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.
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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