It’s 2017! Where did my word count go??
As you may have noticed, I haven’t had a book out since May. That is, shall we say, not how I planned things. The Noah book has been a really slow one to write, plus it’s turning out to be one of the long ones (I’m optimistically aiming for 120K now, about the same length as Guard Wolf; this is up from an original estimate of 60K).
During the times I’m stuck on Tiger, I’ve been working on side projects. The result is that I’m now hip-deep in half-finished novels and short stories in the Shifter Agents universe. If all goes well, 2017 should be a bonanza. It’s just a matter of finishing things.
Besides Noah’s book, the other projects I’m currently working on are:
- A spinoff series involving the Valeria from Dragon’s Luck (this one is really more urban fantasy and will probably be four books long).
- Another spinoff series that is going to be a series of stand-alone novellas about human men and shifter ladies – the first one involves a curvy shifter bartender and a guy who hunts rogue shifters for a living (sort of a shifter bounty hunter) who shows up in her town looking for a shifter criminal. The idea is that these will be shorter, fairly quick to write, and can come out in between the longer books.
- A short-ish casefile story set between Dragon’s Luck and Tiger, along the lines of Chasing Bigfoot.
- A side story tentatively titled Risk Factor, set during Tiger and involving some of the other agents, which is basically a subplot I couldn’t squeeze into the main book (I mean, it’s already going to be at least 120K words; it didn’t need to be 150K instead).
In addition to that, I’ve tentatively plotted the Shifter Agents series out until book 8 or 9. So, uh, lots more books coming! I just have to write them!
And on that front, here’s how all of those are currently looking, thanks to some handy little word-count status meters from Writertopia.
Shifter Agents #4 – Noah & Peri’s book
Valeria spin-off series – Book 1
Shifter lady/bounty hunter novella
Casefile story – post-Dragon’s Luck
“Risk Factor” (Tiger deleted subplot)
Final word counts are, of course, tentative. Whatever finishes first will be published first! Right now I expect it’s probably going to be the bartender/bounty hunter one followed by Tiger. The Valeria spinoff will definitely not be first, because Tiger sets up a couple of necessary plot things for it.
2 thoughts on “Progress report: Jan 2017”
Just finished Dragons Luck and ready for the next one! All three books have been fun to read.
Thank you so much! I’m really delighted you’re enjoying the series so far. I’m looking forward to getting the next book out!