Whoa, stop right there with that plotters nightmare you've just put forward. If my story twists, it's because I **gasp** have not plotted it comprehensively enough. I try and wrangle my twists and turns into submission before I write Chapter 1, and in that plotting process I often find a nice little garden path of go down that I didn't necessarily see before. Character drives plot for me and I tend to let them have the last word.
Don't really have a best time of year. In the summer, however, my kids tend to be around and seem to regard the door to my writing cave as a challenge to be overcome.
I went the traditional route. My first publisher was a digital only. My medievals are published through Lyrical (Kensington) which is e-books. My contemporaries are to be published by Kensington (Zebra) and will be available in paperback and ebook. I am in awe of people who take that brave step into self-publishing, but the traditional route fit me and my risk averse nature better.
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