Tuesday, December 25, 2012

BRoP Year In Review James Garcia Jr.

As 2012 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the joys and triumphs of the year. To that end, we bring you the 2012 Blog Ring of Power in Review! We’ve teamed up with this years’ BRoP interviewees to bring you eleven days worth of “year in review” guest posts and ten fabulous giveaway prizes! Each day a new guest post will be shared and you’ll have another opportunity to enter the giveaway—so get hopping! And be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!

Hello, Blog Ring of Power. James Garcia Jr. here. I thank you so much for having me back. I really appreciate the opportunity to potentially reach new readers for my writing. If you recall “meeting” me before, you may remember that I have a crossover vampire series out. By crossover, I mean that there are religious implications in the series beyond the usual. In mine, the question is raised could a vampire be used by God for His purposes.

The year started off slow for me. I had one book out and I was waiting for my small publisher to get back to me with edits for book 2. Unfortunately, that never happened, and I was informed during the summer that the publisher was ceasing operations. This left me with a decision to make: continue on as an indie, something that I really didn’t think I had time or the wherewithal to do; or find another publisher. I held a pity party for myself for about a day, and then quickly decided to proceed alone.

I took this as an opportunity to take another look at my first book, taking another pass at editing before uploading it on Amazon. I then found a professional editor for my second book. Now I have two books there. Thankfully, although we call ourselves Indies, we really do not have to be alone in the endeavor. So many others have stepped up to assist me as I find my way. I hope you have found this to be the case with your work as well. The writing community really is such a constant source of support and encouragement.

As “year in reviews” go, this one hasn’t been much in terms of sales. That’s true for many of us do to the sheer competition out there in the marketplace, but especially true for me since I spent the first half of the year waiting on others, followed by spending the second half of the year getting my independent feet beneath me. What the future holds is anyone’s guess. I will begin setting my sights on producing paperback versions of both of my books next. I’m doing this because my novels take place in my hometown and I am still working on tapping into that demographic.

Beyond that, while I was waiting on my publisher early this year, I wrote a first draft of 
something new. It is a stand-alone paranormal ghost story with a strong romance vibe to it. It is the closest thing to a paranormal romance as I have ever attempted, and I think it’ll do really well. Although I write horror, I really don’t watch it. Instead, I find myself most comfortable with romantic comedies. This new book should illustrate this about me by joining the scares with the need to love and be loved. I will begin working the second draft of this one during December and expect to see this published in early 2013.

Well, that’s what’s going on with me. How about you? What have you got up your collective sleeves? Anything that you are terribly excited about, like I am with my next WIP? We’d love to hear about it, so leave a comment.

As I like to say over at my blog: We’ll talk soon. 

Be sure to stop to check out each of the stops on the Year In Review – new chances to enter the giveaway each day!

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James Garcia Jr.
Author of the vampire novels, Dance on Fire and Dance on Fire: Flash Point.
Stalk me at my blog, Facebook and Twitter.


Terri Bruce said...

Sounds like 2012 was a big year - congrats! Here's hoping 2013 brings even better things!

Unknown said...

Thanks, Dean, Terri and the Blog Ring of Power for allowing me an opportunity to share once again. I really appreciate it.
Terri, I hope 2013 is a bigger year for all of us. Happy New Year! Cheers!


Anonymous said...

A VERY good year, my friend! A toast to 2013! Cheers!