Answers to your questions...
Everfree is set for a May 18th release, but for individual bookstores, let's call that "May 18th plus or minus a few days," as there's always some variance between shipping schedules. From past experience, I know I can expect a few early "It's here" sightings, along with a few late "No, it still hasn't shown up yet" non-sightings. The former's more fun than the latter. Together, they contribute to a feeling of the process being completely out of my control, which of course it is. Good news for UK fans: UK publication should be nearly simultaneous with the US, and if I remember correctly, the UK edition of Edenborn actually hit bookstores first. Perhaps the same will happen this time around.
Much to be done between now and then. The production teams will do their magic. Galleys show up next month. I still have the Acknowledgments page to write. I'll post the play-by-play as these things happen.
My New Year was great, thanks. Admittedly hectic, as I was doing a little eleventh hour tinkering with a story due before the stroke of midnight. (More about that story in a future post.) I enjoyed working on the holiday, as it took my mind off the post-partem blues that come from finishing a novel. It's always comforting to have multiple projects, as I don't relax well, and I hate the restlessness that comes from not having an immediate focus for my creativity.
Lucky me, I'm juggling quite a bit right now, but I've yet to find the proper balance to work on all my writing projects and keep the blog current. For example, I'd meant to make this post over a week ago. Also, I've been slow to answer several emails. Backlogged, but hoping to knock them out this week. Bleh. Too much to do.
Part of me thinks I should make specific mention of what I'm actually working on, though it goes against the advice a friend of mine gave me back when I first started screenwriting. He said, "Never tell anyone what you're working on, becuase once you do, they'll start asking for it. It's better to be mysterious and then suddenly deliver your projects, so people see you as prolific and unpredictable."
Not bad advice, but I'm going to go against it later this week.