Well, it’s not really goodbye. But I have finished the first draft!
Valkyrie Cursed won’t hit the shelves for another three months, but the sequel, Valkyrie Awakened, is ready for some serious self-editing. This is the very first time I have ever completed a sequel that I intend to publish, so this is a sizeable milestone.
The further into this project of creating a nine-book series, the more I encounter things I’ve never done before. Write a sequel, plan the next sequel, and somehow make sure all the details are consistent. For sure, I’m bound to make some mistakes, and I think that accepting that is the hardest part.
If I feel like these books aren’t perfect when they go out, or that there’s even the slightest little thing wrong with them, I get super anxious. It’s a consequence of being an Anxious Author, but accepting the way I am only makes these feelings marginally easier.
Doing anything for the first time can be nerve-wracking, but starting a career all by yourself – although I have had invaluable help from my mentor – is a real test of your self-confidence. Which is perhaps why I wanted to release Valkyrie Cursed so late in the year. I want to make sure I’m ready to stumble and make mistakes, and to have the time to cope with them before dealing with them and moving on. Giving yourself this kind of safety net is a method of self-care. Something that I’m glad society takes a great deal more seriously these days.
My intention is to release three books this year, and to release them all pretty quickly – at least, by my standards it’s quick. To make this happen, I need plenty of prep time, and having already written the first draft of book two has made me feel really on top of things. I couldn’t have dreamed this time last year that I could have written two books in the space of four months.
With the plans for book three nearly finished, and hopefully no longer than two months needed to write it, there might even be a third book completed by the time Valkyrie Cursed is released. With the release so far away, I’m taking a great deal of solace in getting ahead of the game.
Valkyrie Awakened does need some solid editing – I have a whole three beginning chapters to re-write, which I didn’t have to do for Valkyrie Cursed. However, if it means producing a better book, I’m all for it. I truly want this series to have the best books I’ve ever written, and with any luck, it will hone my writing skills further.
I’m going to ride this book-finishing high for a while to deal with all the new aspects of publishing that I haven’t encountered before. There are lots of them, and facing them all at once can be a little overwhelming. It doesn’t hurt to have an ego boost help us through them.
On a final note, I currently have ARC copies of Valkyrie Cursed available. This means you can read the book right now before release day! If you’d like an ARC copy of Valkyrie Cursed, here is the link to Booksprout where you can download your copy. I really hope you enjoy it!
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