing, I also took a job with them, and I’ve been having a grand time with my newfound duties. I’ve been working in acquisitions, as a content editor, and I’m about to strike out in a new branch – I will be running the soon-to-open audiobook branch of the company. So keep an eye open for that. You can get an idea of all of the wonderful things FWP has to offer at http://www.fantasyworkspublishing.com
  • Lastcover I mentioned my content editing above, and I’d like to introduce you to the book I’ve been editing. If you like horror and dark fantasy, you will love following the twists and turns of Gage Greenwood’s first novel, In the Eyes, In the Shadows. We’ve been having a great time working on his novel, he is extremely talented, and a breeze to work with. I know you all will fall in love with his book just like I did, so follow him for news on its release. You’ll be seeing it in 2016 as well.

What’s New in 2016

  • Aside from all the release dates and pending projects? Well, I’m still writing Book 2 of the Keys and Guardians series, The Lost Key, and I’m also going to try to shop out my last remaining short story, One Headlight. It’s been a busy year, and I let that one fall by the wayside. Either way, with book signings and marketing on the horizon, I have a good feeling that 2016 will have a crazier and much longer list of highlights than this year.

Alright guys, that’s what’s up with me! How is everything with you? Post below so I can get a look at what everyone has been up to and what is to come!

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7 thoughts on “2015 Year in Review, Dancing into 2016

  1. Love your year! 🙂 So excited for all the many wonderful things that have happened with your writing and your husband’s writing and in your career in general.

    *snickers* I did read where a guy did the Kindle self-pub of his third grader’s story. They did it mostly for fun (and I have nothing whatsoever against the Amazon self-pub; it’s a fantastic route for many–I just think it’s funny that he did it for his kid), but that might be an option for Logan. 😉

    Aaaaaaaanyway, congratulations on all your success and a very happy 2016! 🙂

    *virtually sends you five golden rings for your birthday* (I’ll skip all the birds–aren’t I nice?) 😉

  2. Sounds to me like 2015 was a banner year, too! 🙂

    My year has been totally crazy, and the past couple of months more so than normal. I’m looking forward to February and a return to the regularly-scheduled crazy that I know how to handle, despite the fact that February brings tax season with it (and I’m in a new office and therefore unsure what exactly to expect).

    I’d tell 2016 to bring it on, but I’m afraid it would take me seriously, and I’m not sure I’m ready for that yet…unless, of course, 2016 has a sweet, sweet publishing contract up its sleeve for me, in which case – bring it on! 😀

    1. LOL – you’re right. I’m always looking forward to the next thing. 😉

      😀 Let’s hope it does have that up its sleeve for you! And yes, I know what you mean about looking forward with some trepidation. Bring it on 2016…unless it’s bad or scary…then maybe, be gentle with us. 🙂

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