Monthly update for July

So… June was quite a month. For me, it was mostly a month of personal upheaval and self-discovery. Sadly that means it wasn’t a very good month for writing because I didn’t have a whole lot of headspace left. It wasn’t all bad though. I went to Euro Pride Con in Berlin and had a great time with some wonderful people. And I also had two new releases.

What’s new?

I released two books in June. One was scheduled — Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3), and the other was a rather impromptu decision — Why Love Matters.

Why Love Matters is an old fanfiction story that I reworked for publication to raise money for LGBT charities. If you want to find out more about it you can find the details in this post.

What’s next?

My next release will be an audiobook. The Law of Attraction has completed production. I’m in the middle of proof listening to it today, and it should hopefully be live on Audible, Amazon and Apple sometime during July. Best estimate is 2-3 weeks time. It’s narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies and he’s done a gorgeous job with it.

What’s in the pipeline?

*Looks guilty* Due to June being a crappy month for writing I still don’t have a title or cover or anything for my next book… or indeed a finished manuscript. I added a paltry 5000 words (still better than none, amirite?) to my WIP in June, bringing the current total to 30k. But my deadline is approaching and I’m hoping that will galvanise my arse into gear very soon. So hopefully by my next monthly update it will be finished, beta read and with my editor. By then I should have a title too. But I can tell you it’s a YA/NA story (they’re just 18 and in their final year at school) and it is a bodyswap story. I was having fun writing it till my brain went off the rails, but I think I’m ready to get back to them next week. If all goes well, this story will be scheduled for early September.

I’m also very happy to announce that after the success of Helping Hand in audio, I’ve contracted Mark Steadman to read Like a Lover (Housemates 2) for audiobook. That will hopefully be released sometime in August.

Giveaway (NOW CLOSED)

This is my sneaky way of seeing who is paying attention to these update posts 😀

Please comment below to win one of my ebooks (winner’s choice). And if you’re one of my super loyal readers who already has all my ebooks *hugs you hard* then enter anyway. I can post you some swag instead, or credit you with an early copy of a future release.

Thanks for reading, have a great July and send all the ‘write the damn words, Jay’ vibes my way please ❤

 

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About Jay Northcote

Author of LGBT romance. Trans (he/him), Parent, cat herder, professional procrastinator.
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29 Responses to Monthly update for July

  1. Helena Stone says:

    Considering what’s going on in your head right now and what that must mean for your day to day life, I’m amazed you got any words written. While I completely get that you (feel you) need to get those words and books out, I hope you’re allowing yourself the time and peace you need to not add unnecessary stress to your life. I (and many others) will be ready for your books whether they come sooner or later ❤

    • Thank you! I’m generally a happier person when I manage to be productive though, so I’ll probably be better off keeping busy. Plus I don’t want to mess my lovely editor around 😀

  2. Rian Durant says:

    Jay, I wish you nothing more than turning July in the best month for writing you’ve had this year! ❤ Indeed, apart from coming to terms with who you really are and want to be, writing is the second best thing in any author's life. Besides the body swap story sounds great. ^^

  3. Linda O'Keeffe says:

    As you know Jay, I have all your e books. I have even won a couple of them in your giveaways 😄 I also have a good few signed paperbacks. Which is why I’m going to wait and get Practice Makes Perfect at the UK meet. Sending ‘write them damn words, Jay’ vibes your way💖
    See you in September.

  4. Eric McDermott says:

    I agree with Helena; I know you feel you need to write, but taking care of yourself is more important. Take some time for yourself, do something fun (if that means writing, then fine, write. Maybe something for yourself that you would never make public.) the new story sounds great. Can’t wait for it, but I will.

  5. AnnMarie O'Callaghan says:

    Once you get more settled mentally the words will come. If they don’t well we’ll just wait. Look after you and yours first. {hugs}

  6. Diane A says:

    I was fortunate enough to win one of your June contests (see, you managed to have one of those in June too) and have a lovely print version of Passing Through tucked in with my other paperbacks of yours and I’m happily using the awesome logo pen to write in my journal (for anyone seeing Jay at GRL or other cons, they are very good pens and write very smoothly, just sayin’). Thank you so much for those lovely prizes that you were even willing to mail to Canada! Now, June was a month of upheaval, for many reasons, and you have some big personal ones, as the others have said, take care of you first, only by doing that will the words come. We are your fans, we’ll be here to support you and to be fangirly when a new release comes too! Take care of yourself and your family ((((hugs))))

  7. Steph Evans says:

    Sending all the “write the damn words Jay” vibes your way😛 I’m patiently waiting for Practice Makes Perfect to be on Kobo so I can get my greedy hands on it!!

  8. Mikku-chan says:

    Jay, I haven’t not all of your books but those I have are awesome because YOU are awesome and such a talented author. :3
    It’s a shame I missed you at the Euro Pride Con (I got notice about it two days ego. :/) and was so… sad about missing the opportunity. Anyway, I hope I can see you anywhere in future,as long as I have to wait I read eagerly your books. :3

    I send you best wishes for being creative and productive, and even if it took longer than expected/planned: we know, as reader, what you give us and so: I wait patiently. :3 ❤

  9. Bearing all going on in your life at the mo, it is no wonder you have not been able to write. But that is ok. You need to be able to put you first in order to then be able to do what you need to do and those of us who have been following your journey understand and are here. xx

  10. Leni says:

    Also a loyal fan here. I shall wait patiently for your next book, whenever that may be. Sometimes you just have to take time out to regroup.

  11. Corey says:

    For my comment I figured I’d let you know how much I have enjoyed your books. I’d have to say that Passing Through has been my favorite followed by Nothing Special, Like a Lover, Helping Hand, The Dating Game and They Marrying Kind. Looking forward to what you come up with next.
    A fan in Alaska.

    • Hi Corey, thanks so much. It’s always great to hear about people reading and enjoying my stories. Passing Through is one of my favourites too, so I’m glad you like that one 🙂

  12. Laura Freeman says:

    Loved reading Practice Makes Perfect. Looking forward to what you write next!

  13. I’m loving the housemate’s series!

  14. bugetta says:

    I’m sorry June was such a tough month for you. Here’s to July being better! 🙂 I’m so excited to hear that both The Law of Attraction and Like a Lover will be out on audio! I love “re-reading” books via audio and you’ve got really great narrators in Mark Steadman and Matthew Rhys Davies. Thanks for all the wonderful books you write. 🙂

    • Thank you! yeah, it’s exciting having new audio and I was lucky to find such good narrators for my work. I’m hoping TLOA will show up on audible next week sometime 🙂

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