Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Switching Gears

by Maggie Sefton


We novelists are used to switching gears, especially if we publish with large New York publishing houses. I write the Kelly Flynn Knitting Mysteries for Penguin Publishing, a HUGE publisher.  I write the Molly Malone Suspense Mysteries for a medium-sized publisher Midnight Ink Books which is not headquartered in New York.  So, like most of the Cozy Chicks, I write more than one series a year.  Consequently, novels are constantly in the process of being created, written, revised, edited, copy-edited, published and released into the world, in print and electronically.

So, these past few weeks I was either 1)  Finishing the 3rd in the Molly Malone Suspense Mysteries, or 2) Submitting the chapter outline for the 12th Kelly Flynn, or 3) Doing the copy exits  for the 11th Kelly Flynn, or 4) Writing the 12th Kelly Flynn,  or 5) Checking the galleys or what they now call "pass pages" for the 11th Kelly Flynn.

Confused yet?  Believe me, sometimes we novelists wake up thinking, "If this is Tuesday, it must be mystery number . . . ". Don't get me wrong.  I love variety.  In fact, I think I've gotten addicted to it.  I love having different characters dart in and out of my head, bringing scenes and dialogue.  Most of my novelist friends are the same way.  Of course, it could be we're all just "certifiable" and the men in white coats will be coming for us any day now.  :)  But until they come, we'll keep writing.   And my schedule is nothing compared to our Ellery Adams/Jennifer Stanley's insane schedule.  She writes even more.  



The covers above are for the 1st Molly Malone Suspense, DEADLY POLITICS (August 2012) and the 11th Kelly Flynn Knitting Mystery, out June 2013, CLOSE KNIT KILLER.   

8 comments:

  1. I know between writing a book and it being in the bookshops sits a lot of time and work. I think it wonderful that you never get confused on which story you are working at the moment. And I guess sometimes you get bored with editing and just want to get back to the current WIP.
    But I love your books, and hope you will write them for many years to come.

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  2. Wow! I would be so hyper and worried about getting everything done that I wouldn;t be able to write. I guess it's a good thing I leave all the writing up to you guys! Looking forward to the new one. Pretty cover.

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  3. I think about all of you who have more than one series going and how you have to switch gears frequently. Lots to keep straight and organized.

    Love the title for the next knitting mystery! That's a great one!

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  4. Aurian---Thank you for those sweet comments. I definitely plan to keep writing as along as I live. No matter how old. I'll pass away over my laptop. :)

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  5. Jeannie---Well, sometimes WE get hyper and worried, esp if there's a lot of stuff going onion our lives at the same time we have deadlines.

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  6. Kristin----You're right. And I don't know how some writers handle more than two series. Yikes!

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  7. If you need someone to run interference for you with the men in white coats, let me know. I do not want anyone or anything to delay your books. Thoroughly enjoy both series! Thank you!!

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  8. I love Kelly, except for when I wanted to throttle her and had to keep myself from throwing your hard work across the room. (he he) However, you said you are working on the third Maggie Malone book, so when is the second one coming out? I live in Maryland, I do so love this new series of yours. Thanks for explaining about the publishers.

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