• MK Chester

What's Next for 2023?

Entering the final quarter of a year is the time to be both retrospective and forward thinking. On one hand, you examine everything you've done in the year. Have you met your goals? What were your challenges and victories? On the other, you want to move on to the next project.

2022 was, again, not exactly what I'd planned. More on that in another post. But it did allow me to begin putting out the Midheaven series, which is a series I first drafted more than 20 years ago. The first two books will be out by the end of the year, so you can guess there will be more in 2023--at least two more.

But what else? About three years ago, maybe a little longer, I did an inventory of all the stories I'd started and not finished. There were many and they existed in various stages of completion. Some would be relatively easy to dust off and put out, others would need much more work. Some were only an opening paragraph, while others were completed with minor edits.

I've almost reached the bottom of that well. I have a couple westerns I *could* pivot to (but I don't want to pivot yet again right now). I have one that might be viable in a couple years, an age-gap, taboo kind of relationship. I have some ideas for ancient historical romances, additional Bryeton Books, and an alternate-reality type series that sees the downfall of the USA as it currently exists. The Midheaven series will also need at least one more book, and probably more.

I haven't been in this position in a long time, where I don't necessarily have the next project to move on to. I want to be thoughtful as I go into the end of the year and make a good decision to work on projects that are interesting to me and also current at market. I guess this is a good place to be, it just feels super-strange to NOT have something I can pick up and run with.

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