Tuesday, January 7, 2020

What’s Next in 2020? By Jan Scarbrough #RomanceGems

Every year, I make my writing goals. In 2018, I concentrated on revising, re-editing, and republishing five books in my Bluegrass Reunion series. I had gotten the rights back and wanted to update and polish them before self-publishing them.

That was 2018. In 2019, I finished revising the series with Kentucky Cowboy and Kentucky Rain. My other goal was more ambitious: a trilogy called Ghost Mountain Ranch. It would tell the story of Hank, a secondary character from the Montana Ranchers, a series I wrote with Maddie James.

I did finish the first book in the trilogy, and because it was a romance, Hank got his happy ending. However, life happened: my husband got sick and so did I. Currently the first book is with my editor. I’m almost finished with the second.

So, my goal in 2020 is to finish all three books and self-publish them. I’ve included the cover for the first book. I’m not sure I’ll keep the cover or the title. What do you think?

If you’ve read yesterday’s group blog, you’ll find I hope to get back on track personally in 2020. I have some chronic health issues that I must live with. But I want to get moving again: taking horseback riding lessons again, going to the gym, walking, volunteering, and helping with the grandkids. I have archery and volleyball contests to attend, not to mention basketball and football games.

What are your plans for 2020?


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  1. Good luck with your writing goals!! Mine are similar: write, revise, edit, publish!!

  2. Life happens. It's hard. But it sounds like you're back on track, Jan, with LOTS of great things ahead. (I love seeing your horse/riding pics on FB!) Best of luck with all you've got planned. Here's to a great 2020!

  3. Jan, what great goals. Mine is just to finish the book and start the next. I wish you the best in 2020. i'm sure you'll accomplish all the most important. Never forget the passion!

  4. I've had a lot of good intentions that went awry for one reason or another. Life happens. I just try to do better next time. I just started a new Romantic Suspense series. My first since around 2002 when Southern Comfort first came out. Sometimes you just have to shake things up a bit.

  5. Woohoo. Go Jan! You ALWAYS inspire me with your goal setting. Good luck on the new series. I like the cover!

    Maddie James (who is really Kim... )

    1. Hey, Maddie/Kim! Nice to see you. Hope things are well with you. Wishing you a Happy New Year full of everything good and joyful.

  6. Applaude your resilience and determination.

  7. I like the cover! Looks good. And you've kept going on this series which is very inspiring.

  8. Good luck, Jan. I'm rooting for you.

  9. Good luck, Joan. My goal is just to keep going.

  10. Hey, ladies, I went horseback riding last night. First lesson since October. I had no problems! Yahoo!

  11. I'm jealous! Haven't been on a horse in 20-something years. Good luck with your plans!


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