Weekly News & Goals 7/12/10

For those of you reading/interested, chapter 2 of The Biker’s Wench is up at Scribd. It’s available for download in several major formats, so help yourself. It is in draft form, of course, so if you want the cleaned-up version, you’ll have to wait until the serial is done. The good news is, the second Fantasy Ranch book characters and plot just sort of jumped out at me as I was plotting scenes for TBW this weekend, so I’ve already got the next one in mind, and may write that for this year’s NaNo project. A story of debauchery that I’m rather excited about.

I was hoping/planning to get the hard-copy edits for Tempest done yesterday, but alas…after I finished the TBW chapter, I picked up Elisabeth Naughton’s Marked, and didn’t put it down until my husband got home two hours later. Yes, it’s that good, and yes, I should have been editing, but clearly my brain needed the break. In any case, everything else is taking a back seat this week until those mark-ups are done, and I can get started on the type-in revisions. I’ve set a tentative date of August 16th for the ebook release of Tempest, and I’m trying to decide how important it is to release a print copy shortly thereafter. If you’d take the poll at the end of this post and let me know which format you’d be more likely to read, that would help me a lot. If/when I do release the print copy, I’ll make sure it’s priced less than $10…I’m hoping for around $5 – 6 or so, but we’ll see. Unfortunately, a lot of that is out of my hands since it depends on how much the printer charges. The ebook will be priced at $2.99 or a little lower depending on how long it ends up being – so if you start saving now…you’ll be able to buy a copy to read and then share with friends (no DRM here).

All that out of the way, let’s get on to the important stuff – like this week’s blog schedule.

This Week on The Variety Pages

Tuesday: Construction Zone – Getting “Unstuck”
Wednesday: Everyday Romance – Guest post by the lovely Cynthia Schuerr
Thursday: Blogfest – My Advice to New Writers (hosted by Peevish Penman )
Friday: Chapter 29 of Indelibly Inked
Saturday: Notable Posts

Goal Reports

I’m having issues getting motivated to work on Her Private Chef at the moment. I dare say it’s because I have “shiny new idea” syndrome with TBW, and also because I’m realizing that there’s only six more weeks before I want to release Tempest, and I need to get the revisions done as soon as possible to leave time for things like formatting and passing out review copies. So I will get back to HPC, honest, but for now it’s going to have to wait until I’ve made more progress with Tempest, and the shiny newness of TBW wears off (it always does, eventually).

I failed miserably in my goal to email more people regarding guest posts (though I did schedule another author guest for August), so that carries over to this week. I have some interview questions I really need to get out as well, and once again I’ve procrastinated on menu planning. I did, however, work out several nights last week and I also started doing a few yoga poses in the mornings before work, so I’m feeling pretty good about that.

Goals for the Week


  • Finish hard copy mark-ups for Tempest, start on type-in revisions

  • Write 1st half of chapter 3 for The Biker’s Wench

  • Chapter 29 of Indelibly Inked


  • Email-tag people for guest posts (Sara, Carol, Heidi – I’m looking at you guys!)

  • Yoga every morning, workout as many evenings as I can

  • More weeding. *sigh*

  • Update my poor neglected Goodreads account!

  • Add an “Acknowledgments” page and a “Contest” page to my web site.

  • Muse on whether I should start a Fantasy Ranch based blog or site (or not). Your thoughts?

That’s what’s going on around here this week. What are you up to? Any big plans? Little goals? Fun things to read or watch out for? Do share…

2 comments on “Weekly News & Goals 7/12/10

  1. Carol

    You need an option for both. I’d buy the e-book to be able to read it right away, but I’d still want a print copy to have in a prominent place on my bookshelf. 🙂

  2. Jamie DeBree

    You’re too sweet, Carol. 🙂 Thanks.

    I asked on twitter last night, and the overwhelming response was leaning toward print. So I’ll do both…but people won’t have to buy both. Buy a print book, and I’ll throw in a free download of the electronic version. That seems only fair, since the print is more expensive. 🙂