Unfortunately, there are many distractions in Athens, with family commitments constantly breaking into writing time, which have prevented her from ever having a full day to write to see how much she can achieve in this new writing model. However, she has discovered another secret weapon, a timer, which she sets for 30 minute sessions, and sees how many words she can get done in this time. This has been quite successful, and she has managed to complete the first 16000 words of the first novel in this new Merchant Blades series.
So, the plan on her return is to focus the Miss Silk novel towards the traditional publishing model i.e. when she gets back we'll prepare a synopsis and cover letter and start sending this off to agents and publishers who accept direct submissions. The next task will be to finish the first complete draft of Miss Silk, and when this is done, we'll switch to finishing the Merchant Blades novel, which we plan to self-publish as an e-book. Hopefully by the end of 2015 Alex will have two completed novels, and be well on the way to finishing the second Merchant Blades novel, as the self-publishing model that seems to be most successful is to have at least two books in a series ready for publishing, so that you can run a free promotion on the first book in the series, and hope that people like it enough to pay for the second novel in the series. We'll also need to do all of the other tasks associated with creating a high quality book for self-publishing, such as finding an editor, and commissioning some professional cover artwork, which are two areas which we will again be exploring for the first time. So, the bottom line is that 2015 will be an extremely busy, and also a crucially important year in Alex's quest to get her first full length novel(s) published.