It’s the end of the month and time for another segment of my monthly Wrap Up. This is where I open up about running my business and let you have a sneak peak into the dirty details of a Romance author’s career. I’m covering which projects I’m working on, any set backs or opportunities that come my way, the truth about submissions, and more.
I’m a firm believer in accountability, which is why starting last October, I’ve started detailing my goals for the next month and wrapping them up at the end. This helps me focus throughout the entire month, especially when I’m answering to my readership and not just myself. Shall we give it a try? For April, my goals included:
- Finishing revisions on Resurrecting Her Special Agent
And for May, I’m setting out to:
- Start the draft a new FREE paranormal romance novella for my newsletter subscribers (yay!)
- Draft the first book in a new full-length romantic suspense series and prep the series proposal for a prospective publisher (super excited!)
MY PRIMARY PROJECT: WRITING CATEGORY ROMANCE
Revisions for Resurrecting Her Special Agent are finished and the book has been sent off to my critique partners. So I can count this month’s goal completed.
Wow. This book… I fast-drafted this novel last October-November for my Write a 70,000-word Novel in 30 Days challenge and I definitely didn’t expect the revisions to go so smoothly after working on the first book in the series for nearly two years straight. I honestly learned a lot during that process and I guess it’s enabled me to write a stronger, more defined romance. Of course I took out some scenes, elaborated on others, and ensured the romance plays a key part in the book, but this wasn’t the total rewrite I’m used to.
It’s kind of refreshing, to be honest, and a little scary. There have been books I’ve written in less than three months, but ended up rewriting the entire thing a year later. Multiple times. Here’s me praying I haven’t repeated my past mistakes!
I have two books out of submission right now with the same publisher.
The first of my brand new romantic suspense series, Falling for Her Traitor, is the book I’ve been rewriting and revising for the past two years. Resurrecting Her Special Agent (the one I just finished revising) is the second book in the series. I received a revise and resubmit for this book in January from a prospective publisher and I was able to resubmit the revised manuscript to the requesting editor the end of March. Now I’m just waiting to see if the changes lead to a contract.
The second book on submission is the second book in my Afterlife series, His Seductive Target. I’ve had a few hiccups with getting this book contracted as a lot of publishers aren’t accepting PNR submissions at this time, especially those revolving around demons. I was asked to rewrite the book to shifters by my publisher, but in the end, I decided that wasn’t best for the story or for my readers. It took a lot of time and strength for me to come to that decision and I’m still not sure what’s going to happen to the book. However, during a Twitter pitch even a few weeks ago, I found an editor interested in taking a look and I can only hope for good news in the next few weeks.
Because, you know, publishing is the ultimate practice for patience.
I love writing that heading. Because honestly, I don’t get to do it enough in these month end wrap ups.
Starting Monday, I’m going to be working on a new explosive romantic series I can’t get my mind off of. The series will be centered around a military contractor and his team (men and women) who are hired to get the job done when law enforcement can’t. The series will be set both in the US and overseas and I can’t wait to share more news with you.
MY SECONDARY PROJECT: CONTINUING EDUCATION
I kind of absorbed any and all education I could this month. From writing Romance to running my business, I really just couldn’t help but take advantage of a few courses and even signed up for a few more. This month I took part in ByRegina The e-Book on Email Lists, a Kiss of Death RWA Weapons Class, and The 5 Days of Creative Marketing email course by Violeta Nedkova.
MY TBR PROJECT
I couldn’t stop reading this month either. And really, that’s probably why I’m super excited to start a new romantic suspense project and work on a paranormal free read at the same time. The more books I read, the more I want to write and I fully intend to ride this inspiration high as long as I can. And yes, I’m catching up on all the Cynthia Eden books I have on my Kindle. Lol. The books I read this month include (not including DNFs):
- No One to Trust by Katie Rues
- Broken by Cynthia Eden
- Protector for Hire by Tawna Fenske
- A Bit of Bite by Cynthia Eden
- Bound by Blood by Cynthia Eden
- Bound in Darkness by Cynthia Eden
- Bound in Death by Cynthia Eden
- A Vampire’s Christmas Carol by Cynthia Eden
That’s it for this month’s Wrap Up! I thoroughly enjoy giving you a sneak peak into the life a Romance author. If there’s something you’d like to see in these wrap ups or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.