What’s On Your Path? by Gina Conkle

Which way to choose - 3D renderHow is your 2015 going so far? Did you make a list of goals for the new year? I did.

As 2014 was winding down, Victoria Vane suggested the Embracing Romance authors share our 2015 plans with you. Great idea!

I’m still writing Viking and Georgian romance with a softly sensual side, but my writer’s path will take a new twist in 2015.

Here are three of them:

1. More Novellas

I’m calling this my Year of the Novella. Author Bob Mayer has advised writers to “write iStock_000023818350Mediumshort, write fast.” Novellas do the trick. Lots of readers love them (except for my mom). The price is great and novellas offer a great way to try a new series with minimal risk.

Another bonus? My romance sub-genres don’t overlap. At all. So if I can win a reader from Viking to Georgian or Georgian to Viking, that’s a bonus.

Bob’s sage advice also happens to converge with my unusual 2015 editorial schedule. Like stars aligning, I started several novellas last year for publication this year. And dare I say…some self-published novellas? A first for me. Stay tuned…

2. More Vikings

iStock_000030708114SmallViking romance is my first love. My first story as a fledgling writer was Norse Jewel. I count myself lucky that first manuscript was published. But, more raiders of old wait in the wings.

Have you heard of The Forgotten Sons?

No, because the proposal languishes. Interestingly, I get just as many Facebook messages and email queries (from as far away as Brazil!) asking me where can they find the Forgotten Sons books? I have an excerpt and story blurbs on my website…enough to whet appetites. Now I need to let those Vikings loose.

3. More Audiobooks

 The Future of Ink.com predicts a surge of print and audio in 2015. Audiobooks will continue to grow in popularity because people want books in multiple formats. Amazon’s Meet the Earl at Midnight tkwhispersync feature lets readers switch easily from kindle to audio on the exact spot they just read.

You can leave your couch, head for the treadmill, and not miss your book time (and get your 2015 exercise goals done).

I jumped into audiobooks with Meet the Earl at Midnight. Marian Hussey, the fan-favorite narrator for Meet the Earl at Midnight has signed on to narrate The Lady Meets her Match (book 2 in the Midnight Meetings series).  This time the audio release will coincide with the book’s release in April.

Audiobooks weren’t something I planned on doing as a writer, but I’m glad I dove into this trend.

50 percentSometimes unexpected twists in the road offer the best surprises.

What’s on your 2015 path?

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A writer of Viking and Georgian romance with a softly sensual side, Gina loves history, books and romance…the perfect recipe for historical romance writer. Her passion for castles and old places (the older and moldier the better!) means interesting family vacations. When not visiting fascinating places, she can be found delving into the latest adventures in cooking, gardening, and chauffeuring her sons.

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14 Responses

  1. Great post! And I’m all for more Vikings. 🙂

  2. hollybushbooks

    I’ve never written a novella but I’ve heard the same advice as you, so who knows? Maybe this is the year to start.

  3. Love Vikings! And, I will admits I love audio books. I’ve been listening since I was in my teens, but some of the best books I “heard” are the Harry Potter series and Outlander. The narrator for both was amazing!

    All the best for your 2015, Gina!

  4. Hi Holly,
    Could be a great addition to your Crawford family brides. 🙂 I love your new Contract to Wed cover – the pop of red is great.

  5. My first audio book is in the works. Love the idea of listening on the treadmill!

  6. I enjoy novellas, especially when I’m really busy and want a quick read. Good luck with all your 2015 plans, Gina.

  7. Hurry up with the Vikings already!!! LOL.

  8. You can never have too many Vikings! 🙂

    My plan for 2015 is to not forget to breathe and remember how much I love writing. With my first book out at the end of the year, and two other manuscripts also due, this is going to be a busy year.

    • Long live the Vikings, Asa! And they will with your stories. I think you have a good plan…like a stop and smell the roses but keep your focus. And I like how you’re so organized and diving into the professional side of things.

  9. Barbara Monajem

    I love novellas, both writing and reading them. Looking forward to reading yours, Gina. 🙂

  10. I am anxiously awaiting more Vikings! 😉
    It sounds like you are going to be a very busy lady this year. I am looking forward to more of your work, Gina!

  11. Love your optimism and innovative attitude!