I dug in and finished my latest manuscript when I got back from RWA, so all the promo and marketing ideas have been put on hold. I'm going to revisit all that over the winter and come up with a solid marketing plan for next year. I'll be sure to share when I glean ...
I have a release date for my next book (whoo!) in October, so that's fun. I am trying to decide what manuscript to submit next. I am giving myself a bit of a breather before I leap in and start a new book. In a month or so, I'll be heading out to a writer's weekend with friends, and that's where I frequently get new ideas.
During the hiatus between manuscripts, I'm going through all my possessions in a frenzy of Weed Out. I've donated three bags of books to the library and am determined to winnow out the books to one or two shelves full. I'm about to tackle going through my writing notes from when I taught writing classes. Surely they're outdated by now?
Then I'll look at the Old Stuff, the rough drafts and first drafts that I've hauled around with me for years. Keep? Toss? I think toss, but it'll depend on what I see there.
I love tossing out stuff. We plan a huge bonfire this fall (rather than shred, we roast s'mores). It's time to dispose of my mother's legal papers (it's been 7 years since she died), plus I have some other things to consign to the flames. Very cathartic. I plan to rearrange my office, get rid of some furniture and start afresh in the fall.
But until then ... the weed-out continues!