My Writing & Publishing Plans for 2023

Hello, hello! The first month of the year is almost over, and it won’t be long before the days get longer and the nights are lighter, and snowdrops and daffodils spring up out of the ground. Basically, things will look a lot brighter soon.

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to think ahead and set a few intentions for the coming year. They’re not hard and fast – I’ve learned that life doesn’t like to stay on a strict schedule and things crop up that knock you off track – but these are the loose, flexible plans I’ve got for writing and publishing in 2023.

My 2023 writing and publishing plans

January

February/March

  • Write secret fairytale retelling project! (More about this coming very soon)

April/May

June

July

  • Write and publish A Fair Bargain

August/September

  • Write and publish A Fair Descent

October

  • Publish Fair Tales collection paperback

November

  • Publish secret fairytale retelling project

December

  • Rest! I’ve published in December the last couple of years and it’s absolutely broken me, so I will be spending December 2023 enjoying the festive season and spending time with my family.

And that’s about it! What are you looking forward to most? I can’t wait to share more about my secret project with you! I think you’re going to love the entire series, if you’re a fan of sweet romance and fairytale retellings, you’ll love what we’ve got planned for you!

Happy reading, friends.

Lyndsey

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End of Year Review 2022

Hello friends, I hope you’re enjoying the festivities and taking the opportunity to look back at everything you’ve achieved this year and feel proud.

Personally, 2022 has been one of the most difficult but rewarding years of my life, and I’m both nervous and excited about what 2023 will bring.

So, here’s an end of year review with (almost) everything I’ve read and written this year (so far, there’s still a few days to go!).

Books I’ve Read in 2022

I read quite a few thrillers this year, as a palate cleanser to all the fantasy I read and write, and because I’m a true crime addict. After I published The Solitary King in January (can you believe that was less than a year ago?!), I was pretty burnt out and just needed a break from fantasy, so I grabbed a few YA thrillers, including One of Us is Next and This Lie Will Kill You, both of which I loved.

I set my Goodreads goal to 36 this year, and so far I’m at 33, with a couple of books and an audio book pretty close to finishing, so I’m hoping to hit my target by 1 January.

If you want to see my full list of books read this year, you can check out my Goodreads Reading Challenge page here. Otherwise, here’s my top five favourite reads of 2022:

Books I’ve Written in 2022

I tracked 162,859 words in 2022, but I probably wrote even more, as I didn’t start tracking my words written on StoryOrigin until about May.

This year, I’ve written One Fair Eve, my short story for Enchanted Forests, A Fair Vendetta, my companion novella set in the Fair Realm, and The Fair War, the third and final book in my Fair Chronicles series.

I’m so proud of everything I’ve achieved this year, publishing two full length novels, one novella and two charity anthologies (Enchanted Forests and Once Upon a Name). Plus, the audio book of The Solitary King is currently being quality checked by Audible, so could also be out in 2022 if they pull their socks up!

I’m excited for what 2023 will bring, I’ve been lucky to receive some amazing opportunities that I can’t wait to tell you all about very soon. It’s going to be another really fun and busy year for me, and I hope you’ll all join me for the ride!

What are you proud of achieving this year (or just surviving through – I’m halfway through my husband’s 6 month deployment right now and honestly most days I’m in something even more primal than survival mode, so I feel you)? And what are you most excited for in 2023?

Lyndsey

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Character art and preorder incentive reveal!

I am so excited to share with you the absolutely incredible scene art of Aria and Xander I commissioned from the hugely talented Emily Bowers.

Are you ready?

How flipping gorgeous do they look? I’m obsessed.

If you’d like to get your hands on a free a5 print of this scene from the Festival of the First Fair Queen in Hitherham, in book one, then all you need to do is preorder book three on Kindle here:

https://mybook.to/TheFairWar

And submit your proof of purchase here:

https://forms.gle/k7ia7hVWUoTLYVVk6

And that’s it! You can even claim the preorder goodies from The Solitary King release, including character art cards of Aria and Xander, a bookmark and a signed bookplate, if you missed the chance back in January. The form will close on 30 December at 11.59pm and your goodies will be posted in early January 2023.

I can’t believe there’s just three weeks to go until The Fair War is released and my first ever series is complete! It’s an exciting and terrifying thought. I can’t wait to share the conclusion to Aria’s story with you all, I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.

Lyndsey

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