On Writing: My Writing & Publishing Plans for 2023

As the end of the year approaches, I wanted to take a little time to acknowledge what I've done in 2022 and to also look ahead and announce my writing and publishing plans for 2023.

What 2022 Looked Like

If you had told me a year ago that I would have published five books in 2022, then I would have told you to shut up and get sober. If you'd told me that I'd do all this while also struggling with a newly diagnosed chronic illness, I would have told you to shut up and poor me a drink. But that is exactly what has happened over the last twelve months.

Here's a full list of the books published this year, when and where you can find them if you're curious:

Jan 2022 - The Weaker Sex (London Killing #2)
June 2022 - Five Sunsets (Sun, Moon & Stars #1)
September 2022 - Hummingbird (Birds and Butterflies #1)
November 2022 - Christmas Sunrise (Sun, Moon & Stars #1.5)
November 2022 - The Moon Also Rises (Sun, Moon & Stars #2)

Admittedly, two of the published books are novellas (of around 35,000 words each) and one of the full-length novels was already written and ready before January 2022 began, but that's still two full-length romance novels that I knocked out in just over twelve months (as I started the draft for Five Sunsets in November 2021). 

That's the good that was achieved this year. The bad was that this chronic illness I've acquired did slow me down enough to delay two releases that I was hoping to push out before the end of the year, namely the sequel to The Weaker Sex and book three in the London Killing series, The Way We Were, and also a second sapphic novella that would be the second book after Hummingbird.

But I am far from bitter. I am very philosophical about it all; I can only do so much and when I push myself too hard I will suck the joy out of this journey that I am thoroughly enjoying. So no regrets, and yes, still a lot of pride!

I am also going to take December much slower than I have for the rest of the year. Partly this is because my health needs a lot more energy and focus right now, but it's also because I need to go back into creative mode to get these projects done and that always starts with filling my cup and looking inward.

My Writing and Publishing Plans for 2023

Now on to next year and my other writing and publishing plans... Well, here's a rough schedule of what I hope to finish and publish in 2023. This is very tentative and highly unlikely to be exactly what happens (welcome to life as an indie author with two young kids and a chronic illness!) but I have hope I'll be able to do at least some of it:

Jan or Feb - The Way We Were (London Killing #3) PLUS A SURPRISE THRILLER BOOK from the London Killing world!
March - Butterflies (Birds and Butterflies #2 - another spicy sapphic novella like Hummingbird)
May or June - Too Many Stars to Count (Sun, Moon & Stars #3 - aka Maeve's book!)
August or September - Birds and Butterflies Collection (four spicy sapphic novellas, including Hummingbird and Butterflies)
October - POSSIBLY A SURPRISE (VERY!) SPICY BOOK! And hint, hint... For those of you who have already read Hummingbird and The Moon Also Rises, you will already know the main female character!
November - The Worst Kind of Love (London Killing #4 - aka The Junkie's book!)
December - Collapse in a heap!

Best Ways to Keep in Touch For New Releases

If any of these books capture your interest, then the best way to keep in touch and find out about new releases first is to sign up to my newsletter. It's also via that link that you will have access to bonus scenes from many of my books. 

Last but certainly not least, I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has bought one of my books, read one of my books, told a friend about my books or left a review for one of my books. You are the only way this really works and while I would still write these stories even if nobody read a single word, it means SO MUCH to me to share the journey with some fabulous readers. THANK YOU!

Frances M. Thompson

Londoner turned wanderer, Frankie is an author, freelance writer and blogger. Currently based in Amsterdam, Frankie was nomadic for two years before starting a family with her Australian partner. Frankie is the author of three short story collections, and is a freelance writer for travel and creative brands. In 2017, she launched WriteNOW Cards, affirmation cards for writers that help build a productive and positive writing practice. When not writing contemporary fiction, Frankie shops for vintage clothes, dances to 70s disco music and chases her two young sons around Amsterdam.
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