This pages outlines a tentative schedule for my writing process. As I work more on projects and get more comfortable with this new approach, I’ll be able to give more firm release dates. All of these dates are subject to change — I’ll note up here at the top if I change those dates.
15 February 2020: Calendar updated with new firm dates.
Discovery Draft: This is the preliminary version of the story. I write out all of my scene ideas, my plot sketches, the back stories, the relationships. I write everything down in various Scrivener drafts and then piece together a rough chronology, then break down the story by scenes and subplots.
Alpha Draft: This is the first draft. I’m an extremely linear writer — I find it difficult to write my stories out of order. I start at the beginning, write until the end and I almost never ever go back and reread. That’s usually how I end up stuck or putting things on the shelf. I only stop when the story feels stalled. There’s usually a reason for it. This is how I wrote Bittersweet and both Mad World Books 1 & 2. I don’t even read for typos or consistency errors.
Beta Draft: This is the second draft. I go through and reread — I fix typos, inconsistencies, make notes about what scenes need to be moved, be rewritten, or even cut. This is also the draft I send to my beta readers for reader feedback.
Posting Draft: This is the draft that I format into ebooks and post at CG and the other sites where I distribute the work.
All books are posted in .epub, .pdf, or .mobi formats.
First Quarter – 2020 – January-March
- For the Broken Girl – Complete Alpha Draft
- Mad World, Book 3 – Discovery Draft
- Mad World, Book 2 – Complete ebook
Second Quarter – 2020 – April – June
- For the Broken Girl – Complete Beta Draft
- For the Broken Girl – Complete Posting Draft
- For the Broken Girl – Public Release
- For the Broken Girl – Ebook
- Mad World, Book 3 – Alpha Draft
- Fool Me Twice, Book 1 – Discovery Draft
Third Quarter – 2020 – Jul – Sep
- Mad World, Book 3 – Complete Alpha Draft
- Mad World, Book 3 – Complete Beta Draft
- Mad World, Book 3 – Complete Posting Draft
- Fool Me Twice – Alpha Draft
- Mad World, Book 3 – Ebook
Fourth Quarter – 2020 – Oct – Dec
- Fool Me Twice – Complete Alpha Draft
- Fool Me Twice – Complete Beta Draft
- Damaged, Season 3 – Discovery Draft
- Mad World – Trilogy Combined Ebook
- Bittersweet – ebook
- 1: Mad World, Book 3 – Launch Discovery Phase
- 31: For the Broken Girl – Alpha Draft Deadline
- 1: Mad World, Book 3 – Begin Alpha Draft
- 2: Mad World, Book 3 – Release Date