Way More Ideas Then Time

Creepy Tree

Creepy Tree in Northern Minnesota

One of the most frequently asked questions I get when I tell people that I write stories is:

Do you ever run out of ideas?

The answer is an emphatic “NO.”

My biggest obstacle over the last three and a half years since I started self-publishing is finding time to write everything that I want to write. Even though I consider myself still fairly ‘young’ in my publishing career, most people, including those who write themselves, would consider me prolific.

Since November 2011 when I first published Edge of Shadows, I’ve released somewhere in the neighborhood of 45 titles under three different pen names. (So when you don’t see a Cege Smith release for awhile, it’s likely because I’m working on stories under my other pen names.) I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I don’t know the definitive number simply because there are so many that I can’t keep track of them. It’s not the worst problem to have.

Since I’ve finished out all of the projects that I had planned here, I’m going to do something a little bit different. I want to spend more time bringing in my readers and fans into my writing process because I think that makes all of us feel more invested in it.

So this summer will be the summer that my fans get to help me decide which stories to write. That will focus my ideas- and I will find the time. I found a photo list of some of the creepiest places in the world, and readers get to vote on which location will form the basis for the story that I ultimately write and publish. This is something that I’m offering exclusively to readers who have said they want to hear from me, either by liking my Facebook page or joining my fan club. (If you haven’t done either of those things yet, backtrack one sentence for the links. 🙂 )

All my best,

Cege

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Time To Do It Again!

2012. Wow.

I really don’t have much more to say about that. In case you were wondering where I thought I’d be at this time last year, you can check out my 2012 resolution post. Yea- there were some changes made in timing and titles, but ultimately I said that I would publish six books last year.

And I did.

That made me think that I need to up my game in 2013. So I sat down last week and put together my production schedule for the year. My knees are still shaking just a little bit. To say that it is ambitious may be an understatement. But I’m a big believer in the saying “Go Big or Go Home.” I set a BHG (Big Hairy Goal) for 2013, and I think I’m going to have a ball going after it.

I am hoping that you will join me for the ride as well. That will multiple the fun factor for me by about a thousand!

So I know you are about ready for me to stop babbling now and just tell you what’s going on and when you are going to hear next from Angeline and Connor, Cameron, Samuel, and Malcolm, and maybe even Violet and Jeremiah. Well, here it is (please note that I say this is tentative and subject to change!):

Cege’s *TENTATIVE* 2013 Production Schedule

January 2013: The Shadows Trilogy omnibus

February 2013: Soul Cycle (Twisted Souls #3)

March 2013: Trials of Truth (Bloodtruth #3)

May 2013: Step To My Bones

August 2013: Twisted Souls series #4

September 2013: Bloodtruth series #4

November 2013: Immortal End

I am planning to release a paranormal thriller serial starting in April, and those episodes will be interspersed with my novel releases. Each of those will be 10K-20K words each, so that’s a lot of writing for those as well.

I’m also launching a new pen name that will serve up stories in the contemporary romance genre. It’s a completely new endeavor for me, and one I’m really excited about. There were be several short story/novel releases under that name as well.

Whew- I’m exhausted already. 🙂  And nervous. But really psyched about what I’ve got spinning for this year. By the way, I can’t stress enough that I love to hear from readers of my series, and if there is a big push from fans, I may consider moving some things up to accommodate.

In the meantime, you’ll find me in my favorite writing chair.

Happy New Year!!

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Contest Winner: Elena’s Vervain Necklace from The Vampire Diaries

Thank you to everyone who took a few minutes and joined the Cege Smith Fan Club! As a special treat for everyone who joined the club during my birthday weekend, they were entered into a random drawing for a chance to Elena’s vervain necklace, featured in The Vampire Diaries.

CONGRATULATIONS CHARITY FRENCH!!!

Things in the fan club are really ramping up, so be sure to join now and so that you are always in the know FIRST for things going on in the Cege Smith universe.

Thank you again for all of the wonderful birthday wishes both here and on Facebook. You guys are the best. 🙂

See you soon!!

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Cover Reveal: Immortal End (the Ageless sequel)

I am swooning yet again over my newest cover from LFD Designs. I will be completely honest here: I wasn’t sure if I was going to write a sequel to Ageless. I left the story where the arc of the book was clearly over, but there was a nice thread left open that could be continued if I wanted to do it.

Until this past week, I was leaning toward leaving it alone. Then I found this cover, and suddenly I saw Violet there clear as day. And so Immortal End will become a reality sooner rather than later. (Hooray! More Jeremiah and Jonah *wink*.)

I am feverishly working on Veiled Shadows right now, but Immortal End will be coming in Q1 2013 (if not sooner).  When really all depends on 3 things:

  • How long Veiled Shadows takes me to get done
  • How long the 3rd Bloodtruth book takes to get done (Angeline fans everywhere- rejoice!)
  • If I have a push from Twisted Souls fans to get the 3rd book in that series first

If you have an opinion, I’d love to hear from you in the comments or by dropping me a line (cege@cegesmith.com).  Series fans really do have a voice in my production schedule because at the end of the day, I’m writing for you.

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