My Next Challenge???

Check these pictures out.

What do you see?

Hmm.. I THINK if you click the image, it gets bigger. Or maybe just lean in close.


Also, some of the pictures below will be utilized with some of those above covers (bear with me):


Got any clue?


I’m not doing a very good job of explaining this, am I?

Imagine the different covers with the different images. Some cropped, some flipped… any help?


Okay, this is kinda going of in the wrong direction.

Here’s the challenge:


My book Double Blind – the one that’s in that big 25-book anthology with all the New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors – reverts back to me on February 28th.

One of the really cool and super helpful authors in that anthology, who has made the New York Times bestseller list FOUR times, said the book ought to kick off a series and to release a new book in the series – ready for this? – every six weeks.

It’s my opinion if a FOUR TIME New York Times Bestselling Author gives you book writing advice, you should take it.

Release a book every six weeks? That means you basically have to have the next books in the series written before you launch the series, unless you can write a whole book in six weeks.


To write TWO more Sergio-Carly murder mysteries between now and February 28th.

That’s almost five months. I should be able to do that, right? And if it goes well, I should be able to write another one in the six weeks after that. (That’s how long it took to write the first one, Double Blind.)

What do you think? Can I do it? Could you?

Will you be cheering me on?

The clock starts today. I’ve been kicking around ideas for the next story; I guess I’ll jot them down and make an outline and get started.

Wish me luck!



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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

18 thoughts on “My Next Challenge???

  1. you can do it – people write 50k during NaNo, sometimes without even knowing where the story is headed, so you’re ahead of the starter’s gun if you do know …
    2k a day = 60k a month – how long are your books? 75k? that’s five weeks, and one week for the editing – but I’d leave that until you’ve written the two, then come back to one and edit, etc.
    It can be done. If you have a direction
    It just means that inspiration kicks in at the same time each day and doesn’t end until at least that 2k is done and dusted, right? Discipline. Determination. Dedication.

  2. I would not be able to manage a time line like this Dan. I am sure you can though if you put your mind to it and already have a stories outlined in your mind. I would have to give up my day job to write at this capacity.

  3. Some challenge – but I reckon you’re the kinda guy who can pull it off. I guess we’ll not be hearing much from you for a while (apart, that is from book promotional e-mails!)

    1. That’s the thing. The challenge is to do the books and still do all the other stuff that I do.

      So I’m still gonna be working with the gradeschool kids in my young authors club, still blogging, still doing editing and private critique group and all the other stuff – and writing two more books.

  4. Best of luck to you. I know you will kill it. I like challenges and I bet I could make a good stab at it. 😊 But then, I have never published anything, yet, and I a working out from under a major event. You know, I just might try a scaled-back version. I am thinking…

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