Dawn Montgomery

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I’m a USA Today bestselling author

In Publishing News on April 11, 2014 at 2:01 am

Publishing NewsI was really quiet this week. Stayed as busy as possible, wrote little, but tried to ignore a very crazy and insane thing…Wednesday is the day USA Today drops its list of bestsellers for the previous week.

This Wednesday was a normal day, like any other (If by any other I meant waking up on a bed of nails while every little thing tap danced on my nerves…).

I started my day off early, quietly fidgeting through getting the kids off to school, working on a writing project (Telling myself I was being productive, even though I stared at the same paragraph for an hour).

I mentioned to my husband, in passing, that the list was coming out that day. The previous week had been insanely amazing numbers-wise for Amazon (national and international) and Barnes and Noble. If we were going to make the list, this would be the week. But I wasn’t nervous and it wasn’t on my mind at all <rolls eyes>.

A friend was in town for her anniversary so I raced to meet up with her. I could barely eat anything so the visit with my friend was a welcome distraction. We had so much fun! For five hours I completely forgot about lists, the others in the boxed set who were waiting, the thousand projects I had going on at home. I let it all go and just relaxed.

I made it home and chatted with the family. My youngest had reached a fabulous milestone at school so we high-fived and ate a snack together. My husband asked me a bunch of questions. We smiled and relaxed. And then he gently mentioned that I was avoiding the computer.

He was, of course, right. So I strolled back into the office area and sat down. I brought up my pages and opened my IMs. There were a dozen messages waiting for me in email and IM. Facebook had over 150 notifications. I’d only been gone for part of a day. LOL!

My IM flashed. Eve Vaughn, the lady who’d initially brought me into the boxed set, was in my yahoo IM asking if I was on yet. 🙂 I replied that I was. She told me (after dragging it out LOL!) that we’d made USA Today.

So there you go. 🙂 Insane, right? We debuted at #140. We will likely drop off the list this week, but this, truly, is an amazing moment. One I never EVER imagined possible. Now I’m going through and updating all my bios.

I reminded the gals in the group to do it, but kept putting mine off til now. Nothing like 2am to get my mind to relax. Of course, I have to get up with the kids in four hours, but that’s okay. 🙂 Plans for the rest of the week? Write more. Lots more. 🙂

USA TODAY 10 April 2014

2nd Quarter Goals for #ROW80

In #amwriting, Goals on April 8, 2014 at 10:06 am

PWCicon2Writing. A solitary adventure. Every book is a marathon race against yourself. It’s not about speed, but endurance. Every step forward is progress, but if you jump in at full speed, you’ll lose momentum early on and wear your body down.

I hit burnout pretty bad in the first quarter of 2014, but many MANY great things happened despite my self-doubt.

Releases

  • Thunder and Roses came out in January (through Loose Id)
  • Tall, Dark and Alpha came out in March (Indie Pub)

Bestseller

TDA hit

  • Top 100 in Barnes and Noble
  • Top 50 in Amazon US
  • Top 25 in Amazon Australia (international bestseller!)
  • Top 50 in Amazon Canada
  • #1 in multiple categories for Amazon UK, Japan, and Germany
  • Recommended Read by USA Today’s Happy Ever After Blog

Me

  • #12 in Paranormal Romance Authors for Amazon
  • Top 100 in four Amazon categories: Paranormal Romance, Romance Books, Romance Kindle Ebooks, and Literature and Fiction Kindle Ebooks

Website/Brand Launch

  • Seven Sinful Scribes (blog goes live April 16th)
  • Seven Sinful Scribes Facebook Page
  • Seven Sinful Scribes Facebook Fan Group

Awards/Nominations

  • Halloween Heat II won Best Menage Romance Anthology 2013

New Projects on the Horizon (Most are Super Secret until the ink dries on the contracts)

  • Charity Anthology, expect more to come on this next month. Readers voted for a Silver Tongued Devils side story
  • Ambrosia Tavern Boxed Set (title and release Date TBD)
  • Super Secret Project November release date!! This is GONNA ROCK!
  • The Naughty List Boxed Set (Holiday collection of steamy romances by yours truly)
  • A 2015 BIG project! I can’t wait to tell you more!!
  • Continuation of the Silver Tongued Devils characters in two new ebooks by summer’s end.

Series Closeouts Planned for the Rest of the Year

  • Hunger Universe: Closed out by the end of the year
  • WTF Dragon: Closed out by 4th Quarter
  • Silver Tongued Devils: Closed out by the end of the year
  • Deep Cravings universe stories (No approved series name yet) by the end of the year
  • Dark Talisman by the end of the year

New Series Launches 2014-2015

  • Heartbreak Ridge -Launches in December
  • A currently unnamed Vampire series, due to launch in March of next year (big secret project LOL!)
  • Rift Wars
  • Holly Savage – Launches in November
  • Sakura Jones, Demon Slayer – Launches in September

Bad things happened as well, but we’ll glide over those and not give them any more time in my head. Let’s just say when the chips were down and I was at my lowest, helping hands rose me back up. The love and caring of readers, fellow authors, friends, and family can never be matched. I am blessed to be a part of this wonderful community.

Now it’s time to set up goals for the Second Quarter of 2014. As always, I will likely shoot for the moon and come up in North Dakota, but that’s okay…I’ll get more done than not. 🙂 


A Round of Words in 80 Days 2nd Quarter Challenge

#ROW80


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Books that need to be done by the end of the quarter:

  1. Antonio – cowritten with Ditter Kellen
  2. Feral Hunger (yes, I’m STILL tweaking this novel. Two years is a long time to work on one, but I’m almost done with it!)
  3. Recipe for Disaster
  4. Silver Tongued Devils goes solo this quarter so I need to finish up a followup story for the trio to go with the single title ebook release.
  5. Dragons Never Lie
  6. Silver Tongued Devils new book for the charity anthology (readers voted!)
  7. Christmas Belle revamp (my first Christmas story, ever. I have to do some heavy revisions) – Part of a holiday collection I’m putting together this year.
  8. Winter Break revamp (same as Christmas Belle)
  9. Start Christmas as Heartbreak Ridge
  10. Halfway through my Ambrosia Tavern book.
  11. Ravenous Hunger (a Tale of the Valorian Resistance)
  12. Renegade Hearts
  13. Angel’s Masquerade (revise and resubmit I need to finish up and resub)

The first six are contracted so have to be done. 🙂 ❤ No pressure. LOL! The results of burnout and it’s ripple effects.

Goal for 4/7-4/13

  • 7k on Antonio
  • 7k on Feral Hunger
  • Recipe for Disaster plotted
  • Silver Tongued Devils interlude plotted
  • 500 words on Dragons Never Lie (weekend work)
  • Anthology Silver Tongued Devils book plotted
  • Get through 2k on Christmas Belle revamp

Ways to Avoid Burnout

  • Write in the morning when I’m refreshed
  • Edit at night when my creativity has been sapped by full time domestic goddess duty
  • Read and relax for a few hours every night
  • Give myself permission to take time off when I need it
  • Every day visualize what I love about the characters/book/situation before I begin writing
  • The night before, get amped up about the scene I’ll be writing the next day!

That’s it for me. 🙂

That’s enough, I know. 🙂

If you’d like to join in on the personal challenge of A Round of Words in 80 Days, check out the event HERE.

If you’d like to see what everyone’s starting goals are, check out the linky list HERE.

 

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