Our 2016 kicks off with a co-op meeting to discuss our goals and priorities for the forthcoming year - as always, there is way too much for us to handle - no complaints - so we have to prioritize and focus our energies. Four creative types, running a creative business ... where's the adulty adult when you need one?!
We are absolutely committed to bringing you the best #LGBT fiction that we can write - the bar only ever moves up but we don't ever want to disappoint - we want to tell stories that excite and entertain (and occasionally make you stop and think) - there will be loads of new stories in 2016 - key highlights below.
Our absolute first, #1, priority this month is to get ready for the release of the film Tonight It's You with Jake Robbins - we do not yet have a precise schedule for the release - the film is in post-production, we have seen clips, it's totally awesome, and Jake is magnificent - yes, we are those devoted fans - unashamedly!
We have a book trailer to relaunch - The Baker of Son Frere - it has a new voice over by Stewart Campbell but the trailer itself is going through a bit of a metamorphosis - tending towards an abstract art-based narrative - hoping to collaborate with an abstract artist to produce the footage - more on that later this month.
We want to do more audiobooks but they are very expensive to produce - up to now, we have shied away from entering into long royalty sharing agreements with voice over artists but that may be the only course left open for us if we wish to bring more audiobooks to the shelf - it's a key decision which we hope to reach very soon.
With nearly 100 titles on the shelf, even simple jobs take a long time, like preparing excerpts for all titles and loading them onto All Romance eBooks, like changing the front or back matter to include a new hyperlink, like loading all covers onto Instagram or Pinterest, like getting 100 excerpts recorded for Youtube and Soundcloud - our business, our choices, our costs and our rewards - ultimately we will reach our goal - like we always say - energy follows intention! So please be patient if something you really want is not done instantly.
Many of the covers will be made-over this year - undeniably, covers sell books - we try to keep our covers fresh and original - it would be so much easier (in some respects) to have two half-naked men on the cover of every title - but as most (if not all) of the stories really don't fit the classic m/m romance mould very well, a cover like that would perhaps be misleading - and they would quickly drown in the sea of similar covers.
We may ultimately move the websites to a new platform - Weebly is some limitations that are now causing us headaches - a move is on the cards but it is not a simple or quick job to move 4 websites (with the inevitable redesign work that would be required).
New titles out in 2016 - no promises because the muses can throw a curve ball - and often do - but we hope to bring you -:
- more Trojan Horse - a Space Opera
- more The Twelve Crimes of Hannah Smith - crime 6 is being edited as we speak
- more Zac Tremble Investigates - the conclusion of series 2 as a minimum
- more Johnny Sante - book one of series 2 is half written already
- more Inspector Fenchurch Mysteries
- more Weaver and Loom stories
- the conclusion of The Map Stick
- the sequel to Dark Matter (titled Dark Energy)
- The Captain Du Bon Le Phare series
- another series of Tales of The Unexpected
- a poetry anthology
We are also firmly committed to the continued use of Twitter and Facebook - we look forward to making a lot more friends and sharing stuff during 2016.
The office is still located in Jeffersonville, Indiana for the time being - quite possibly a relocation on the cards during 2016 to a State with more sunshine and lots of cute guys wearing very little (HINT).
The Carter Seagrove Project LLC is an indie author co-op - we have no backers, external shareholders, advertisers or sponsors. We cherish and celebrate our independence - if you are an indie artist and you are interested in collaborating with us, drop us a line with the idea/s you have.
We could not be more excited about 2016, and we hope you are too.
Dreams come true when you work hard and make the sacrifice - we will never abandon our core belief - ENERGY FOLLOWS INTENTION!!
Thank you for your support, love and best wishes.
The Carter Seagrove Project LLC
Alp Mortal+Shannon M. Kirkland+Chambers Mars+Morgan Starr
1st January 2016