I'm calling it 2014 3/4.
As I posted last month, I've gotten rights back on a few books that were published, and a couple that were contracted but had been in limbo for months. One of the latter books was accepted by Loose Id at the end of August and will be released on November 18, and I'll share more about that next month.
Over the past few weeks, with help and guidance from a couple of awesome people I know, I've changed course in my career and made goals and plans to become a more effective author, both in terms of what I write--more heart! less have-to!--and in terms of the reward for writing, i.e. payment.
The goals take me from October 1 of this year to December 31, 2015. They include projects for a couple of publishers I would like to be published by but am not yet, as well as for the publishers I've chosen to continue working with. They also include self-publishing some of the books I've gotten my rights back on, some freebie short stories, and, under a top-secret completely unconnected name, some erotica shorts.
I have a lot of support for my new path. My husband and another important person in my life are fully behind me, to the point of encouraging me to set weekly goals and offering "payment" if I meet them. (Things like a backrub, or a dinner out, or a drive to a nearby destination that I haven't been to before.) Some of the authors I know are right behind me cheering me on. And even my kids tell me they're proud of me and can't wait to see where I end up next.
I can't wait either. It's going to be a fun journey from here to the end of 2015.