Wednesday, June 5, 2013

IWSG Wednesday: Apologies & Updates

Happy Insecure Writer's Support Group Wednesday. Thank you again to Alex J. Cavanaugh, the creator of the group. The first Wednesday of every month is dedicated to this group of supportive writers. If it's something you're not familiar with, then please click on Alex's link above for more information and to sign up!

I feel bad that I missed last month's post and had to make sure I did not repeat the folly so Alex doesn't kick me out of the group. Sorry, Alex! Where did May go? The last few weeks have just flown by and I leave for Kauai tomorrow for a week-long vacation. Maybe that had something to do with the month disappearing in a flash. I just bought Dan Brown's new book, Inferno, to read as I lie on the beach for the better part of a week. I hope I don't get too burned...haha.

It's only taken a little over a year, but all the ebook versions of my books, Provex City and SUSY Asylum, are now available: Kindle, Nook, iBookstore, Kobo, and Smashwords. I've been working on getting the 2nd Edition of Provex City out, and it is finally available! It has been a lot of work getting both of my books formatted for paperback (on Amazon) and multiple ebook readers, but in the end, I believe it was worth it. Now I can get back to writing and promoting again.

I've put a lot of thought into what I am going to write next, and I have decided to step away from the Lorne Family Vault series for a little while and write a brand new book. And this decision came after I'd already fully outlined the third book in the series--figures. I ultimately decided to start a brand new project because I'd like to submit again, to work on getting traditionally published while continuing to promote my self-published books. The new book will be written as a standalone, so once I start submitting, I can dive right back into the Lorne Family Vault and pick up where I left off. Hopefully, I'm making a good decision, but only time will tell.

My new book is codenamed Project Winter, and it's a YA contemporary/dystopian in a female POV. It will be quite a change for me. I have a complete outline, synopsis, and first chapter thus far. It feels really good to be writing again. But as usual, starting a new project brings on a whole lot of anxiety, especially with the pressure of future submissions looming overhead. I know how hard it is, but I think I'll be better prepared this time.

Are you ready for summer? Are you at the beginning, middle, or end of your primary project? Anyone going to the SCBWI Summer Conference in August? I am and can't wait! The conference is always a great motivator...and getaway. And as always, thank you for reading!


  1. A new project might be refreshing. And a week long vacation will definitely be refreshing!
    Don't worry - not kicking you out of the group!

  2. Have a good week away.


  3. The new project sounds like a great one, Michael. Good luck with it and have a wonderful vacation! :)

  4. Congratulations on getting two books put on and I hope the third one captures your imagination.

  5. Wow! You are well advanced on this new book. Congrats! And that week-long vacation... Can I carry your suitcases? Pretty please???

    Enjoy the break, fill your influx capacitor, and get an epic sunburn!

  6. Enjoy your holiday! I'm going to Spain in July, and I can't wait.
    Your new project will be a nice change of pace for you :)

  7. Wonderful, Michael! I'm also trying to decide which project to start next. Phew. And YES, I'll be in LA this year! Sooooo stoked! If you see a cheesy red head walking around, you must come say hi! :D

  8. I can't believe it's June. Wow. Have a wonderful holiday!

    I'm in the middle of my next book.

  9. It is hard to start new projects, but if we never start them, we'll never finish them.

  10. I'm sure Alex will forgive you, oh, and May? It's over. :D

    Wow, a whole new project! Fun stuff!

    Have a blast at the SCBWI summer con!!

  11. I almost stopped reading when I saw where you're going on Vacation.
    I like the sounds of your plan. I have self-pubbed and other books pubbed by small indie publishers. I like it.

  12. Project Winter sounds fun! Good luck with it :)

    Allison (Geek Banter)

  13. Hi Michael!
    I found you thanks to the IWSG list. Congrats on the hard won work you've accomplished with your self published books! And best of luck on your new project.

    Have a wonderful vacation and enjoy the Dan Brown. I need to pick that one up and give it a go! I've enjoyed several of his others.

    Nice to "meet" you!

  14. Your new project sounds interesting, good luck!

  15. Hi Michael! Oh, I am SO ready for summer. Can't wait to sit on the beach with a book and just veg out.

    Working on something new and different is just what the doctor ordered, sometimes you need a little break! Best of luck with the new project.

  16. Congrats on all the formatting success! That's gotta feel nice. Plus, a new idea! Sounds like a great premise. Can't wait to see what you come up with. Enjoy the vacation.

  17. Good luck with the new project! Hopefully you'll come back to the Lorne series refreshed and I'm sure this new book will be awesome too. Good luck with the female POV; I've tried it myself (though only 3rd person) and it was an interesting challenge!

    I've been off the radar too, but during that time I read and thoroughly enjoyed Provex City. Fantastic read, I'll be getting a review done soon!


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